The Racing Regulation and Integrity Bill 2023 and Racing Regulation and Integrity (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2023 which aim to strengthen governance, animal welfare matters and integrity across all three codes of racing in the State have been tabled in Parliament.
This new legislation incorporates recommendations from the Monteith Review, which reviewed the Racing Regulation Act 2004 and the racing integrity model in Tasmania. The Government also sought feedback from stakeholders and the community over a six-week period.
The new legislation will create a Tasmanian Racing Integrity Commissioner, which will have powers to set integrity and animal welfare standards. Staff who have experience in animal welfare policy and regulation will be appointed to support the Commissioner.
The Tasmanian Racing Integrity Commissioner will be accountable through an annual report to the Minister for Racing on the performance of their functions and exercise of their powers.
Tasracing will become operationally responsible for all three codes of racing, including pre-race day and race day management, Stewards and daily animal welfare.
The draft legislation has been tabled in Parliament. If passed by Parliament it will enacted by the 2024-25 Racing Season.
For more information visit the Public Submissions on draft Racing Regulation and Integrity Bills.