GA endorses National Welfare Strategy

Wednesday 14 May 2014

The Board of peak industry body Greyhounds Australasia (GA) has endorsed a new national approach to help ensure continued improvement in greyhound welfare outcomes.

The national approach has been adopted as a result of the joint Greyhound Welfare strategy announced by Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) and Greyhound Racing New South Wales (GRNSW) in February. The industry will now benefit from a more effective flow of information between states and territories and will work together to achieve Australia-wide welfare objectives.

GA CEO Scott Parker said the decision was a big win for the industry.

“GA and its members are absolutely committed to achieving the best possible welfare outcomes for its greyhounds. The industry is aiming to achieve the best greyhound welfare outcomes in the world and this national approach is a really important step in realising that ambition.

“The industry already has nationally endorsed health and welfare standards and the vast majority of our owners, breeders and trainers treat their greyhounds with great respect. However, with many greyhounds moving regularly from state to state, regulating national welfare outcomes has been difficult,“ Mr Parker said.

As outlined when the joint GRV/GRNSW strategy was announced in February, the new national approach will see:

  • Higher levels of education for trainers and breeders including a requirement for all new participants to be assessed on core competencies before obtaining or upgrading a licence 
  • Tighter breeding regulation controls and the promotion of more responsible breeding practices 
  • A requirement for all greyhounds to be under the care of a registered participant at all times during their lifecycle, unless retired as a pet 
  • Improved inspection and compliance requirements on greyhound properties 
  • A star rating system to be introduced for all greyhound facilities at which greyhounds are housed during their lifecycle 
  • A tiered trainer licence system which will stipulate how many greyhounds a trainer can train 
  • Ongoing enhancements to each of the state’s Greyhound Adoption Programs to maximise the re-homing opportunities for retired greyhounds 

New measures to maximise racing opportunities and ensure all greyhounds have the ability to reach their full potential Over the coming months, GA will oversee an industry-wide engagement process to ensure the implementation detail of the initiative is appropriate for each jurisdiction.

Details of the strategy can be found by clicking here 

Latest News

Wednesday 12 July 2017

The Latest edition of the stud book (Number 64) is now available.
Cost $80.00 plus $10.00 postage.
To order phone 03 9548 3500 or email us here at Greyhounds Australasia on admin@galtd.org.au

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.

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.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT US Click Here

Search Greyhounds Australasia