Greyhound Racing.
Embracing Change.

Phil - The Trainer

It’s no secret that greyhound racing has come under fire recently. But what about the industry’s salt of the earth – the law abiders, animal welfare upholders and long-timers? The ones who respect the sport and adore their dogs, like Phil, Noelene and Raelee?

This is the side of racing you don’t hear about. And their stories are too important to ignore. It’s why we’re 6 months into a transformation plan that aims to prevent further misconduct and ensure these stories continue being told.

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Welfare &
Integrity
Fund

From 1 July 2015 to support a raft of measures aimed at improving integrity and welfare outcomes for greyhounds.

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Welfare & 
Integrity
Fund

Evidence
Based Policy
Development

Investing in research to inform policy approach and support best practice.

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Evidence 
Based Policy 
Development

Extending The
Racing Careers
Of Greyhounds

Investigating initiatives to improve career longevity while enhancing Masters Racing.

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Extending The 
Racing Careers 
Of Greyhounds

Introduction
Of Licensing

Ensuring ALL industry participants and facilities are registered, contribute to the costs of regulation and benefit from improved industry supervision. Developing competency based accreditation for industry.

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Introduction 
Of Licensing

Revised Code
Of Practice

For participants to outline minimum standards for the care of greyhounds.

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Revised Code 
Of Practice

Track Design
Review

To ensure safe racing.

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Track Design
Review

New Industry
Supervision
Strategy

Intelligence led, outcomes focused and risk based approach. Additional investigators and compliance officers.

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New Industry
Supervision
Strategy

Drug Detection
Initiatives

Enhancing integrity of swabbing operations. Increasing the number of samples. Investing in research and education to address known and emerging risks.

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Drug Detection 
Initiatives

Welfare At
The Centre Of
Everything We Do

Engaging a Chief Veterinary Officer to drive welfare strategy and enhance veterinary services.

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Welfare At 
The Centre Of 
Everything We Do

Welfare &
Integrity
Hotline

Independent hotline to provide information and report concerns.

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Welfare & 
Integrity 
Hotline

Promoting
Responsible
Breeding

Through additional controls and education.

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Promoting 
Responsible 
Breeding

Investment In
Greyhounds
As Pets

Maximising rehoming opportunities.

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Investment In
Greyhounds 
As Pets

Latest News

Joint Working Group Release Final Report Posted on: 22/02/2016

The Joint Working Group (JWG) has provided its final report to Greyhound Racing (GRNSW) Chief Executive Paul Newson. The report aims to assist in providing options and recommended actions to drive reform in the NSW greyhound racing industry. The report…

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GRNSW Releases Industry Supervision Strategy Posted on: 18/02/2016

Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) has released its first ever Industry Supervision Strategy which clearly articulates the organisation’s regulatory approach to supervising greyhound racing in NSW. The Industry Supervision Strategy outlines GRNSW’s regulatory purpose, strategic priorities and objectives in relation to…

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Superstar of Glebe Posted on: 17/12/2015

Forget rock stars, models and TV presenters – Junior is the real superstar of Glebe. The five-year-old graduate from GRNSW’s Greyhounds As Pets (GAP) program has become one of the most popular faces around the inner west Sydney suburb –…

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Investigation Unit Overhaul Posted on: 17/12/2015

Greyhound Racing NSW has overhauled its Investigations unit as part of its ongoing reform of the NSW greyhound racing industry. Increased kennel inspections, new covert surveillance techniques and the encouragement of informants to help expose wrongdoing will be among the…

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Comprehensive New Rules Posted on: 17/12/2015

GRNSW has implemented a series of comprehensive new rules to ensure the responsible breeding of greyhounds. The rule changes were introduced on July 1 as part of GRNSW’s ongoing and robust reform process in response to the live baiting scandal.…

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Martin Place Open Day Posted on: 17/12/2015

