Victoria to strengthen anti-scalping laws

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The Victorian government is cracking down on scalpers trying to get around Victoria's existing laws to sell jacked-up tickets to major events.

Amendments to the state's anti-scalping legislation, to be introduced in parliament on Tuesday, will target those buying tickets and then obscuring inflated resale seat prices through hospitality, experiences or merchandise packages.

The updated laws will require resellers of all tickets to declared major events to state the face value, asking price and seat details of tickets in their advertisements on the secondary market.

Event organisers must also publish a register of authorised sellers of ticket packages for each declared major event, while companies will need to state they are authorised sellers in any ticket package advertisements.

Tourism, Sport and Major Events Minister Martin Pakula said it was important ticket buyers had confidence they weren't being ripped off.

"These changes will provide more safeguards and greater transparency for the passionate and dedicated Victorians who are the backbone of events in this state," he said.

The amendments build on 2018's anti-scalping laws, which make it illegal to advertise for sale or sell a ticket to a declared event for more than 10 per cent above the face value.

Since the rules came into effect, 20,510 tickets have been removed from reselling websites and more than 60 fines issued including eight from this year's Australian Open and AFL Anzac Day clash.

The Australian Open, Boxing Day Test, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Moulin Rouge! The Musical and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child are listed as declared events under the anti-scalping laws.

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