/ Participant registration

A person who wishes to participate in greyhound racing in NSW must be registered with the Greyhound Welfare & Integrity Commission.

Completed applications must be submitted with the following requirements:

Copy of current drivers licence or passportCopy of two other forms of identificationNational Police History Check which will be completed on the applicants behalf by GWIC
Colour passport sized photographCopy of other racing body registrationFee payment

Please note that there may be additional requirements dependent on the registration type.

National Police History Check

For the Commission to conduct the Police History Check, a copy of two (2) additional types of acceptable identification must be submitted with the application. Identification must be current and should include at least one type of photographic identification that contains a signature and date of birth. Acceptable types of identification are:

PassportBirth CertificateDrivers Licence
Citizenship certificateCertificate of Marriage or Change of NameMedicare/private health care card
Student identity card Union/Professional membership card and Senior Citizen/Government concession cardGovernment issued licenceGovernment issued identity card/proof of age card
Credit cardRates noticePhotographic employee identity card Utility account (eg electricity,gas, telephone)

Registration types

For more information on each registration type and how to apply, please select one of the following:

All participants are required to comply with the conditions of their registration.

Non-compliance can result in conditions or penalties being imposed on individuals or organisations. The Commission can decide to refuse, suspend or cancel registration if it is deemed in the best interests of the greyhound racing industry to do so. The Commission can refuse to register a greyhound trial track if it believes the track is not or will not be financially viable, or it is in the best interests of the greyhound racing industry to do so.

If you have any questions about registration requirements, please contact GWIC on 13 49 42.

Registration competency assessments - currently in trial phase

As part of the Greyhound Industry Review Panel's recommendations, GWIC was tasked with introducing competency requirements, to ensure that anyone applying for a new registration is equipped with the knowledge to perform that role. GWIC has developed competency assessments for Trainer, Breeder and Attendant roles. These assessments are now in a trial-phase. We encourage anyone applying for a Trainer, Breeder or Attendant registration to take part in the assessment component to help us test the assessment program. At this stage the assessment is not mandatory and we appreciate any feedback. If you need assistance at any stage throughout the assessment or application process, please call 13 49 42.

‘Fit and proper person’ requirements for registration

When an application for registration as an industry participant is received, the Commission must be satisfied that the applicant is, in its opinion, a fit and proper person to be registered as specified by section 47(1) of the Greyhound Racing Act 2017.

A ‘fit and proper person’ has no precise meaning. For greyhound racing, the phrase takes its meaning from the:

  • Context of the greyhound racing industry
  • Nature of the activities in which the applicant or industry participant is engaged or will be engaged (eg breeding, handling, owning, training)
  • Purpose that such activities will serve.

When assessing whether an applicant or an industry participant is a fit and proper person, the Commission will consider the person’s:

  • Honesty
  • Knowledge
  • Ability.

During the assessment, the Commission will obtain a National Police Certificate (NPC) from the NSW Police Force. An NPC will list a person’s disclosable criminal history (if any) including Court outcomes.

The NPC is considered with other information including:

  • Responses to the questionnaire in the registration application form
  • Current or previous involvement in the greyhound, thoroughbred and harness racing industries, including any non-compliance with requirements
  • Any online posts about the regulatory or controlling bodies for these industries.

In some circumstances, an interview will be held with an applicant for registration to clarify any concerns raised in the assessment. A summary of the interview, together with the application, the NPC and any other relevant information, will be provided to the Commission’s decision-maker.

Under section 49(3) of the Act, the Commission may refuse to register a person as a greyhound racing industry participant if of the opinion that it would be in the best interests of the greyhound racing industry to do so.

Returning from a suspension following disciplinary action

When a registered industry participant completes a suspension period, a fresh application for registration is not required as the registration held when the suspension was applied will be reinstated automatically.

Returning from a disqualification following disciplinary action

When a former registered industry participant has completed a disqualification period, the person is required to make a new application for registration if intending to re-enter the greyhound racing industry.

Where the disqualification period was less than 12 months, and there are no other adverse matters, an application can be lodged at the end of the disqualification period for most registration categories. If an owner trainer registration is applied for, a kennel inspection must have been conducted by the Commission in the previous 18 months and the kennels must have been assessed as compliant. If an inspection has not occurred within the previous 18 months, the Commission will conduct one after the application is received.

Where the disqualification period was 12 months or more, an application for registration must include at least four character references, preferably from industry participants. Each reference must include an acknowledgement of the applicant’s past conduct and a statement as to the applicant’s suitability to hold the registration applied for.

Following any disqualification, an application for registration as a public trainer will not be considered until the person has been registered in another category for at least 12 months.

Applying for registration while under an intensive correction order or on parole

Generally, registration as a greyhound racing industry participant will be declined in circumstances where an applicant is subject to an intensive correction order (ICO), unless exceptional circumstances exist and are demonstrated to the Commission’s satisfaction.

Registration will be declined if an applicant is on parole, in keeping with the principle established by the Racing Appeals Tribunal that a person while on parole is not considered to be fit and proper.