About / What we do
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 became operational on 1 July 2018 and will progressively implement applicable Reform Panel recommendations, which will represent significant changes for the industry and the way it operates.
Until 1 July 2018, appeals were dealt with under the rules of racing administered by Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW).
The Commission is responsible for:
- Controlling and regulating greyhound racing
- Administering the Greyhound Racing Rules
- Registering greyhounds and industry participants (including but not limited to owners, breeders, trainers and bookmakers)
- Investigating animal welfare and integrity concerns relating to greyhound racing in NSW
- Employing race stewards, inspectors, investigators and veterinary officers.
GRNSW is responsible for:
- Registering greyhound racing clubs
- Developing safety standards for registered racecourses
- Managing the greyhound re-homing program (e.g. Greyhounds As Pets)
- Distribution of industry funding received from the TAB
- Funding the Commission