TA Press Release, August 16, 2018
In a major win for tennis fans, every match of Australian Open 2019 will be protected under new Victorian Government legislation.
Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley welcomed the decision to declare next year’s event.
“Every year, disappointed fans miss out on experiencing the Australian Open due to unauthorised tickets. It has been a constant source of frustration for us,” Tiley said.
“We pride ourselves on being the most fan-friendly event in Melbourne and by declaring every match of the tournament, genuine tennis fans will be able to fairly access tickets from ground passes to in-stadium seats next January.”
Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren made the decision to declare all matches at Australian Open 2019 under the Major Events Act 2009 due to the expected strong demand for tickets for next year’s tournament.
“By protecting the Australian Open from ticket scalpers, we’re ensuring more tennis fans have the opportunity to enjoy world-class major sporting events,” Minister Eren said.
“The Australian Open is one of the biggest events on Melbourne’s calendar and makes a massive contribution to our state’s economy – it deserves protection under our tough new laws.”
The Australian Open is the latest in a string of major events to be protected under the legislation which means tickets cannot be advertised for resale or resold for more than 10 per cent above the original value.
New authorised ticketing officers will support Victoria Police in enforcing the new law and prosecuting ticket scalpers. Penalties can range from $806 up to $483,500 depending on the nature of the offences.