The Judicial Control Authority is an independent statutory authority constituted under the Racing Act 2003. The Judicial Control Authority ensures that judicial and appeal proceedings in thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing are heard and decided fairly, professionally, efficiently, and in a consistent and cost effective manner.
The role of Judicial Control Authority personnel is strictly adjudicatory. Stipendiary Stewards and Racecourse Inspectors employed by the Racing Integrity Unit initiate the inquiries (protests, request for rulings and breaches of the rules) on both race days and non-race days with a Judicial Committee appointed by the Judicial Control Authority being the independent judges who make the final decision on the outcomes as well as considering and determining penalties.
The powers and functions of Judicial Committees and Appeals Tribunals appointed by the Judicial Control Authority are established under the rules of the three racing codes.