First On-The-Spot Fines Issued to Ticket Scalpers

  • Five individuals have become the first to face legal action under the McGowan Government’s new ticket scalping laws
  • Infringement notices relate to the recent sold-out UFC 284 event in Perth, with further cases still under investigation
  • Ticket mark-ups were up to 430 per cent of the original ticket price, exceeding the 10 per cent permitted
  • Footy fans urged to be on the lookout for ticket scalpers ahead of next weekend’s AFL western derby

On-the-spot fines of $2,000 each have been issued to five people who allegedly breached the McGowan Government’s new ticket scalping laws by re-selling tickets for more than the permitted 10 per cent mark-up.

The infringement notices, related to the recent sold-out UFC 284 event at Perth’s RAC Arena, are the first issued under the tough new measures introduced to protect eventgoers from price gouging.

Action was taken by Consumer Protection’s Compliance and Investigation Unit against two scalpers in WA, two in New South Wales and one in Queensland.

Mark-ups in these five alleged cases ranged from 24 to 430 per cent. In one case, a WA woman was selling tickets with an original sale price of $1,073 for $4,800 on an online marketplace.

Numerous other reports of ticket re-selling violations related to the UFC event are still being investigated by the regulator and further infringement notices are expected to be issued. If any cases go before the courts, individuals could face fines of up to $20,000 if found guilty.

The new laws, which were a McGowan Government election commitment, came into effect on 10 September 2021, but only warnings have been issued up until this point as part of an educational transition period.

The State Government is encouraging the WA public to be on the lookout for scalpers who may break the law for future concerts and sporting events that are likely to be sold out, such as the AFL Western Derby at Optus Stadium on Sunday April 2.

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