Office of Racing

We provide racing policy advice and manage legislation to support racing in NSW. We also manage the relationships between the NSW Government and organisations responsible for the three racing codes.

Greyhound racing at Wentworth Park, Sydney, Australia

Inquiry into Greyhound Racing NSW

The Minister for Gaming and Racing, the Hon David Harris MP, has written to the Greyhound Welfare & Integrity Commission (GWIC) to require it to conduct an inquiry under Part 8 of the Greyhound Racing Act 2017 into matters relating to various complaints concerning Greyhound Racing NSW.

GWIC Acting Commissioner, the Hon Lea Drake, will conduct the Inquiry and is due to report to the Minister and GWIC, in accordance with section 89 of the Act, by 13 December 2024.

Terms of Reference

Inquiry procedures and powers

The Acting Commissioner will determine the procedures to be followed at the Inquiry, subject to the Act and the regulations, and will have all the inquiry powers available to GWIC under Part 8 of the Act.

Outside of its Part 8 inquiry powers, GWIC also has extensive investigatory and enforcement powers under the Act for determining whether there has been compliance with, or a breach of, the greyhound racing regulatory framework, including in relation to any matters identified as a result of the Inquiry.

Our racing codes

We manage the relationships between the government and responsible bodies for the three racing codes. 


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Thoroughbred racing

Learn about thoroughbred racing governance and oversight in NSW.


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Harness racing

Learn about harness racing governance and oversight in NSW.


Greyhounds on racetrack

Greyhound racing

Learn about the greyhound racing governance and oversight in NSW.

Quick facts

Racing makes a significant contribution to the NSW economy.

The NSW Government commissioned a study into the size and scope of the racing industry in NSW in 2014.  The study found:

  • racing is a $3.3 billion industry in NSW
  • over 90,000 people directly participate in the racing industry as employees, participants or volunteers
  • approximately 1.8 million people attend race meetings annually
  • economic activity generated by the racing industry sustains more than 27,550 full time equivalent positions across NSW.


Key appointments

You can find out more about racing appointments and current expression of interest processes.


You can find out more about key documents related to the three racing codes here.

Our Minister

The Minister for Gaming and Racing, David Harris, is responsible for the legislation that governs the conduct of thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing in NSW.

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