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Racing Act 2002 – 1 July 2016

Racing Regulation 2013 – 1 July 2016

Racing (Transitional) Regulation 2016 – 1 July 2016

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The Racing Queensland Board is the control body for the following codes of racing: (a) thoroughbred racing; (b) harness racing; and (c) greyhound racing. For the full functions of the Board, refer to section 10 of the Act. Note: It is interesting to note however that an eligible corporation may apply to the government for approval as the control body for a proposed code of racing pursuant to section 45 of the Act. For the powers of a control body, refer to section 82 of the Act. A control body may do any of the following for any of its codes of racing: (a) license clubs and venues that are suitable to be licensed for the code; and (b) conduct audits of licence holders to decide if the licence holders continue to be suitable to be licensed, on the control body’s own initiative or at the request of the Minister (among other actions). A control body for a code of racing must prepare a racing calendar for that code pursuant to section 84 of the Act. A control body may make a policy for a code of racing because the policy is required under this Act or a Ministerial direction; or the control body believes it is good management to have the policy. In addition, a control body must have rules of racing for the good management of each of its codes of racing. Note: The policies and rules of racing made by a control body for its code of racing are statutory instruments within the meaning of the Statutory Instruments Act 1992. For the definition of ‘eligible corporation’, refer to Schedule 1 of the Act,

  • Sections 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 31, 33, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 53, 54, 55, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 65, 66, 68, 69, 71, 72, 81, 82, 83, 84, 87, 88, 89, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 126, Schedule 1; Regulations 2B, 13

A control body’s policy for its licensing scheme must require a person who wishes to obtain a licence for a club or venue to apply for the licence in a control body form. An application must include all of the following: (a) the type of licence applied for; (b) the type of work or activity to be performed by the proposed licensee; (c) particulars of the proposed licensee; (d) if the proposed licensee is an individual, appropriate training courses completed, or appropriate experience obtained, by the proposed licensee. Note: A control body’s policy for a licensing scheme must not allow a person licensed by the control body to transfer the licence to another person. For the definitions of ‘club’, ‘licence’, ‘venue’, refer to Schedule 1 of the Act. For financial restrictions (asset sale restrictions, and dealing restrictions) imposed on non-proprietary entities, refer to sections 128, 129 and 130 of the Act. For the definition of ‘non-proprietary entity’, refer to section 127 and Schedule 1 of the Act.

  • Sections 5, 108, 109, 115, 123, 125, 127, 128, 129, 130, Schedule 1; Regulation 12A, Schedule 1A

A licensed club must not hold a contest, contingency or event in which 2 or more animals compete against each other for the purpose of providing a contest, contingency or event on which bets may be made unless: (a) the contest, contingency or event is held at a licensed venue of the licensed club; and (b) the control body that licensed the club and venue is managing the venue at the time; and (c) the commission is exercising control at the venue at the time. For the definition of ‘commission’, refer to Schedule 1 of the Act.

  • Sections 5, 124, Schedule 1

A licensed club must not hold a meeting at which betting is carried on and at which a race is not held unless: (a) the meeting is held at a licensed venue of the licensed club; and (b) the control body that licensed the club and venue is managing the venue at the time; and (c) the commission is exercising control at the venue at the time. For the definition of ‘race’, refer to Schedule 1 of the Act.

  • Sections 5, 124, Schedule 1

Despite this Act or another Act, or a law, custom or practice, a non-proprietary entity (defined in section 127 of the Act) must not dispose of an interest in real property that is used for the following purposes without the approval of the Minister obtained before the disposal: (a) a licensed venue; (b) a place for exercising, conditioning or training licensed animals. The Minister may approve the disposal of an asset that is an interest in real property used for a purpose mentioned only if the following happened before the entity sought the Minister’s approval: (a) the majority of the entity’s members present at a meeting of it approved of the disposal; (b) the relevant control body’s approval was obtained.

  • Sections 127, 129

A licensed wagering operator wishing to use Queensland race information for the conduct of the operator’s wagering business for a code of racing may apply to the control body for the code of racing for a race information authority. For the standard conditions of a race information authority, see section 136 of the Act. For the definitions of ‘licensed wagering operator’ and ‘Queensland race information’, refer to section 131 of the Act.

  • Sections 131, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137; Regulations 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Reason for law

To provide for control bodies to manage, operate, develop and promote codes of racing in a way that ensures public confidence in the racing industry in Queensland. (Section 4)

Relevant links

Racing Queensland [Queensland Government]

Office of Racing [Department of National Parks, Sports and Racing]

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