Greyhounds Australasia appoints KPMG to support a sustainable national greyhound racing industry

Monday 7 December 2015

Greyhounds Australasia (GA) is pleased to announce the appointment of KPMG to study the movement of greyhounds throughout their lifecycle and develop a scenario based model to help industry leaders make decisions that will ensure Australian greyhound racing has a long and successful future.

With animal welfare at the centre of all current industry reform deliberations, GA Chief Executive Scott Parker said an evidence based approach to change will help industry leaders more confidently allocate resources to matters of greatest need and develop rule and policy settings that will help ensure our all of our state based industries are sustainable.

“GA and its member controlling authorities are absolutely committed to ensuring this industry has a long and successful future.  Our work with KMPG will be a significant driver of successful change and a future industry that the community can trust again. 

“This work will directly support the key objective of industry reform which is to overcome the challenge of excessive greyhound breeding and stopping the unnecessary euthanasia of greyhounds.  In particular, the modelling will help identify the number of greyhounds required to be bred that meet both our moral obligations to the community and the commercial obligations of each jurisdiction while respecting the rights of industry participants,” Mr Parker said.

The work will identify and model the movement of greyhounds across jurisdictions, the impact of national breeding trends in all racing codes, the broadcast of racing activity currently conducted as non-TAB racing, national wagering trends, participant financial viability and succession, the requirement and strategies for increasing average greyhound career starts, the opportunity for qualitative changes in relation to greyhound rearing and latent national demand for greyhound adoption.

The work will model relevant scenarios on owners, trainers, breeders and commercial partners, compare outcomes and document the financial impacts on each jurisdiction.

The work will be available to the industry in late February 2016.

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