Greyhound Racing Victoria Policies
The GRV rules require that greyhound racing participants comply with GRV policies.
These policies, relevant to participants, have been issued by the GRV Board:
- Code of Practice
- Penalty Guidelines – Greyhound Welfare (PDF)
- Track Injury Claim Policy (PDF) Effective June 2017
- Non-starter Claim Policy (PDF) Effective June 2017
- Hot Weather Policy (PDF) Effective 1st February 2017
- Transportation of Greyhounds Policy (PDF) Effective 12th December 2016
- Steward Policy (PDF)
- Swabbing Policy (PDF)
- Trialling Policy (PDF)
- Hidez Compression Suit and Thunder Jacket (PDF)
- Approved Lures (PDF)
- Making and Handling Protected Disclosures Procedure (PDF)
Public Consultation on the proposed changes to Transportation of Greyhounds Policy and the Hot Weather Policy
The Transportation of Greyhounds Policy and Hot Weather Policy have recently undergone their annual review. Information on proposed changes to these policies, as well as other issues which have been raised during the review, are as follows. Feedback on the proposed changes to these policies will need to be lodged with GRV by 5.00pm Thursday 18 October.
|27-Sep-18||Transportation of Greyhounds Policy
Expanded list of definitions defining air-conditioning, hot weather affected journeys and cold weather affected journeys.
Clarification of statements regarding the transportation of greyhounds on hot weather affected journeys.
New provisions for transport of greyhounds on cold weather affected journeys.
Alignment with the provisions of the Code of Practice for the Keeping of Racing Greyhounds where considered relevant.
Feedback from Preliminary Consultation
Hot Weather Policy
Expanded list of definitions to provide clarity.
The “Travel Time’ section has been simplified.
Removal of unnecessary clauses.
Changes to temperature ranges and management options. Previous versions of the Policy provided three temperature ranges. The updated policy has just two temperature ranges; 32 – 37.9oC (combined the 32 – 35oC and 35 – 38oC options); and 38oC or above. Increased flexibility for the upper-temperature range will avoid unnecessary meeting cancellations (for example a night meeting where it is forecast to reach 38oC or higher during the day, but the meeting can be re-scheduled to avoid the hottest part of the day).
Expectations for GRV, Clubs, and Participants: The review has updated and clarified the expectations for the care of greyhounds during hot weather affected days. The updated policy also allows Stewards to waive the mandatory stand-down period for any greyhound withdrawn on the day of an event if the event is declared hot weather affected after the close of scratchings.
|Feedback on the proposed changes to these policies will need to be lodged with GRV by 5.00pm Thursday 18 October by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download feedback documents
Penalty Guidelines – Prohibited Substances 2018 (DRAFT)
Greyhound Racing Victoria has reviewed its Penalty Guidelines for Prohibited Substances and is seeking public comment on the proposed changes. Feedback on the proposed changes to these guidelines will need to be lodged with GRV by 20 November 2018.
|Date||Description||Consultation Period||Feedback form|
|5-Oct-18||Draft Penalty Guidelines — Prohibited Substances
Greyhound Racing Victoria has reviewed its Penalty Guidelines for Prohibited Substances and is seeking public comment on the proposed changes.
Submissions should be sent to email@example.com by 20 November 2018.
The proposed amendments will update guidelines that were published in 2011. They indicate the range of penalties that may be applied for breaches of national and state rules that deal with prohibited and permanently banned substances.
GRV recognises that while most participants meet their obligations and strive to comply with the rules, appropriate penalties are necessary to encourage compliance and create an even-playing field for the benefit of participants, racing enthusiasts and the future of the sport.
A prohibited substance is defined by Greyhound Australasia in GAR 1 as any substance capable of having an effect on a greyhound’s body system. The basic underlying principle is that we should have “drug-free racing” to ensure that a greyhound’s performance or welfare is not influenced in any way by any sort of drug or other substance.
GRV has set out to develop penalties that apply a strict approach to serious non-compliance while allowing for discretion for incidents that are not as serious, including, for example, accidental contamination. Under the proposed guidelines, offences will continue to be treated on an individual basis and aggravating and mitigating factors, such as prior offences, remorse, cooperation and action taken, will be considered.
The penalty guidelines cover three categories of prohibited substance offences that range from the least serious offences to those which deal with permanently banned prohibited substances.
The draft guidelines and information are available here.
|9 October 2018 to 20 November 2018||Submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by
20 November 2018.
Download feedback document
Greyhound Racing Victoria Guidance
GRV publishes a range of documents that provide guidance obligations (particularly for the industry) in more detail.
To provide greater clarity, GRV will be:
- gradually increasing the different types of guidance available
- including a clear statement in each document (when it is next reviewed) about its purpose and legal status.
Guidance currently available includes:
Hot Weather Transport
- Local Rule 42.6 – From 1 October 2017, Local Rule 42.6 will be amended to improve re-homing of greyhounds and reduce unnecessary euthanasia.
- GRV updates Penalty Guidelines for Greyhound Welfare offences
Greyhound Racing Victoria has updated its Penalty Guidelines for greyhound welfare offences. GRV released the Penalty Guidelines – Greyhound Welfare 2018 in draft form for public comment last December. Eight submissions were received. Comments varied from largely in favour of the new penalty ranges, to those that considered they were too high. GRV’s Board, which considered the feedback and provided further opportunity for key stakeholders to discuss their concerns with GRV, which has now endorsed the document. The guidelines, which update an earlier document released in 2014, outline a range of penalties for greyhound welfare offences committed within the greyhound racing industry. They have been developed to assist GRV personnel when they are making decisions about taking enforcement action. Welfare offences will continue to be treated on an individual basis and aggravating and mitigating factors, such as prior offences, remorse, cooperation and action taken, will be considered. The guidelines cover five categories of offences that range from the least serious Category 1 offences to the most serious Category 5 offences. Penalties range from a $1500 fine to life disqualification and a $7000 fine for every greyhound affected.
- Feeding, Medication & Supplement Guidelines – providing guidance to ensure greyhounds are presented for racing drug-free.
National Greyhound Welfare Strategy
In May 2014, the industry’s first ever National Greyhound Welfare Strategy was launched. The strategy aims to ensure uniform high standards of care, participant education and accountability and controlling body enforcement are in place to achieve the best possible outcome for all our greyhounds. More information can be found here.