NSW Greyhound Racing To Benefit From World Class Regulatory Reforms

Greyhound racing will benefit from industry-leading regulatory reform which is set to deliver enhanced scrutiny of all races in the state and overhaul current stewarding practices.

In an announcement from Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) today, the organisation will adopt an innovative approach to policing race meetings which will include maximising the use of technology for regulatory operations.

The introduction of these new measures will be a major change in GRNSW’s approach to raceday integrity operations and the identification process for greyhounds.

Some of the changes include:

  • A new approach to Race Day Integrity Services
  • Replacing Greyhound Certificates with Greyhound Identity Cards
  • Microchipping all greyhounds that are yet to be named
  • Establishing a Greyhound Welfare and Veterinary Services Unit within GRNSW
  • Making the attendance of vets at all Non-TAB race meetings compulsory

Under the changes to Race Day Integrity Services, a central control room will be established at GRNSW which will be serviced by a high speed private network and manned by a Race Day controller, who will also be assisted by an on-track Integrity Officer. The network will then beam live pictures back to the control room of raw race vision and closed circuit TV of restricted areas on the track while also allowing for video conferencing between the race track and control room.

The central control room will enhance integrity services by allowing for advanced monitoring of betting trends, early identification of potential incidents, detailed post meeting reviews and one central contact point for race day operational matters.

GRNSW Chief Executive Brent Hogan said greyhound racing will emulate several other professional sports which have used technology to overhaul traditional approaches to refereeing and umpiring.

“These changes will be rolled out over the vast majority of TAB tracks creating a world class integrity model to provide increased certainty and confidence to punters,” said Mr Hogan.

“The package of regulatory reforms and enhancements is consistent with a number of strategies outlined in GRNSW’s Strategic Plan Chasing 2020.”

Mr Hogan said there are also increased opportunities for distributing race vision from NSW tracks to be broadcast into untapped markets that could now be realised as a result of the technology involved in these changes.

“Embracing technology can lead to improved governance, operational efficiencies and innovative ways of doing business and this regulatory reform will demonstrate that. Our ability to use resources within the integrity division more efficiently will also be advantageous upon the project’s commencement.”

Due to the introduction of microchipping in March this year, GRNSW also announced the replacement of registration certificates with registration cards from 1 October 2011. To facilitate this, a process of retrospectively microchipping greyhounds will be announced in coming weeks.

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