08/10/2017 2:09 PM AEDT | Updated 08/10/2017 2:09 PM AEDT

Ticket Scalping Reforms To Help Stamp Out 'Shonky Operators' In NSW

Scaplers are in the state government's sights.

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NSW is getting tough on ticket scalpers.

The NSW Government has unveiled tough new ticket scalping reforms that it says will help curb price gouging for live concerts, sports and entertainment events.

Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean announced the proposed reforms on Sunday, saying the changes aimed to stop tickets being resold at grossly inflated prices on the secondary market.

The new rules would prevent anyone from reselling a ticket to a NSW event for more than the original sale price, he said.

"I'm sick and tired of consumers being taken for a ride by shonky operators looking to make a quick buck at the expense of ordinary fans," Kean said.

"We understand there may be legitimate reasons why people wish to on-sell event tickets, but we won't tolerate the often exorbitant prices they're listed online for.

"These reforms are about making tickets more accessible to the real fans that deserve to be able to enjoy their favourite sport or artist at a live event."

The reforms will reportedly be targeted at software that scalpers use to sweep up thousands of tickets in minutes then resell them at much higher prices.