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The establishment of the Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission was a key recommendation of the Greyhound Industry Reform Panel, which was set up to provide recommendations on how to establish greater oversight and enforcement of integrity and welfare standards in the industry. The reform panel made 122 recommendations and the NSW Government accepted all but one. The Commission aims to be operational by 1 July 2018 and will implement the reform panel recommendations, which represent significant changes for the industry and the way it operates.

Until 1 July 2018, appeals will be dealt with under the rules of racing administered by Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW). GRNSW will also continue to manage the regulatory functions of the industry until this date.

From 1 July 2018 the Commission will:

  • Control and regulate greyhound racing
  • Administer the Greyhound Racing Rules
  • Register greyhounds and industry participants (including but not limited to owners, breeders, trainers and bookmakers)
  • Investigate animal welfare and integrity concerns relating to greyhound racing in NSW
  • Employ race stewards and inspectors

From 1 July 2018 GRNSW will:

  • Register greyhound racing clubs
  • Develop safety standards for registered racecourses
  • Manage greyhound re-homing program (e.g. Greyhounds As Pets)
  • Distribute industry funding received from the TAB
  • Provide funding for the Commission

More on what the Commission will be responsible for from 1 July 2018

Welfare and Integrity

The Commission will control, supervise and regulate greyhound racing and develop policies and standards to protect animal welfare and the integrity of greyhound racing, including a Code of Practice for the Welfare of Greyhounds and revising the Greyhound Racing Rules.

Animal Welfare Committee

An Animal Welfare Committee has been established to provide advice to the Commission on greyhound welfare matters including the formulation of welfare policies and standards like the Code of Practice for the Welfare of Greyhounds.

Registration

A new registration scheme will be established to support improved animal welfare and will apply to all participants. The standard conditions of the new registration scheme will include mandatory education and training requirements, compliance with the code of practice, record keeping and reporting requirements, and the maximum number of dogs that can be kept by the licensee. There will be several categories of some registration types and industry participants will be required to complete training to obtain and retain their licence. There will be a transition period to enable existing participants to complete education requirements under the new registration scheme.

Developing a Bond

A new Register for Greyhounds, managed by the Commission, will capture the identity and whereabouts of all greyhounds throughout their life.

Register for Greyhounds

The Greyhound Industry Reform Panel recommended the creation of a bond for each greyhound bred, as a measure to reduce the number of greyhounds euthanised and combat over-breeding. The Commission will consult with industry participants, welfare groups and stakeholders to develop and implement the bond scheme.

Assessing Fees

The annual registration fee will be reviewed, to reflect regulatory changes and the new registration framework.