GRNSW Greyhounds As Pets’ recent Open Day not only stopped traffic – it also made TV stars out of some of the wonderful greyhounds on show! The event, which took place at Martin Place in the heart of Sydney’s CBD,…

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Meet The
Participants

  • The Sisters

    Daughters to a breeder, mother to a trainer, dedicated lifelong trainers

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  • Phil

    Part-time trainer, serious bush walker, greyhound enthusiast

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  • Raelee

    Breast cancer survivor, fundraising champion, greyhound lover

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  • Dimity

    Young trainer, active re-homer, welfare ambassador

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  • Cameron

    Fun-loving greyhound breeder, part-time rearer, gentle handler

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Transformation
Plan Facts

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    01 Welfare &
    Integrity Fund

    From 1 July 2015 GRNSW has implemented a $1.1m Welfare & Integrity Fund to support a raft of measures aimed at improving integrity and welfare outcomes for greyhounds.

    Major initiatives the fund will help finance include:

    • Increased education and compliance resources;
    • Engaging a Chief Veterinary Officer to lead the welfare strategy for the sport and ensure welfare is central to everything GRNSW does;
    • Enhancing the GRNSW Greyhounds As Pets program to promote the greyhound as the perfect urban pet and achieve increased adoptions; and
    • A proposed $350 rebate for approved animal welfare groups that re-home greyhounds to recognise the important work being done and achieve adoption for increased numbers of greyhounds.
    Welfare & 
Integrity Fund
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    02 Evidence Based
    Policy Development

    GRNSW is committed to reforming the sport of greyhound racing through a considered and evidence based approach. GRNSW acknowledges that further investment in research is required to inform its future policy approach and promote best practice to ensure the welfare of greyhounds is safeguarded and better support participants.

    As part its commitment to evidence based decision making, GRNSW engaged Working Dog Alliance to produce a landmark report which details best practice methods in the care, welfare, education and training of all racing greyhounds.

    Whilst providing valuable insights in best practice methodologies, the review suggested that further investment in research was necessary, including with respect to greyhound motivation to chase, lure design and track design.

    A substantial research agenda is being prepared by GRNSW to guide industry thinking, inform GRNSW’s policy direction and contribute to a national knowledge library and promote a richer dialogue for the betterment of the sport.

    Evidence Based 
Policy Development
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    03 Extending The Racing
    Careers Of Greyhounds

    GRNSW is committed to investigating, developing and implementing initiatives to improve career longevity for greyhounds while enhancing its current Masters Racing scheme.

    Masters Racing is currently only for greyhounds aged 3 and a half or older, providing these greyhounds with a suitable level of racing to extend their racing career. This form of racing is targeted at older greyhounds that are no longer competitive in standard races, providing them with opportunities to compete and extending their racing careers.

    GRNSW has recently undertaken a review of Masters Racing that will form part of the overall Grading Policy Review aimed at promoting the highest standard of racing while encouraging greater diversity of competition and career longevity for racing greyhounds.

    Extending The Racing 
Careers Of Greyhounds
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    04 Introduction
    Of Licensing

    GRNSW is committed to ensuring all industry participants and facilities are registered, contribute to the costs of regulation and benefit from improved industry supervision.

    This will see GRNSW develop competency based accreditation for all greyhound racing participants including trainers, breeders, rearers, whelpers and educators. This will provide a new foundation level of collective knowledge for all participants and assist the development and implementation of best practice across the sport.

    The comprehensive licensing arrangements will be competency based and include mandatory education packages to receive and maintain a licence prior to receiving their licence thus provide an opportunity for new and existing participants to be educated about all aspects of each facet of the industry.

    Introduction 
Of Licensing
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    05 Revised Code
    Of Practice

    GRNSW released a revised Code of Practice for Breeding, Rearing and Education as part of GRNSW’s licensing of breeders that came into effect on 1 July 2015.

