Racing Regulation and Integrity Bill 2023

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Background

The Racing Regulation Act 2004 has not been substantially reviewed since its inception. That is why the Government announced a review of the Act and the broader racing integrity model in Tasmania, led by independent expert Mr Dale Monteith, with the view to strengthening and enhancing integrity functions, as well as animal welfare.

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).​

The Government carefully considered each of the recommendations and confirmed support, or in principle support, for all the recommendations contained within the Monteith Review.

The draft Racing Regulation and Integrity Bill 2023 and Racing Regulation and Integrity (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2023 were developed in response to the Monteith Review and Government response and were made available during public consultation from 24 August 2023.

An Explanatory Paper has been developed to describe the provisions in the draft Racing Regulation and Integrity Bill in simple language. 

For more information on the Monteith Review and the Government’s response to the review, please see​ G​overnment Response to the Review of the Racing Regulation Act 2004. ​​​

​Download the Explanatory Paper and draft Bills prepared for public consultation​​

D​ownlo​​ad the supporting fact sheets​

 Racing Regulation and Integrity Bill - Overview (PDF 74Kb)

 Racing Regulation and Integrity Bill - Current and Future State (PDF 97Kb)

 Racing Regulation and Integrity Bill - Complaints Process (PDF 92Kb)

 Racing Regulation and Integrity Bill - Animal Welfare (PDF 138Kb)

​Public sub​​missions on draft Bills​

The draft Racing Regulation and Integrity Bill 2023 and Racing Regulation and Integrity (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2023 were open to public feedback from 24 August to 6 October 2023.  

NRE Tas consulted with Tasmanian Government agencies, Tasracing, the Tasmanian Racing Appeals Board, RSPCA Tasmania, the Victorian Racing Integrity Commissioner, and representatives from the three codes of racing in Tasmania and Victoria. More than 400 submissions were received during the consultation period. 

Following a public consultation period, changes have been made to the final draft Bill to introduce clarity and consistency between Acts and provisions and remove ambiguous language.  

The new draft legislation includes:  

  • ​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 and retaining the power for independent investigation of animal welfare matters; and

  • The TasRIC to provide an annual report to the Minister for Racing on the performance of their functions and exercise of their powers.  

​The draft legislation has been tabled in Parliament. If passed by Parliament it will be enacted by the 2024-25 Racing Season.

​​​​​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.

Backg​​​round ​​​infor​m​​ation​​​​

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)​​