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Burgess Special Review of Integrity Structures


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3 Recommendations
3.1 Amend the Racing Act 2003 to establish a single statutory Racing Integrity Board (RIB) to oversee the functions of the RIU and the JCA.
3.2 In consultation with the Racing Board and Racing Codes dissolve the RIU limited liability company and transfer the delivery and oversight of RIU functions to the Racing Integrity Board.
3.3 Establish a funding approval mechanism which enables the Racing Integrity Board to set and Racing Board (or its Wagering successor) to approve integrity budgets from Class 4 Gambling money.
3.4 Transfer responsibility for the management of the contract with the NZRLS, including the provision of capital funds for laboratory equipment, to the Racing Integrity Board.
3.5 Amend the Racing Act 2003 and rules of racing to allow race day admitted charges to be determined by the stewards
3.6 Have all defended charges heard by a centralised JCA panel in scheduled, centralised non-race day hearings.
3.7 Establish specialist animal welfare positions in the RIU to take the lead role in monitoring animal welfare.
3.8 Have the RIU review the relationships with MPI and RNZSPCA and develop formal mechanism (by way of MOU) for appropriate triage of animal welfare investigations.
3.9 Have the racing codes develop an online facility for recording non-race day injuries and veterinary treatment.
3.10 Establish a specialist position within RIU to monitor, investigate and review participant welfare.
3.11 Have the RIU review their confidential hotline and work with the codes to establish whistle blower provisions.
3.12 Have the RIB review the current RIU business processes against the recommendations made in the Stokes review.
3.13 Have the RIB review staff training and development models to ensure appropriate training is delivered and milestones established for career progression
3.14 Have the RIB review RIU organisational structure and staff distribution for optimal effectiveness and efficiency

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