NSW greyhound racing industry
Former NSW Premier Mike Baird announced on 11 October 2016 a change to the Government’s policy in respect to greyhound racing in NSW.
The Greyhound Industry Reform Panel was established to provide recommendations on potential new animal welfare and governance arrangements to reform the industry and restore confidence in its integrity.
Greyhound Industry Reform Panel
The Government has appointed a Greyhound Industry Reform Panel, chaired by former Premier Morris Iemma. The Panel will determine the new regime that will ensure greyhound racing in NSW prioritises animal welfare, has a robust governance structure and a tough independent regulator to monitor the industry.
The five-person panel is chaired by former NSW Premier Morris Iemma, and includes representatives from the RSPCA, greyhound industry and NSW Government.
The Panel’s members are Simon Draper, Department of Premier and Cabinet (Deputy Chair); Steve Coleman, CEO, RSPCA NSW; Brenton Scott, Chief Executive, NSW Greyhound Racing Industry Alliance and Christine Middlemiss, NSW Chief Veterinary Officer.
Terms of Reference [PDF, 184kb]
The Greyhound Industry Reform Panel has handed its final report [PDF, 642kb]
to Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Racing Paul Toole.
The Panel’s recommendations include:
- Zero tolerance for animal cruelty and mandatory life bans from the industry for live baiting;
- Whole of life-cycle tracking of a greyhound so its whereabouts are known;
- Clear obligations for owners to be responsible for greyhounds for their full natural life;
- A new Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission to enforce compliance and
- Separating the commercial and regulatory functions currently carried out by Greyhound Racing NSW to minimise potential conflicts of interest and help build the community’s confidence in the industry.
The Government will now consider the Panel’s recommendations and make an announcement in due course on what reforms will be adopted.
The Government plans to introduce legislation to repeal the ban and implement new arrangements in coming months.
Issued: Thursday, 16 February 2017
Greyhound Review Panel report released [PDF, 112kb]
Issued: Tuesday, 11 October 2016
Greyhound racing given one final chance under toughest regulation in the country [PDF, 129kb]