New board to uphold the integrity of racing

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SAFEGUARDS around Victoria’s racing industry will be further strengthened following the establishment of the Victorian Racing Integrity Board.

Last week the Minister for Racing Martin Pakula announced appointments to the board, which came into operation on Thursday, August 1.

The Victorian Racing Integrity Board will have a broad range of functions across the three codes – thoroughbred, harness and greyhound – including endorsing annual integrity plans, providing recommendations on integrity budgets, policies and licensing, and considering proposed amendments to the rules of racing.

Board members include some of the most qualified legal and racing figures in Australia, led by Chairperson Jack Forrest, who previously held the position of principal judge of the common-law division of the Supreme Court.

The Chairperson will be supported by three Deputy Chairpersons – barrister and former Family Court judge Peter Young QC, former Racing Victoria head of integrity Dayle Brown and Magistrate Jacqueline Billings.