Victorian Racing Integrity Board established

Published: 31 July 2019

People walking greyhounds ahead of a race

Safeguards around Victoria’s racing industry will be further strengthened following the recent establishment of the Victorian Racing Integrity Board.

The board will have a broad range of functions across three codes – thoroughbred, harness and greyhound – including endorsing annual integrity plans, providing recommendations on integrity budgets, policies and licensing, and considering proposed amendments to the rules of racing.

Board members include some of the most qualified legal and racing figures in Australia, led by Chairperson Jack Forrest, who previously held the position of principal judge of the common-law division of the Supreme Court.

He will be supported by three Deputy Chairs: barrister and former Family Court judge Peter Young QC, former Racing Victoria head of integrity Dayle Brown and magistrate Jacqueline Billings.

There are five other members of the board: Bryan Gurry, Hayden Opie, Kate Savage, Amelia Lynch and John Barrett. All have extensive experience in sport, integrity or racing and have excellent reputations in their respective industries.

Board members positions take effect from 1 August 2019. The Victorian racing industry contributes $4.3 billion to the economy each year and sustains more than 33,000 equivalent full-time jobs across the state.

The Office of Racing is dedicated to ensuring Victoria remains the pre-eminent and most respected racing state in Australia.