    The Code provides an overarching framework for breeders, rearers and educators by specifying the minimum standards of accommodation, management and care to uphold the welfare of all greyhounds located at breeding establishments.

    These minimum standards cover a range of areas including health and veterinary care, nutrition and greyhound housing size.

    The overriding theme of the Code is that the wellbeing of the greyhound must be the primary consideration of participants and be safeguarded by GRNSW. It was developed with the assistance of animal welfare experts and existing standards imposed on breeders by the NSW Government.

    Revised Code 
Of Practice
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    06 Track Design
    Review

    GRNSW accepts that the design and surface material of a greyhound racing track impacts greyhound welfare and contributes to the risk of injury.

    As such, GRNSW is committed to undertaking a comprehensive review of the design of NSW greyhound tracks to assist development of an industry standard for race track design.

    While not exhaustive, it is anticipated that the review will consider optimum track length, shape, and other variables such as track surface and box positioning in order to maximise the safety of racing.

    In addition, the review will tie in with other planned research on greyhound chase motivation and lure design as recommended by the landmark report conducted by Working Dog Alliance on best practice methods in the care, welfare, education and training of racing greyhounds.

    Track Design
Review
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    07 New Industry
    Supervision Strategy

    GRNSW is developing a new Industry Supervision Strategy to assist with its transition to an intelligence led and risk based compliance approach with a clearer focus on outcomes and performance monitoring to improve industry performance and accountability.

    Once activated, GRNSW’s Industry Supervision Strategy will improve awareness and guidance activities and target more serious failures or misconduct for escalated enforcement action including referral to other regulatory authorities where appropriate.

    The Industry Supervision Strategy will position GRNSW to better supervise industry including improved engagement and guidance, as well as more robust monitoring and assurance activities to deter wrongdoing and ensure participants found to have breached compliance obligations are held to account.

    New Industry 
Supervision Strategy
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    08 Drug Detection
    Initiatives

    GRNSW is continually enhancing the integrity of swabbing operations for racing greyhounds both in and out of competition. Former NSW Police Deputy Commissioner David Madden was engaged to undertake an independent operational review of GRNSW’s drug testing program to assist identifying any vulnerabilities in current practices or opportunities to adopt best practice.

    As a result of the review, GRNSW anticipates substantially enlarging its substance detection program including increasing the number of samples and investing in research and education to identify and address known and emerging risks.

    As part of this process, GRNSW has begun a select tender process for the provision of forensic testing services as part of its continued efforts to enhance integrity within the greyhound racing industry.

    It is anticipated this provision of services will deliver contemporary best practice in forensic testing and assist GRNSW in providing greater guidance to stakeholders around known and emerging risks to the sport.

    Drug Detection 
Initiatives
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    09 Welfare At The Centre
    Of Everything We Do

    GRNSW is repositioning the organisation to ensure welfare is at the centre of everything we do.

    A Chief Veterinary Officer has been appointed to lead the investigation, development and implementation of GRNSW’s policy and education initiatives to deliver improved welfare outcomes, assist recovering community confidence and move the sport towards a sustainable future.

    In addition to driving welfare reform, the Chief Veterinary Officer will review GRNSW’s veterinary services to ensure the sport is recognised as providing contemporary best practice and further develop GRNSW’s Greyhounds as Pets program.

    Welfare At The Centre 
Of Everything We Do
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    10 Welfare &
    Integrity Hotline

    GRNSW, in partnership with Service NSW, established the independent Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Hotline to encourage the public to report any concerns they may have about the conduct of NSW greyhound racing.

    The hotline is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with concerns able to be lodged either over the phone or online via an e-form.

    The dedicated hotline is an important measure that signals improved accountability and affirms animal welfare and integrity are the principal focus of GRNSW going forward.

    People can lodge a concern with the greyhound welfare and integrity hotline by calling 1800 680 174 or by visiting www.greyhoundwelfare.com.au.

