Racing Integrity Enhanced by VCAT Appointments and New Appeals Board

Appointments to Victoria’s peak tribunal and the establishment of new appeals boards for harness and greyhound racing have boosted the racing industry’s integrity, Acting Premier and Minister for Racing Rob Hulls said today.

A current County Court Judge and two former judges have been appointed to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) to hear racing appeals in line with the Racing Legislation Amendment (Racing Integrity Assurance) Act 2009.

“This marks a new era for Victoria’s racing industry and means we have now addressed all 63 recommendations in Judge Gordon Lewis’s 2008 report into integrity assurance,” Mr Hulls said.

Mr Hulls said the legislation created new Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) boards for Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) and Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV), abolished the Racing Appeals Tribunal and transferred responsibility for hearing racing appeals to VCAT.