Investigators in the Australian state of Victoria will be allowed to issue fines and seize tickets from suspected scalpers if legislation introduced in state parliament today (Thursday) aimed at tackling touts is passed.
According to the Herald Sun newspaper, the laws would outlaw selling tickets for “declared” events at more than 10 per cent above face value. Music, cultural and theatre events will also qualify for declared status, making it illegal for anyone to resell tickets for profit.
Sports minister John Eren said the changes were needed to stop Victorians being ripped off on secondary resale sites.
“We are the major events capital, we are the sporting and clearly we need to put a stop to these unscrupulous people who are prepared to rip Victorians off,’’ he said, according to the Herald Sun.
“For far too long now they have had their way so it’s time to stop it.’’
Eren added that he expects the legislation to pass both houses of Parliament in Victoria this year and take effect next year. He said that the state budget contains money to pay for the authorised officers, though is unsure of how many will be needed.
Tickets to see Ed Sheeran were recently seen advertised for as much as Aus$1,600 (£921/€1,032/$1,214) on secondary sites.
The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources will employ the ticket officers. They will monitor websites for advertisements or sales in breach of the new Major Events Act, as well as attending events and assisting police.