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Racing Industry Law and Regulation (LAWS70164)

Graduate coursework level 7Points: 12.5Not available in 2019

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework Level 7
Subject codeLAWS70164
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

For centuries the breeding and racing of animals, especially horses, has been pursued with interest and passion in many parts of the world. A race attracts betting and from that emerges the prospect of misdeeds. As the scale and economic significance of the racing and associated betting industries have grown, so too has regulation by private groups and public authorities. Today, these industries face new challenges to their economic and regulatory models, born of a wide range of alternate gambling opportunities and the need to safeguard integrity. Changing attitudes to animal welfare are also influential. This subject explores different ways in which the law operates in this field and might be developed to meet the new challenges. It is for anyone interested in animal racing, including legal counsel, integrity officers and gambling industry participants. The three-member teaching team brings to the subject a varied and high level of expertise.

This subject will consider selected topics concerning the regulation of the racing industry (thoroughbred, harness and greyhound) in Australia. The primary focus will be upon analysing evolving regulatory arrangements and the role of public policy.

Principal topics include:

  • Overview of the structure of the racing industry in Australia, including identification of key stakeholders and commercial and legal relationships
  • Governance and regulatory issues, including the historical role of Principal Clubs and the trend to public regulation
  • Public policy issues in gambling control and their relationship to the racing industry
  • Legal aspects of breeding, purchase and ownership, including the role of the Australian Stud Book and syndication
  • Liability for injury
  • Occupational regulation of jockeys, trainers and bookmakers
  • Legal aspects of race results, prizes and incentive schemes
  • Legal issues in professional gambling
  • Disciplinary powers and processes, including stewards’ hearings, appeal tribunals and judicial reviews.

Intended learning outcomes

A student who has successfully completed this subject will:

  • Possess knowledge of the general nature of racing industry regulation in Australia
  • Understand the law relating to the ownership, training and racing of horses and greyhounds
  • Understand the legal and policy relationships between racing and gambling
  • Be able to evaluate the adequacy of the current regulatory environment to meet the needs of key stakeholders and the wider community.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

Applicants without legal qualifications should note that subjects are offered in the discipline of law at an advanced graduate level. While every effort will be made to meet the needs of students trained in other fields, concessions will not be made in the general level of instruction or assessment. Most subjects assume the knowledge usually acquired in a degree in law (LLB, JD or equivalent). Applicants should note that admission to some subjects in the Melbourne Law Masters will be dependent upon the individual applicant’s educational background and professional experience.

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

10,000 word research paper (100%) on a topic approved by the subject coordinator.

A minimum of 75% attendance is a hurdle requirement.

Quotas apply to this subject

Dates & times

Not available in 2019

Time commitment details

136-150 hours The pre-teaching period commences four weeks before the subject commencement date. From this time, students are expected to access and review the Reading Guide that will be available from the LMS subject page and the subject materials provided by the subject coordinator, which will be available from Melbourne Law School. Refer to the Reading Guide for confirmation of which resources need to be read and what other preparation is required before the teaching period commences.

Additional delivery details

This subject has a quota of 30 students. Please refer to the Melbourne Law Masters website for further information about the management of subject quotas and waitlists.

Further information

Last updated: 13 September 2019