All greyhounds and industry participants must be registered with the Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission.
Only people who are deemed suitable will be registered and the Commission can refuse to register anyone if it decides it is in the best interests of the greyhound racing industry to do so.
The following must be registered with the Commission:
- all greyhounds owned, bred or kept by a greyhound racing participant
- greyhound racing participants
- greyhound trial tracks
- bookmakers and clerks
- greyhound trial track proprietors.
All registrants are required to comply with the conditions of their registration. Non-compliance can result in conditions or penalties being imposed on individuals or organisations. The Commission can decide to refuse, suspend or cancel registration if it is deemed in the best interests of the greyhound racing industry to do so. The Commission can refuse to register a greyhound trial track if it believes the track is not or will not be financially viable, or it is in the best interests of the greyhound racing industry to do so.
New Registration requirements from 1 September 2019
On 1 September 2019, new registration requirements were introduced for greyhound racing industry participants in NSW.
The new requirements are part of the industry reform recommendations made in February 2017 by the NSW Government’s Greyhound Industry Reform Panel.
People performing the following roles in the industry are now required to register with the Commission;
- Greyhound Health Assistants - A person who performs massage therapy, acupuncture, non-invasive injury detection and/or chiropractic treatment on a greyhound.
- Greyhound Promoters - A person who offers an interest in a greyhound or invites applications for an interest in a greyhound.
- Greyhound Trial Track Proprietors - A person who owns, leases, occupies and/or manages a trial track used by greyhounds which are not owned or leased by the proprietor. A trial track proprietor includes the registration types formerly known as trial track manager and trial track assistant manager.
- Greyhound Race Official: Starter - A person who is responsible for starting a race or trial.
- Greyhound Race Official: Lure Driver - A person who is responsible for driving and controlling a lure at a race meeting or trial.
- Greyhound Race Official: Judge - A person who judges the outcome of a race or trial and records the finishing positions of the greyhounds in the race or trial.
- Greyhound Race Official: Kennel & Track Attendant - A person who is involved in race day operations in an official capacity (excluding the swabbing officials). This includes the kennel and track attendants, kennel supervisor, kennel hands, weighing officials, catching pen operators and any other staff that assist in kennelling.
Anyone who is currently performing or intends to perform any of the above roles must register with the Commission by 31 December 2019. From 1 January 2020, fees will be payable for these applications and penalties may apply to anyone performing these roles while unregistered.
No registration fees will be charged for the above registration types if you apply before 31 December 2019.
From 1 January 2020, persons applying for any of the above registration types will be charged a registration fee.
How to apply
People who currently perform these roles, and who are already registered with the Commission in another capacity (e.g. as an owner, breeder, trainer, attendant etc.)
Any person who currently performs one or more of these roles, and who wishes to continue in the role from 1 January 2020, must complete the applicable registration form and return it with the Commission by 31 December 2019. People who are already registered with the Commission do not need to provide supporting documentation (e.g. police check, passport, photo ID or passport photo) with their application.
People who have never been registered with the Commission
Any person who wishes to undertake any of the above roles, and who is not already registered as a greyhound racing industry participant must complete the applicable registration form and return it with the Commission. In addition to the registration form, these applicants will need to provide a national police history check not older than 12 months, a colour passport size photograph, and a copy of their passport or driver’s licence.
If you have any questions about the new registration requirements, please call the Commission on 13 49 42 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.