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Victorian Government looks to employ ‘ticket cops’ in resale clampdown
In an expansion of its initiatives to reduce illegal ticket resales and scalping, the Victorian Government is looking to introduce new 'ticketing officers' with the power to seize tickets which have been illegally resold.
Funding was announced in the latest Victorian budget for ‘authorised ticketing officers’ with powers to seize tickets illegally resold for designated major events, including music and sporting occasions.
For-profit (+10% of face value) ticket resale is illegal in Victoria for certain ‘declared major events’, such as large sporting fixtures. Those who violate the law can be fined up to $475,000..
While the Major Sporting Events Act 2009 originally applied only to a select few major sports matches, the Victoria Government says it will “expand the number of declared major events ... to prevent ticket scalping”, including non-sporting events such as music and live entertainment.
The officers will patrol major events, targeting those touting tickets near the gates, as well as online on Viagogo and classifieds site Gumtree, according to Melbourne newspaper The Age.
According to the 2009 act, the ticketing officers can be either regular police officers or private security guards licensed under the Private Security Act 2004.
Victorian Sports Minister John Eren (pictured) said the proposals would “give fans of all types a fairer go and bring even more events to Victoria”.
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