Integrity / Rules and policies
Compliance and Enforcement Explanatory Guide
The Compliance and Enforcement Explanatory Guide explains how the Commission goes about its regulatory role, including its approach to achieving high levels of compliance by greyhound industry participants. This Guide also explains the requirements placed on participants and the Commission’s approach to detecting and bringing to account non-compliance.
This guide is designed for industry participants. It uses plain English to explain key concepts. Participants may need to obtain further advice, including legal advice, if disciplinary actions commence against them.
Greyhound Racing Rules
The Greyhound Racing Rules contain detailed requirements for participation and conduct in the NSW greyhound racing industry. The Greyhound Racing Rules apply to every greyhound, greyhound racing industry participant and greyhound racing trial track registered with the Commission. They also apply to greyhound racing clubs registered with GRNSW.
The Commission is administering the latest version of the Greyhound Racing Rules.
Previous versions of the Greyhound Racing Rules are available here.
The Greyhound Racing Rules are administered by the Commission. There are some rules that relate to the functions of GRNSW which are administered by GRNSW.
The Commission will review all Greyhound Racing Rules in consultation with GRNSW and Greyhounds Australasia.
The Commission is responsible for initiating, developing and implementing policies relating to the welfare of greyhounds. GRNSW regulatory policies applicable to greyhounds and participants that are now registered with the Commission may no longer apply or may apply with modification.
The Commission will progressively develop new regulatory policies in consultation with industry and other stakeholders.
The following codes and policies apply pending the outcome of the Commission’s review and consultation processes:
- NSW Greyhound Welfare Code of Practice
- Race Day Hydration and Hot Weather Policy
- Trial Track Policy
- Swabbing Policy
- Greyhound Re-homing Policy
- Animal Exemption Orders
The Commission can enforce these policies under its legislation and the Greyhound Racing Rules.
List of Mandatory and Permitted Gear for Greyhounds Racing in NSW
Gear, as defined by the Greyhound Racing Rules, means any strapping or equipment (including a muzzle) permitted to be applied to a greyhound in connection with the kennelling, presentation for or competing in an Event. As a controlling body, the Commission has compiled a list of items considered mandatory or permitted gear to be applied to a greyhound in connection with kennelling, presentation for racing or trialling.
Standards of Dress
To promote the image of greyhound racing in NSW the Greyhound Welfare & Integrity Commission has developed standards of dress that should be familiar to most participants. The Commission’s stewards may penalise participants at their discretion for failing to comply with the standards of dress.
Previous Codes and Policies
Copies of the previous Codes and Policies are available for viewing below. Please note that the following are no longer current and have been replaced by the codes and policies above.