Greyhound racing

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. On 16 February 2017, the panel's report was publicly released.

Next step to deliver greyhound racing reforms

The NSW Government’s greyhound industry reforms are progressing with recruitment underway for the new regulator and commercial body board.  Applications have opened for a Chief Commissioner and two Commissioners to lead the new independent Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission, as well as for directors for a reconstituted Greyhound Racing NSW.

Government's response to Greyhound Industry Reform Panel

On 28 March 2017, the NSW Government released its response to the Greyhound Industry Reform Panel.

After deciding to adopt all but one of the report’s 122 recommendations, the government is now taking legislation to Parliament to create a new regulatory regime for greyhound racing and ensure the industry has a sustainable future.

Greyhound Industry Reform Panel

The NSW 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. Read the Panel's Terms of Reference (PDF, 190 KB).

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
  • Christine Middlemiss, NSW Chief Veterinary Officer.

The Greyhound Industry Reform Panel has handed its final report (PDF, 606 KB) 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
  • 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 NSW 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.

For more information read the Report of the Special Commission of Inquiry into the Greyhound Racing Industry in NSW published in June 2016.

Media releases

Report panel final report

Recommendations—Greyhound Industry Reform Panel (PDF, 606 KB)