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

More on the Commission's responsibilities

Welfare and Integrity

The Commission controls, supervises and regulates greyhound racing and develops policies and standards to protect animal welfare and the integrity of greyhound racing. It will also develop and introduce a Code of Practice for the Welfare of Greyhounds and revise 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 outcomes and will apply to all participants. There will be a transition period to enable existing participants to complete competency requirements under the new registration scheme. The new registration scheme will be introduced by 30 June 2019.

Register for Greyhounds

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

Developing a Bond

The Greyhound Industry Reform Panel recommended the creation of a bond for each greyhound bred, as a measure to reduce over breeding and unnecessary euthanasia. The Commission will consult with industry participants, welfare groups and stakeholders before any bond is introduced.

Assessing Fees

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