Victorian AFL Finals Under Anti-Scalping Target
Victorian-based AFL finals will for the first time be targeted by tough new anti-scalping laws.
The finals games as well as next year's Anzac Day clash have been declared major events, making it illegal for people to re-sell tickets for more than 10 per cent of face value.
Previously, only the AFL grand final was subject to the law.
"We're putting fans first - these laws deter unscrupulous scalpers and make sure fans can watch their teams play in the biggest games," acting Major Events Minister Philip Dalidakis said in a statement on Friday.
Authorised ticket officers will work with police to catch those flouting the laws, who face fines of between $806 to $483,500.
The Andrews government passed legislation in May to allow for the expansion of the list of declared major events, similar to the AFL grand final.
Other major sports events - such as the Australian Open - could also be in-line to be reclassified, but organisers must first write to the government to request a declaration.
The Melbourne Park tournament was plagued by scalping earlier this year, with tennis fans turned away at the gate due to holding dodgy tickets bought from online re-selling agency Viagogo.
Halfway through the grand slam, News Corp reported a quarter of Viagogo tickets weren't valid as they'd been sold multiple times or as child tickets.
The website was also selling $805 prime-location men's final seats for up to three times their face value.