Sale of the TAB


The Audit Office is of the opinion that:

  • the sale was delivered with reasonable efficiency and effectiveness

  • the sale yielded a satisfactory return to the NSW Government. The possibility for a higher return was limited to about 2% to 4% on gross proceeds of $936m. It would have required setting a higher share price for all investors and adopting a more flexible approach to share allocation

  • the Government’s objective to promote community and investor support was achieved. The scale of the demand for script added to costs and was not fully translated into higher proceeds  

  • generally satisfactory accountability frameworks were put in place for the sale and no probity concerns were identified

  • the frameworks to achieve the Government’s wider reforms of the racing and wagering industries have substantially been implemented.


Parliamentary reference - Report number #61 - released 23 December 1998