Who is responsible for conducting GRNSW inquiries?
The GRNSW Inquiry Panel is responsible for conducting inquiries under the GRNSW Greyhound Racing Rules.
What is the purpose of the inquiries process?
The GRNSW Inquiry Panel enquires into alleged breaches of the GRNSW Racing Rules and determines whether a breach has occurred. Where a breach is proven, the Inquiry Panel determine whether to impose a penalty and what penalty is appropriate in the circumstances.
The inquiries process assists GRNSW to safeguard the integrity of the industry and animal welfare by taking appropriate, timely action to ensure wrongdoing has consequences and participants are accountable for their actions.
How are inquiries conducted?
In accordance with the Rules, the Inquiry Panel sets their own procedures and are not bound by formal rules and practices as to evidence. The Inquiry Panel can inform themselves as to any matter in such a manner as they think fit.
Depending on the particular circumstances of a matter, the Inquiry Panel usually provides a number of options for participants to elect how to respond to a charge. These can include responding in writing or responding at an inquiry hearing.
Where are inquiry hearings held?
Inquiry Panel hearings are usually held at GRNSW Offices at Rhodes. In special circumstances, the Inquiry Panel may determine to hold the hearing at a different location.
What inquiries are currently being conducted?
The Inquiry Panel publishes a list of current open inquiries each month. Click here to view.
The presence of any person's name on this list should not be taken as an indication that the person has committed any offence under the GRNSW Greyhound Racing Rules.
Can I appeal the Inquiry Panel’s decision?
You may be able to appeal a decision of the Inquiry Panel to the Racing Appeals Tribunal. Further information will be provided to you with the Inquiry Panel’s decision.
Where can I find decisions of the Inquiry Panel and the Racing Appeals Tribunal?
GRNSW publishes decisions of the Inquiry Panel and the Racing Appeals Tribunal on our website. Click here to view.
PROHIBITED SUBSTANCE INQUIRIES
How are inquiries in relation to the detection of a prohibited substance conducted?
- When GRNSW is notified of the detection of a prohibited substance (“A” Sample), the Inquiry Panel opens an inquiry and issues a letter to the trainer to notify the trainer of the detection of the substance and inquiry. This letter is usually hand delivered to the trainer by GRNSW and an unannounced kennel inspection is conducted at the same time.
- When GRNSW is notified of the results of the confirmatory analysis (“B” Sample), the Inquiry Panel issues a letter to the trainer to notify the trainer of the results of the confirmatory analysis. If the presence of the prohibited substance is confirmed, the Inquiry Panel usually issues a charge or charges at the same time and encloses a copy of all evidence before the Panel.
How does the Inquiry Panel determine penalty?
In determining the appropriate penalty, the Inquiry Panel is guided by the GRNSW Penalty System.
The Penalty System:
- places prohibited substances into five categories of drugs;
- assigns a starting point for the calculation of penalty for each of the five categories;
- outlines the aggravating factors to be taken into account (such as previous offences); and
- outlines the mitigating factors to be taken into account (such as an early admission of the offence).