Putting fans first during footy finals

Putting fans first during footy finals

Footy fans will now have a fair go when buying tickets to this year’s 2018 Toyota AFL Final Series after the Andrews Labor Government officially declared it a major event.   

The 2018 Toyota AFL Final Series and the 2019 ANZAC Day clash between Collingwood and Essendon are the first declared ticketed major events under the amended Major Events Act 2009.

The crack-down on ticket scalpers is intended to help genuine sporting fans, theatre goers and music lovers access tickets for events on Victoria’s packed events calendar without having to pay inflated prices.

The declaration will make it an offence to resell tickets, or advertise tickets for resale, to the AFL matches for more than 10 per cent above the face value purchase price. This will apply to all AFL Final Series, along with the Toyota AFL Grand Final which is an already a declared event, held in Victoria.

The Toyota AFL Grand Final is one of Melbourne’s most prestigious sporting events, with last year’s match drawing a crowd of over 100,000.

The Major Events Act 2009 came into effect on 1 June 2018 after amendments to the Major Sporting Events Act 2009 were passed in Parliament to cover cultural events as well as sporting events.

New authorised ticketing officers will support Victoria Police in enforcing the new laws and prosecuting ticket scalpers. Penalties can range from $806 up to $483,500 depending on the nature of the offence.

Major events generate $1.8 billion for the Victorian economy per year and the importance of the sector is strongly recognised and supported by the Labor Government.

The Labor Government invested an additional $4.5 million in the Major Events Fund in the Victorian Budget 2018/19 to ensure our events calendar remains one of the most prestigious and most successful in the world.

For more information visit economicdevelopment.vic.gov.au/fair-go-for-fans.