Australasian Greyhound Industry Remains Buoyant

<h2>Tuesday 26 June 2012</h2>

Greyhounds Australasia (GA) was represented at the May 2012 Australasian Racing Ministers Conference held in Tasmania where the Conference received a briefing from GA Chairman Russell Ware confirming the healthy state of the Australasian greyhound industry.

Mr Ware advised the Conference that,

“Australasian Greyhound Racing continues to flourish in the ever competitive sport, leisure and entertainment industry.

It is true to say that, racing greyhounds are the fastest animal on four legs to wager on, with a greyhound travelling at speeds of up to 75km per hour.

More importantly though, a greyhound meeting has between 10 to 12 races on a program, lasts less than 3 hours, with each race taking no longer than 30 seconds to run.

Wagering on a greyhound race is simple, with the numbers 1 to 8 aligning to their starting boxes and racing rugs.

The entertainment experience is quick and meets the needs of modern society where everything is time critical.”

In terms of measurable facts that support the buoyant state of Australasian greyhound racing, the following statistics with regard to the greyhound racing industry for Financial Year 2011 should be noted:

  • 81 greyhound tracks.
  • 330,000 starters in over 43,000 races.
  • $2.8 billion was wagered on TAB/ pari-mutuel betting, compared with $1.7 billion in 2002. Up by 165% in the last decade.
  • Stake money of around $83 million was distributed to licensees, in contrast to 2002 where $47 million was released. A staggering increase of 177%.
  • There were around 30,000 registered greyhound participants, which has remained consistent for the past 10 years.
  • The sport is strongly linked to the social aspect of society, with about 90-95% of trainers being classified as hobbyists.

Latest News

Monday 28 November 2016

The Board of Greyhounds Australasia (GA) has approved an amendment to the national rule GAR132(5) effective 1 December 2016.
See Attached

Wednesday 12 October 2016

Greyhounds Australasia (GA) Chief executive Scott Parker today welcomed the NSW government’s decision to overturn its ban on greyhound racing.

“The national greyhound racing industry is extremely pleased that the NSW government has listened to participants and the community and taken the decision to allow greyhound racing to continue.

Wednesday 31 August 2016

The latest edition stud book (#63) is now available.
Cost $80.00 plus $10.00 postage.
To order phone 03 9548 3500 or email us here on

Thursday 8 July 2016

Greyhounds Australasia CEO Scott Parker today expressed shock that the NSW government had decided to shut down greyhound racing in that state.

“I’m shocked this has happened and disappointed for the many thousands of people in the NSW industry that have only ever done the right thing.

Wednesday 22 June 2016

The Board of Greyhounds Australasia (GA) has approved new and amended national rules (GARs) effective 1 July 2016. See attached.

The objective of these new and amended rules is to further strengthen industry integrity and the welfare of all greyhounds whether racing, being prepared to race or retired.


Search Greyhounds Australasia