The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC or the Commission) is an independent statutory body which oversees the integrity and welfare standards of racing animals and participants in Queensland. The QRIC was established by the Racing Integrity Act 2016 and began operation on 1 July, 2016. The Commission reports to the Minister for Racing and is accountable to the Queensland Government under the Financial Accountability Act 2009.
The Commission works in partnership with the industry to monitor racing activities, uphold the Rules of Racing and safeguard the welfare of racing animals to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to compete on an even playing field. The Commission exists to contribute to the ongoing success of the racing industry in Queensland.
One of the QRIC’s key roles is to act as the primary enforcement agency of the Queensland racing industry by preventing and detecting crime and upholding the Rules of Racing.
The Commission strives to be firm but fair by setting out the standards expected of all participants and the penalties for breaches where they occur. An industry that is fair and just is one where everyone wins.
Racing industry reform
The Queensland Government announced a Commission of Inquiry into the regulation of the Queensland greyhound racing industry in April 2015 following the discovery of incidents of live baiting. The Commission was tasked with investigating the regulation of the Queensland greyhound industry and making recommendations to strengthen and improve the integrity and public confidence of the racing industry in Queensland.
Implementation status of the MacSporran recommendations.
Racing Integrity Act
The Racing Integrity Act 2016 was enacted in April 2016 to implement recommendations one to three of the Commission’s report and separate the welfare and commercial functions of the industry. The Bill introduced a stronger stance on regulation of the industry, independent oversight of integrity issues and education about animal welfare obligations.
QRIC Social Media Guidelines
QRIC encourages discussion and opinion sharing via our social media pages. In order to ensure QRIC’s social media pages remain friendly, informative and welcoming for all visitors, we moderate pages when needed, in accordance with QRIC’s Moderation guidelines for QRIC’s social media pages.