Can GRV authorised officers conduct an inspection of my premises without my permission?
Yes. GRV authorised officers have powers under the Racing Act 1958 to enter and inspect your premises with or without your permission or your presence. The only time you may refuse entry is if the authorised officer does not show you their GRV identity card when you request to see it.
Can GRV authorised officers inspect any greyhounds at my premises without my permission?
Yes. The Racing Act allows GRV authorised officers to inspect any greyhounds at your premises for the purposes of determining compliance with the Racing Act or any Rules. The GRV authorised officers can enter your premises and inspect any greyhound at those premises with or without your permission and whether or not you are there.
Can GRV authorised officers enter my residence?
GRV authorised officers can only enter and inspect your residence if you give them written consent, and after they have provided you with a copy of this written consent.
What is the difference between my residence and my premises?
Your residence is the physical dwelling, the building you actually use as self-contained accommodation, where you prepare food, bathe, sleep and do other activities of daily living. The fact that you occasionally sleep in a place (such as an area of the kennels where you stay if you have an injured dog) or cook there (for example a cookout area with a fire or BBQ) does not make that area part of your residence.
Premises includes everything that is not your residence – buildings, sheds, outbuildings, vehicles, boats, kennels and other areas on your property. Marking parts of your premises with signage such as ‘Private’ or ‘Residence’ does not make them your residence.
Can GRV authorised officers take photographs of my premises or a greyhound on my premises?
Yes, GRV authorised officers can take photographs of any building, structure, area, document and greyhound on your premises, but not of the inside of your residence. Photos represent the true conditions of the premises and greyhounds during the inspection.
Can GRV authorised officers look at or take copies of documents found on my premises?
Yes. GRV authorised officers can look at any documents found at your premises, they may also take copies or extracts of those documents. GRV authorised officers do not need your consent to do this.
Do GRV authorised officers need to notify me of a proposed inspection?
No, GRV authorised officer is not required to notify you of a proposed premises inspection. However, they will give you a courtesy call when they arrive at your premises to perform an unscheduled inspection if you are not there.
When can GRV authorised officers conduct an inspection of kennels?
Regardless of whether you are at your premises or not, GRV authorised officers can enter and inspect your premises from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset. They may also enter at any time when they believe there is a breach of the Racing Act 1958 or the racing rules.
Upon completion of an inspection of a property where I’m not home, is there a requirement to leave me a notice informing me that an inspection has taken place?
While there is no legal requirement to inform you of an inspection that took place while you are not home, GRV authorised officers will give you a courtesy call when they arrive at your premises, and may write to you afterwards to document the inspection.