    Welfare & 
Integrity Hotline
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    11 Promoting
    Responsible Breeding

    GRNSW has adopted a national approach to breeding that will reduce the number of unsuitable greyhounds being bred, and to ensure the decision to breed a litter of greyhounds is a considered one.

    The new breeding controls are one of the measures contained in the National Greyhound Welfare Strategy and are designed to ensure the health and fitness of a greyhound is not adversely affected, as well as preventing the ongoing breeding of a dam that has not produced successful offspring.

    Other initiatives that have been undertaken under the National Greyhound Welfare Strategy are as follows:

    • Ending the Blue Paws NSW Breeders and Owners Incentive Scheme on 30 June 2015.
    • The introduction of new breeder’s licences and breeding restrictions from 1 July 2015.
    • Rule amendments requiring persons to seek the approval from GRNSW to breed dams over the age of eight and to breed a fourth litter or more.
    • Limiting the frequency of litters for an individual dam to two litters in any 18 month period and requiring the registration of all dams to GRNSW.
    Promoting 
Responsible Breeding
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    12 Investment In
    Greyhounds As Pets

    Greyhounds As Pets is a not for profit industry initiative coordinated by GRNSW. The objective is to improve animal welfare in the greyhound racing industry by providing homes for greyhounds after they finish their racing careers.

    This financial year will see a 86% increase in funding for the Greyhounds As Pets program, aimed at expanding promotion of the greyhound as the perfect urban pet and achieving increased adoptions.

    GRNSW commissioned an independent review of its Greyhounds As Pets re-homing program. The review identified opportunities to further develop and enhance the program to ensure it is able to successfully re-home increased numbers of greyhounds as urban pets.

    Further, a portion of the money raised via the $1.1m Welfare and Integrity Fund will be channelled towards the program to drive efficient operations and increased adoptions.

    Investment In
Greyhounds As Pets

Frequently Asked
Questions

What is GRNSW doing to ensure live baiting doesn’t happen again?

GRNSW concedes that it has failed to adequately supervise the industry and there is a need for a more considered inspection program.

GRNSW has recently undertaken numerous measures to boost industry supervision and improve compliance outcomes. Primarily, a new General Manager Compliance and Principal Investigator have been appointed to lead the compliance and investigations teams respectively. The Investigations team will take ownership of more serious or complex investigations.

To supplement the creation of a new investigations and intelligence section that aims to improve compliance outcomes for the industry, GRNSW has established, in partnership with Service NSW, a greyhound welfare and integrity hotline to encourage the public to confidentially report any concerns they may have about the conduct of NSW greyhound racing.  The hotline is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with concerns able to be lodged:

What is GRNSW doing to reduce unnecessary euthanasia of greyhounds?

GRNSW has been investigating, developing and implementing a number of measures to reduce the euthanasia of healthy greyhounds. One of the primary aims of the National Greyhound Welfare Strategy (NGWS) is to further reduce the number of greyhounds being bred and identify end of career alternatives for greyhounds.

The introduction of new greyhound breeding restrictions from 1 July 2015 was the first significant initiative delivered under the NGWS. The measures included the introduction of a breeder’s licence for participants, a registration requirement for breeding females, breeding restrictions, a breeders education pack and new Code of Practice for minimum standards of care.

Further, GRNSW is currently undertaking a compliance project to ensure that greyhound owners comply with the requirement to lodge Notification of Retirement forms when the status of their greyhound is changed. This will provide GRNSW with more information on the status of non-racing greyhounds and will allow for the collection and analysis of data around what happens when a greyhound retires from racing.

This information will enable GRNSW to make informed and considered decisions on end of racing strategies for greyhounds.

What is GRNSW doing to increase greyhound adoptions?

In April 2015, GRNSW commissioned a review of the Greyhounds As Pets program to maximise its capability in rehoming retired racing greyhounds. The review report conducted by an independent consultant made numerous findings and recommendations on ways to enhance the program, secure improved capacity and deliver a significant increase in the number of greyhounds that are successfully rehomed as urban pets.

