The Greyhounds Australasia Board met yesterday and decided to defer the commencement of the new GA rules until 1 May. 

Greyhounds Australasia released a statement on the deferral of the rules: 

The adoption of a new suite of national greyhound racing rules is a significant step forward for the industry and a step that GA and the controlling bodies must execute with absolute confidence.  Greyhound racing across Australasia is run across multiple IT systems.  While the individual systems are ready to adopt the new rules, the GA Directors have sought further assurance regarding the integration of those systems and the ability of those systems to seamlessly work together with the new rules.   We need to ensure the integrity of the industry is maintained and as such the GA Directors wish to advise that in order that further final testing on the technical integration can be undertaken, the adoption of the new national rules will be deferred until May 1, 2022.

Despite this deferral, the Greyhound Welfare & Integrity Commission have advised that the three new NSW local rules will commence from February 1, 2022.


The new Local Rules relate to:

  • Pin firing of greyhounds (effective 17 Dec 2021)
  • Breeding from female greyhounds that are aged 10 years or over, or that have already had three litters (effective 17 Dec 2021)
  • Lay betting
  • Participants from another state who are operating in NSW
  • Greyhounds that have been abandoned

Rules relating to registration of syndicates and partnerships will be removed and included in a new Greyhound Group Ownership Policy. GWIC is currently consulting with stakeholders on this Policy before it finalised for publication.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Membership & Advocacy Manager Kristy Harper on 0459 873 139.