In June 2015, Mr Paul Bittar was engaged to undertake a review of the integrity functions of Racing Victoria, Harness Racing Victoria and Greyhound Racing Victoria. The review was subsequently expanded to consider the current framework for the racing appeals and disciplinary system.
The purpose of the review was to consult with the industry and develop a set of recommendations to:
- enhance collaboration between the codes
- provide greater transparency of integrity services functions
- consider the separation of integrity functions from commercial operations.
Following extensive consultation with the industry, Mr Bittar has recommended the establishment of a new body, the Victorian Racing Integrity Unit (VRIU) to deliver integrity services for the three codes of racing.
Mr Bittar also recommended that the appeals and disciplinary system be restructured to remove the appeal to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) of decisions by Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Boards and to establish a single cross-code Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board (RADB).
The Victorian Government has accepted the 2 key recommendations in principle and will work in partnership with the key racing stakeholders to implement these recommendations over 2 years.
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