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Friday, December 19, 2014
The racing industry in New South Wales involves three codes of racing - thoroughbreds, harness and greyhounds.
Our office is responsible for government policy on racing, wagering and associated legislation, and supporting the growth and economic viability of NSW racing.
Our other activities include approving, inspecting and evaluating totalizator systems and overseeing bookmaker operations. Through our inspection program we closely monitor bookmaker and totalizator betting to ensure the integrity of wagering and adherence to responsible practises. This program aims to protect the interests of the betting public as well as the racing industry and the government's revenue.
The racing pages are particularly relevant to the racing industry and provide important information about all three racing codes in NSW, including links to the website of each code's controlling body.
These pages also feature detailed information on other relevant issues such as sports betting and recent industry reviews and changes.
Scoping Study of the NSW Racing Industry
In mid 2014, the NSW Government commissioned a study into the size and scope of the racing industry in New South Wales, to be conducted by IER Pty Ltd. IER has completed the study and a copy of the document can be accessed here.
Government response to greyhound racing inquiry
The NSW Government response to the first report of the Legislative Council's Select Committee inquiry on Greyhound Racing in NSW has been released.
Read the response here.
Reviews of NSW thoroughbred racing legislation
The NSW Government is conducting reviews of the State's key thoroughbred racing legislation - the Thoroughbred Racing Act 1996 and Australian Jockey and Sydney Turf Clubs Merger Act 2010. The reviews are a statutory requirement under both Acts (under sections 53 and 49 respectively) with public submissions open from 18 November 2013.
The reviews were conducted concurrently and examined whether the policy objectives of the Acts remain valid and whether the terms of the Acts remain appropriate for securing those objectives.
Explanatory papers providing background to the two Acts are attached via link below.
- A Brief History of the Administration of Thoroughbred Racing in New South Wales
- Australian Jockey and Sydney Turf Clubs Merger Act 2010
Copies of both Acts are available at www.legislation.nsw.gov.au
The following are submissions received by the Review. The Review has exercised its discretion in treating two submissions and part of another as confidential.
1. Racing NSW Country
2. Peter Mair
3. NSW Trainers Association
4. Racing Industry Consultation Group
5. NSW Racehorse Owners Association
6. Thoroughbred Breeders NSW
7. NSW Bookmakers Co-operative
7a. NSW Bookmakers Co-operative
8. Racing NSW (Thoroughbred Racing Act 1996)
9. Racing NSW (Australian Jockey and Sydney Turf Clubs Merger Act 2010)
12. The Greens NSW
13. Australian Turf Club (part confidential)
A report on the review of the Thoroughbred Racing Act 1996 and Australian Jockey and Sydney Turf Clubs Merger Act 2010 was tabled in Parliament on 6 August 2014, and is available here.
The report's recommendations are currently being considered.
Wagering (on racing and sport) in New South Wales is conducted by TAB Limited and licensed bookmakers.
Bookmaker licensing in New South Wales is the responsibility of the relevant controlling bodies of racing. However, authorities for sports betting, telephone and electronic betting are issued to licensed bookmakers by the Minister under the Racing Administration Act 1998.