Minister Announces Harness Racing Victoria Audit

Minister for Racing, Martin Pakula, today announced that Mr Dale Monteith will conduct the audit of Harness Racing Victoria foreshadowed in the Andrews Labor Government’s plan to Keep Victorian Racing Strong.

Mr Monteith served as the Chief Executive of the Victorian Racing Club from 2000 to 2012 after nine years with the Melbourne Racing Club.

Mr Monteith has also recently undertaken reviews of the racing industry in Tasmania and the Northern Territory.

The audit will begin on 12 January 2015 with the report delivered to the Government by 31 March 2015.

It will examine governance, board expertise, debts and liabilities, infrastructure, income streams, administrative duplication and integrity services, including out-of-competition investigative arrangements, and attraction and retention of stewards.

The audit’s terms of reference can be found on the Department of Justice & Regulation website at www.justice.vic.gov.au

The audit will consult with key stakeholders, industry participants and members of the public. Regional visits will also give people the opportunity to contribute to the audit. Participants can also send a formal submission or email Mr Monteith at hrvaudit@justice.vic.gov.au or call 03 8684 4148.

The Victorian harness racing industry contributes about $421.8 million a year to the state economy and provides almost 4000 jobs, mainly in regional Victoria.

Quotes attributable to the Minister for Racing, Martin Pakula

“This audit will help ensure that harness racing in Victoria is on the right track.”

“This audit is vital to ensure that Harness Racing Victoria has the necessary expertise to continue to promote and deliver quality harness racing.”

“With his extensive experience in the racing industry, I am confident Mr Monteith will do a fantastic job leading this important audit.’’