The Racing Integrity Commissioner is an independent statutory officer, appointed by the Governor in Council, under the Racing Act 1958 (Vic).
Mr Sal Perna was appointed as Victoria’s first Racing Integrity Commissioner on 1 March 2010 and has had his term extended until February 2019.
Mr Perna's career included 20 years with Victoria Police, reaching Commissioned Officer rank and serving twice in the Homicide Squad. His corporate experience includes 12 years as the head of Australia Post's Corporate Security Group and over three years as the Director Corporate Security at Telstra. In 2007 he founded and became the Managing Director of Calibre International Pty Ltd, a specialist security risk and management consultancy focused on corporate clients. In this role, Mr Perna was the architect of Tennis Australia's Anti-Corruption Program for the Australian Open and assisted the Australian Football League (AFL) in the development of their integrity assurance program.
Mr Perna’s professional affiliations and memberships include the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Australian Institute of Management and the Australian Institute of Professional Investigators.
Mr Perna is the Chairman of Crime Stoppers (Vic), a long-serving, former Member of the AFL Victoria Tribunal, ex- Chief Commissioner's representative and ex- Deputy Chairman of the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation, a former mentor of the Melbourne Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation's Youth in Philanthropy Program, and the Honorary Chairman and co-founder of SecMan (Forum of Australian Corporate Security Executives). He is also a life Governor of the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne.