Following the establishment of Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) in August 2003, the RWWA Act required the Board to establish procedures for consulting with prescribed racing bodies – clubs / association of clubs and other organisations that have an interest in the racing industry (industry associations).
The RWWA Board determined that the most appropriate process would be the formation of code specific Consultative Groups for greyhound, harness and thoroughbred racing. During the first six years of RWWA, these groups met quarterly at the RWWA Head Office in Osborne Park. In 2009 it was determined that, from 2010 onwards, three Head Office meetings would be held annually, with the fourth meeting to be a regional visit by Racing Operations Directors and Senior Racing Management. These regional meetings will allow for the dissemination of operational and strategic racing issues to the wider racing industry. This will usually take place around February-April each year and will coincide with the release of racing fixtures and distribution of funds to the racing clubs and participants.
The compositions of the Consultative Groups include nominated representatives of the racing clubs, industry associations and industry participant groups.
In relation to the specific consultation process for harness racing, the Harness Racing Consultative Group (HRCG) comprises representation as follows:
Representation Harness Racing Consultative Group (HRCG)
In relation to the HRCG, representation is based on the principle that the industry participant nominee, whilst being a nominee of a prescribed body, should also be representative of all participants of that specific category group within the State.
Importantly, the formation of Consultative Groups does not prevent any other individual, organisation or party associated with harness racing contacting RWWA nor does it prevent RWWA from requesting discussion outside of the nominated group.
The following Terms of Reference apply to the HRCG from 1 January 2008:
Nominees to the HRCG are required to:
The following rules apply to meetings of HRCG:
The HRCG does not have any power to act on behalf of RWWA.