In carrying out their functions, the Commissioner and his staff engage with a number of stakeholders. These include but are not limited to the following industries, agencies and government partners.
Victorian racing industry controlling bodies
The Victorian racing industry controlling bodies are responsible for the development, promotion and management of the conduct of their respective racing codes in Victoria.
Victorian Racing Integrity Board (VRIB)
Effective from 1 August 2019, the Victorian Racing Integrity Board is an independent cross-code integrity board that will oversee the delivery of integrity functions by Racing Victoria, Greyhound Racing Victoria, and Harness Racing Victoria (the three racing controlling bodies).
The Board was established to enhance the Victorian Racing Industry's integrity framework and ensure racing integrity in Victoria is subject to an independent and transparent system of checks and balances.
Victorian racing appeal and disciplinary bodies
VCAT provides independent review of administrative decisions made by the Victorian government and selected non-government bodies, including appeals against the findings of the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Boards.
Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Boards
The RAD Boards are independent Boards established in each code to hear and determine appeals from decisions of the stewards and to also hear and determine alleged breaches of specified serious offences under the Rules of Racing.
Please note that VCAT and the RAD Boards attend to matters prior to 1 August 2019.
Victorian Racing Tribunal (VRT)
The Victorian Racing Tribunal has jurisdiction for all matters involving serious offences under the rules of racing of the respective racing codes. It also has jurisdiction to hear appeals from decisions of stewards in relation to other offences.
Victorian racing industry associations
The ATA (Victorian Branch) is recognised as the principal representative body for horse trainers in Victoria.
GOTBA represents the interests of Greyhound owners, trainers and breeders in Victoria.
TBV is the peak industry and representative body for all Thoroughbred breeders in Victoria and represents the Victorian Thoroughbred breeding industry at National Breeders Meetings and at all meetings and committees with governmental, racing, veterinary and associated bodies throughout Victoria and Australia.
TROA is the peak representative body for Thoroughbred racehorse owners in Victoria.
VBA is the peak representative body for bookmakers in Victoria. All Victorian Bookmakers are members of the VBA.
VJA provides retirement and welfare support services to jockeys in Victoria.
VTDA represents the interest of Standardbred trainers and harness racing drivers in Victoria.
Works with country clubs on the importance of their governance roles and promotes better clubs through strategic plans and sustainable business models.
Australian racing industry associations
ABA is the peak representative body for bookmakers in Australia.
AJA promotes the interests of jockeys across all Australian racing jurisdictions.
Racing Australia seeks to develop encourage and promote Thoroughbred racing throughout Australia. Its members are the racing controlling bodies that supervise and control Thoroughbred racing in each State and Territory.
AJRA promotes jumps racing in Australia and represents participants.
ATA is recognised as the principal representative body for horse trainers in Australia.
GA supports Greyhound controlling bodies in Australian states and territories and New Zealand.
The objectives of HRA are to promote the harness racing industry and to assist the controlling bodies to carry out their powers and obligations under their respective constitutions and Incorporating Statutes.
TBA is recognised as the peak industry body representing the Australian Thoroughbred breeding industry.
Victorian Racing Industry Laboratory and Information Services
RASL is the provider of laboratory testing services to the Victorian Racing Industry.
The ASU Victorian Authorities and Services Branch covers clerical and administrative, semi professional, technical, managerial, supervisory and professional workers working in a diverse range of industries, including the Victorian Racing Industry.
The ASU Victorian Private Sector Branch represents workers in many different industries including gaming and wagering.
United Voice represents workers in different industries, sectors and occupations including property services, hospitality, children’s services, health and aged care, manufacturing, mining and miscellaneous.
The AWU represents strappers, stewards, barrier attendants and jockeys employed within the Victorian Racing Industry.
The Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance represents casual staff from the media, entertainment, sports and arts industries employed within the Victorian Racing Industry.
Victorian government stakeholders and partner agencies
The Office of Racing provides strategic policy advice and support to the Ministers for Racing and the Secretary, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions on racing related issues.
The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation is the independent statutory authority that administers Victoria’s liquor and gambling laws.
Victoria Police is the primary law enforcement agency in Victoria.