Independent Racing Investigation

​​The Government announced an independent review into matters of alleged team driving and/or race fixing, and animal welfare concerns in the Tasmanian harness racing industry and the management of those issues by the Office of Racing Integrity in March 2023. 

The Government appointed independent expert Ray Murrihy to undertake the review. Mr Murrihy provides independent expert integrity advice services to governments, sporting codes and law enforcement bodies. 

He is also a previous Chairman of the National Chairman of Stewards Group, an advisory sub-committee to Racing Australia on integrity and safety matters and was the Manager of Integrity for Racing NSW.​

Additional information about the review is available in the independent racing investigation frequently asked questions​.

Terms of reference​​

 Racing Investigation Terms of Reference (PDF 110Kb)

Final report​​

A final report into allegations of team driving and race fixing and animal welfare concerns in the Tasmanian harness racing industry and the management of those issues by the Office of Racing Integrity was delivered on 29 November 2023. 

The final report has now been considered by the Tasmanian Government. 

 Final Report - Murrihy Independent Investigation and Review (PDF 717Kb)

 Summary of Recommendations and Tasmanian Government Response (PDF 275Kb)

​Before the final report was released the Government also received an interim report on 31 August 2023:

Interim Murrihy Review 31 August 2023 (PDF 499Kb)

Independent Panel​​

As part of his review Mr Murrihy recommended a panel of independently appointed stewards is formed to consider formal charges under the Rules of Racing.

The panel will consider all the material that Mr Murrihy has obtained and may conduct open hearings to allow for the cross-examination of witnesses.

 Terms of Reference - Stewards Investigation (PDF 101Kb)

​​Reporting​​​​

​There are a number of avenues to report racing or animal welfare concerns:

Implementation Committee reports