On 8 June 2022, the Government released the Review of the Racing Regulation Act 2004: Securing the Integrity of the Tasmanian Racing Industry (the Monteith Review) by independent racing expert Mr Dale Monteith.
On 30 November 2022, the Government confirmed its support for the Monteith Review recommendations and released its detailed response to each of the recommendations:
Tasmanian Government Response to the Independent Review of the Racing Regulation Act (PDF 219Kb)
On 15 November 2023, the Racing Regulation and Integrity Bill 2023 and Racing Regulation and Integrity (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2023 were tabled in Parliament. The draft Bills were open to public feedback from 24 August to 6 October 2023. See the Public Submissions on the draft Racing Regulation and Integrity Bills.
The key provisions in the draft Bill include:
- Creation of a Tasmanian Racing Integrity Commissioner (TasRIC) with powers to set integrity and animal welfare standards;
- Tasracing to become operationally responsible for all three codes of racing, including pre-race day and race day management, stewards, and daily animal welfare;
- Providing an advisory role for the RSPCA in animal welfare matters and retaining the power for independent investigation of animal welfare matters;
- The TasRIC to provide an annual report to the Minister for Racing on the performance of their functions and the exercise of their powers.
Read the Monteith Review:
Review of the Racing Regulation Act 2004 Report - Securing the Integrity of the Tasmanian Racing Industry (PDF 3Mb)
Terms of reference and discussion paper for the review are available below:
Terms of Reference - Racing Regulation Act 2004 Review (PDF 176Kb)
Discussion Paper - Review of the Racing Regulation Act 2004 (PDF 351Kb)
See also the written submissions received in response to the discussion paper:
Submissions received - Review of the Racing Regulation Act 2004 (PDF 13Mb)