Investigation into Darwin Greyhound Association


The Northern Territory (NT) Racing Commission and the NT Consumer Affairs Commissioner have launched an investigation into the Darwin Greyhound Association to examine a series of complaints from current and former members and trainers about the operations of the association and greyhound racing.

Chairperson of the NT Racing Commission Alastair Shields said there has been a series of complaints about the operation of the Darwin Greyhound Association. In the Northern Territory Greyhound Racing is governed by the Racing and Betting Act 1983 and NT Consumer Affairs administers the Associations Act 2003.

The Racing Commission acting with the NT Commissioner for Consumer Affairs agreed it was appropriate to undertake an investigation under both the Racing and Betting Act 1983 and the Associations Act 2003.

This is about investigating the complaints and ensuring the association and the operations of greyhound racing meet industry and legislative requirements. The Darwin Greyhound Association is supportive of this investigation and will work with the investigators in a spirit of cooperation.

Mr Shields said the aim of the investigation was to identify and make recommendations on systemic issues, which will improve the operation of the greyhound industry in the NT and ensure the Darwin Greyhound Association is meeting its obligations under the Associations Act.

Darwin law firm Hutton McCarthy will undertake the investigation and is well placed to oversee this process having prior experience with Greyhound Racing Victoria and animal welfare matters.

The investigation’s terms of reference are available on the Racing Commission web page.

Darwin Greyhound Association members and industry participants can email information to

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