About the Code of Practice for the Keeping of Racing Greyhounds

The Code of Practice for the Keeping of Racing Greyhounds (Code) is made under the Domestic Animals Act 1994 and applies to the keeping of all racing greyhounds registered with Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV).

The purpose of the Code is to specify the minimum standards required for the physical and behavioural needs of a racing greyhound throughout its lifecycle. It includes:

  • staffing
  • accommodation
  • management
  • breeding
  • care.

Why the Code was introduced

In 2015, Victoria's Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr Charles Milne, and the Racing Integrity Commissioner, Mr Sal Perna, undertook extensive reviews of welfare and integrity in the Victorian greyhound racing industry.

One recommendation resulting from this review was to develop a mandatory code of practice to cover all greyhounds (and their offspring) registered with Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV).

Who the mandatory Code applies to

Compliance with this Code and its provisions is mandatory for any person who keeps a racing greyhound registered with GRV.

Where to view the Code

A copy of the Code and associated Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) may be:

The new Code replaces the existing Code

The new Greyhound Code of Practice replaces the existing Code of Practice for the Operation of Greyhound Establishments.

Key provisions

The new Greyhound Code of Practice:

  • provides management requirements for the entire lifecycle of a racing greyhound to promote positive animal welfare and minimise unnecessary euthanasia of dogs
  • addresses early management and training practices to improve the proportion of dogs achieving race status, therefore reducing industry wastage and the number of dogs required to maintain the industry
  • provides a rehoming program at the end of a dog's racing career to reduce rehabilitation time before rehoming, increasing the volume of dogs moving through the Greyhound Adoption Program
  • requires participants to notify GRV of an intention to euthanase a dog, 14 days prior to undertaking euthanasia not on medical grounds
  • provides guidance to carers on identifying greyhounds showing signs of stress or developing stereotypies, so corrective action can start early.

Regulatory Impact Statement

The Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) examines different options to improve greyhound welfare and rehoming. It compares the associated costs. The RIS recommends the Code with industry enforcement, as the most effective option.

Public comments on both the RIS and Greyhound Code have now finished.

When did the new Code come into effect

The Code of Practice for the keeping of Racing Greyhounds (the Code) was approved by the Minister for Agriculture on 23 April 2018.

The Code came into effect on 1 January 2020.


If you have a question about the Code, the RIS, or the submission process you can contact us:

Call 136 186 or email greyhound.code@ecodev.vic.gov.au.

You can also contact GRV by phone (03) 8329 1100, email admin@grv.org.au, or through the GRV website.

Page last updated: 26 Aug 2021