As part of the commitment to maximising greyhound adoptions, GRNSW’s Chief Veterinary Officer is also developing strategies to assist other greyhound rehoming organisations in continuing the important work that they undertake. Further, it is recognised that there are opportunities in the greyhound rearing and training process to maximise the chances of the dogs ultimately becoming suitable pets.

These efforts will go hand in hand with the increased marketing promotions that are aimed at increasing awareness about what great pets’ greyhounds make. This effort to drive demand for greyhounds as pets saw the creation of a marketing campaign, entitled ‘Beware of the Greyhound’, that GRNSW launched earlier this year to help dispel misconceptions around the greyhound breed and promote greyhounds as the perfect pet.

What is GRNSW doing in regard to racing injuries?

GRNSW accepts that the design and surface material of a greyhound racing track has a direct impact on greyhound welfare and directly affects the number and types of injuries caused to a greyhound. In September 2014 GRNSW appointed a Track Maintenance Manager to assist, mentor and guide track curators in track preparation and preventative maintenance and drive key safety initiatives on track and racing infrastructure upgrades and track surface maintenance.

The Track Maintenance Manager has compiled a detailed report outlining priorities that require attention at tracks and detailing a three year plan recommending actions to GRNSW and clubs to standardise track preparation equipment, track surfaces and racing infrastructure in the TAB sector.

Recently, GRNSW has called for proposals from suitably qualified organisations to conduct research to identify optimum track design to increase career longevity and positively impact individual greyhound welfare.

What is GRNSW doing about greyhound exports?

The biggest challenge with greyhound exports is that, despite the industry’s rule that registered participants must obtain a GA issued passport before export, GA’s Passport Scheme does not have the regulatory backing of Australian law and does not form part of the compulsory export regulations required by the Federal Department of Agriculture’s Biosecurity Unit. This effectively means that the industry’s rule is not legally enforceable.

GRNSW understands that GA has sought discussion with the Federal Minister for Agriculture to seek support for legislative change, however the Minister has advised GA that the government is not prepared to impose additional regulation without evidence of market failure.

In June 2014, Greyhounds Australasia (GA) published its final report into Australian greyhound export welfare standards. As part of this report, required standards were developed for compliance by jurisdictions seeking to import Australian greyhounds. These included minimum standards for:

  • greyhound housing: kennel sizes, location and construction;
  • health and veterinary care: health checks, veterinary care and euthanasia;
  • general welfare: exercise, hygiene, pest control, waste disposal, food and water, etc;
  • clubs, tracks and racing safety, venue upkeep; and
  • life cycle accountability: rules, record keeping, retirement.

The standards also seek to deal with the treatment of greyhounds once they are retired and promote greyhound adoption schemes and the strong regulation of euthanasia practices. The GA Board accepted each of the report’s 12 recommendations including maintaining GA’s suspension of the issuance of passports to Macau. Vietnam did not cooperate with the review, and is therefore non compliant meaning that GA does not issue passports to that destination.

GA therefore requires legislative amendment to the Commonwealth Export Control Act 1982 to make it mandatory for exporters to comply with GA’s Passport Scheme.

What is GRNSW doing about injury and death reporting?

GRNSW has commissioned an independent review of the current stewards’ reporting framework including its approach to on-track injuries and related euthanasia at NSW greyhound meetings. The review will provide recommendations to enhance the accountability and transparency of GRNSW by ensuring timely, accurate and complete monitoring and reporting of greyhound on-track injuries and related incidence of euthanasia.

The review will also examine the adequacy of GRNSW’s steward reporting policy and benchmark existing practices with other racing jurisdictions to ensure that GRNSW adopts contemporary best practice safeguards for the integrity of greyhound racing and meets stakeholder expectations. This review is due to be completed before the end of this year.

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