Special Commission of Inquiry into the Greyhound Racing Industry in New South Wales

Special Commission of Inquiry into the Greyhound ​Racing Industry in NS​​W

The Honourable Michael McHugh AC QC was ap​​​pointed by Letters Patent issued in the name of the Governor of New Sou​​th W​​ales on 6 May 2015 to inq​​​uire into t​​he Greyhound Racing Industry in NSW. 

Commissioner McHu​gh AC QC provided his report on the Special Commission of Inquiry into the Greyhound Racing Industry in NSW to the Governor on 16 June 2016.

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    Transitioning the NSW greyhound racing industry to closure​​

    The NSW Government has decided to shut down the greyhound racing in NSW following the report of the Special Commission of Inquiry into the Greyhound Racing Industry.

    The Special Commission of Inquiry found overwhelming evidence of systemic animal cruelty, including mass greyhound killings and live baiting. The inquiry's report concluded that the NSW Greyhound Racing Industry has fundamental animal welfare issues, integrity and governance failings that can not be remedied. 

    The NSW greyhound racing industry will be transitioned to closure over 12 months to allow appropriate management of animal welfare and transitions for industry participants. ​Racing of greyhounds will be permitted until 1 July 2017.

    The NSW Government will announce a detailed industry shutdown plan during the second half of 2016 following consultation with stakeholders in industry and animal welfare organisations. The plan will include:

    • A welfare plan for existing greyhounds;
    • A support package for industry participants; and
    • A transition arrangement for existing Greyhound Racing NSW assets that will ensure they are used for open public space, alternative sporting facilities or other community use.

    Media relea​se from the Premier and Deputy Premier, 7 July 2016​

    Fact sheet about the Special Commission of Inquiry into the Greyhound Racing Industry in NSW [PDF, 155kb]

    Questions and answers about transitioning to closure of the NSW greyhound racing industry [PDF, 185kb]

    ​For more information about support services for industry participants or for information on adopting a dog call 1800 812 115 or visit the Office of Racing website.

    ​​Report of the Special Commission of Inquiry into the Greyhound Racing Industry in NSW

    The Special Commission of Inquiry report has been published in accordance with the recommendations of the Special Commissioner, the Hon. Michael McHugh AC QC. The Special Commissioner recommended that parts of the report not be published. Those parts have been redacted in accordance with the Special Commissioner's recommendations​.