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Racing Integrity Act 2016 – 1 July 2016

Racing Integrity Regulation 2016 – 1 July 2016

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The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission is established. The commission represents the State. The commission has the following functions: (a) to license animals and participants that are suitable to be licensed for a code of racing; (b) to assess under this Act the suitability of an applicant to be an approved control body (among other functions – see section 10 of the Act for a full listing of functions). Pursuant to section 27 of the Act, the commission must assess an approval application referred under the Racing Act, section 48(1)(b), to the commission.

  • Sections 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 27, 28, 29, 54

The commission may make a standard for a code of racing if: (a) the standard is required under this Act or a Ministerial direction; or (b) the commission reasonably believes it is good management to have the standard. Note: A standard is a statutory instrument. The commission must make a standard for a licensing scheme for each code of racing.

  • Sections 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68

A person must not carry on bookmaking for a code of racing at any time at a licensed venue unless: (a) the person is a racing bookmaker for the code of racing; and (b) the control body for the code of racing is managing the venue at the time; and (c) the commission is exercising control at the venue at the time. For the requirements for betting by racing bookmakers, refer to section 76 of the Act. A racing bookmaker, or an agent or employee of a racing bookmaker, must not bet with a minor. For the definitions of ‘bet’ and ‘bookmaking’, refer to Schedule 1 of the Act.

  • Sections 5, 70, 71, 72, 73, 75, 76, 77, 135, 138, 139, 140, 215, 221, 222, 223, Schedule 1; Regulation 5

An application for a racing bookmaker’s licence may be made only by an adult or a corporation. An application for a racing bookmaker’s licence must be made to the commission in the approved form – for application requirements, see section 79 of the Act. For the suitability requirements for a racing bookmaker’s license, refer to section 81 of the Act.

  • Sections 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 91, 92, 93, 94, 116, 136, 137, 142

If an authorised officer reasonably believes: (a) a person has committed, is committing, or is about to commit, an animal welfare offence; or (b) an animal: (i) is not being cared for properly; or (ii) is experiencing undue pain; or (iii) requires veterinary treatment; or (iv) should not be used for work; THEN the authorised officer may give a written direction (‘an animal welfare direction’) requiring stated action about the animal or its environment.

  • Sections 192, 193, 194

A person must not possess a prohibited thing at any of the following places unless the person has a reasonable excuse: (a) a licensed venue; (b) a place where a trial is held or to be held; (c) a place used for the purpose of training a licensed animal; (d) a kennel, stable or other place used for sheltering a licensed animal; (e) in or about a vehicle being, or about to be, used to transport a licensed animal; (f) another place where a licensed animal is located. Section 216 provides the definition of ‘prohibited thing’ to mean as follows: (a) a drug; (b) a noxious or toxic thing that could be used to affect the behaviour, performance or physical condition of an animal or person; (c) a thing that does, or is designed to do, any of the following and may be used on a licensed animal in a detrimental way: (i) supply electrical energy or another form of energy; (ii) conduct, discharge or store an electrical charge, current, voltage or another form of energy; (iii) apply, deposit, propel or spray a substance; (d) a hypodermic syringe or needle or other medical or veterinary instrument.

  • Sections 216, 217, 218

A person must not bet at a public place unless the betting is lawfully conducted under this Act or another Act.

  • Section 226

A betting contract is void unless it complies with this Act, or other legislation. Refer to sections 139, 255 and 256 of the Act for full details. Where void, an action may not be brought in a court to recover money or other property alleged to be won or lost on a bet.

  • Sections 139, 255, 256
Reason for law

To maintain public confidence in the racing of animals in Queensland for which betting is lawful; and (b) to ensure the integrity of all persons involved with racing or betting under this Act or the Racing Act; and (c) to safeguard the welfare of all animals involved in racing under this Act or the Racing Act. (Section 3)

Relevant links

Queensland Racing Integrity Commission

Racing [Business and Industry Portal]

Media statement

Queensland enacts strongest racing integrity regime in Australia





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