About the Greyhound Welfare
and Integrity Commission
The Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission is the independent regulator for the greyhound industry in NSW. The Commission is responsible for making sure the welfare of greyhounds is protected, ensuring those doing the wrong thing are held accountable and safeguarding the integrity of the industry. It will focus on upholding high animal welfare standards, overseeing the integrity of greyhound racing, and monitoring and enforcing compliance. The Commission will prepare an enforceable code of practice for the welfare of greyhounds and be responsible for revising the Greyhound Racing Rules. It will also develop a new licensing and accreditation scheme and implement a whole of life cycle tracking system for greyhounds. The Commission, constituted by the Greyhound Racing Act 2017 was a recommendation of the Greyhound Reform Panel. The reform panel recommended separation of the commercial and regulatory functions carried out by Greyhound Racing NSW. Regulatory functions will be transferred to the Commission.
This is the temporary website for the Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission while the Commission is in the process of being established. The permanent website will be online in March 2018. The transition of welfare and regulatory functions from Greyhound Racing NSW to the Commission will begin in the second half of 2018. In the interim, please refer all integrity and welfare concerns to the Greyhound Welfare Hotline 1800 680 174.
These functions include:
In February 2015, serious animal welfare breaches and corruption in the NSW greyhound industry were exposed. The NSW Government established a “Special Commission of Inquiry into the Greyhound Racing Industry in New South Wales” led by Michael Mc Hugh. The Commission was charged with investigating animal rights abuses in the industry. As a result of the inquiry, Premier Mike Baird announced an immediate ban on the greyhound racing industry. He subsequently reversed the ban and set up the Greyhound Reform Panel to provide recommendations on new animal welfare and governance arrangements to reform the industry. The aim of the reform panel was to put the protection and promotion of animal welfare at the centre of the industry and to impose the strictest measures in the country to address animal cruelty.
In February 2017, the Greyhound Industry Reform Panel released its recommendations which included separating the functions of Greyhound Racing NSW. They would retain commercial functions but regulatory functions would transfer to the newly established Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission.
Meet the Commissioners
Alan Brown is a solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW with 45 years’ experience in providing legal advice and services to the commercial, banking, finance, and property sectors.
He was the independent chair of Moss Capital Funds Management Limited and a member of the advisory board of Moss Capital Pty Ltd before its listing on the ASX as Elanor Investments Limited. Alan also has extensive experience in the racing industry, having served as an independent chair on a number of boards and committees. With Racing NSW, he served as chair, deputy chair and director. He also served as chair, vice chair, treasurer and director of the Sydney Turf Club. Alan has been appointed Chief Commissioner for three years and the role is part-time.
Dr John Keniry is a chemical engineer who has held extensive leadership positions in the private and public sector including various senior executive roles with Goodman Fielder Limited and CSR Limited.
He has served as chair of Ridley Corporation Limited, President of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Commissioner for the NSW Natural Resources Commission. John has also been appointed to a number of taskforces including the Prime Minister’s Biofuels Taskforce, NSW Abalone Industry Taskforce and Consumer Literacy Taskforce. He was co-ordinator general of the NSW Greyhound Transition Taskforce.
John has been appointed as a part time Commissioner for 12 months.
Clare Petre is the former NSW Energy and Water Ombudsman and a Senior Assistant Commonwealth Ombudsman.
Clare currently serves as chair of a number of boards and committees including Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) - Consumer Advisory Panel, Credit and Investments Ombudsman Limited (CIO) - Consumer Liaison Committee, Asylum Seekers Centre, and the Australian Council for International Development - Code of Conduct Committee. She is also a board member of Energy Consumers Australia and City West Housing. Clare was chair of the Australian & New Zealand Ombudsman Association, and has served on various federal and state bodies.
Clare has been appointed as a part time Commissioner for 12 months.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission?
The Commission is responsible for upholding high animal welfare standards and ensuring wrong doers are brought to justice. It will develop and recommend an enforceable animal welfare code for greyhounds and be responsible for revising the Greyhound Racing Rules.
Has the Commission been set up to shut down the Greyhound Industry
The Commission’s objective is to promote and protect the welfare of greyhounds, safeguard the integrity of greyhound racing and betting and maintain public confidence in the industry.
What powers and functions does the Commission have?
The Commission’s powers are legislated under the Greyhound Racing Act 2017. The functions include controlling, supervising and regulating greyhound racing in NSW and initiating, developing and implementing policies relating to the welfare of greyhounds. The Commission’s other functions include registering greyhounds, greyhound racing industry participants and greyhound trial tracks, preparing the code of practice for the welfare of greyhounds and revising greyhound racing rules.
Why is the Commission located in Bathurst?
An independent report was commissioned to undertake an analysis of suitable locations for the Commission headquarters. A regional base was recommended because of the strong regional presence of greyhound racing in NSW. A number of locations were considered and Bathurst was the preferred option.
When will the Commission become operational?
The Commission is expected to be operational by the second half of 2018. Although the Greyhound Racing Act 2017 (GRA), which established the Commission and reconstituted GRNSW was passed by NSW Parliament last year, most of the provisions are yet to commence. These provisions will come into effect once the Commission assumes responsibility for regulatory and welfare functions. However, a number of critical elements of the reforms such as the licensing and registration system, the regulations of the GRA, the new greyhound racing rules and the Code of Practice for the Welfare of Greyhounds will need to be in place before the transition is complete. In the meantime, GRNSW will continue to exercise the industry’s regulatory and welfare functions until they are fully transferred to the Commission. The Commission will work with GRNSW to ensure the transfer of functions occurs as seamlessly as possible.