Funding Secured For New GRV Tracking System

Funding has been secured for a new 'Whole of Life Digital Tracking Program' which set to be rolled out in Victoria later this year.

THE Victorian state government has announced more than $2 million will be put towards a consolidated digital platform to track the life of registered greyhounds.

Labor's Minister for Racing Anthony Carbines revealed his government would contribute $1.6 million to the project while Greyhound Racing Victoria will spend $418,000 to get the new Whole of Life Digital Tracking Program up and running.

"We are backing Greyhound Racing Victoria to improve its oversight of a greyhound's health throughout their life, as part of our work to continually improve welfare outcomes for all animals," Carbines said.

"This system will revolutionise the way that registered greyhounds are tracked across the industry, providing real-time updates on the status of an animal at every key touchpoint."

The Whole of Life Digital Tracking Program is expected to "improve animal welfare by ensuring transparent and accurate accounting of every Victorian greyhound at all stages of their lifecycle".

Microchipping, vaccinations, trainers, ownership details will be recorded on the platform with the information supplied by owners, trainers, vets, greyhound racing clubs and other GRV staff.

This data in Victoria is currently collected manually and sits across multiple platforms.

"The digital greyhound tracking program will leverage existing capability and programs and introduce a suite of opportunities to increase the number of check-in points required for the tracking of registered greyhounds throughout their life," GRV CEO Stuart Laing said.

Design and planning for the program is underway, with the new system expected to be rolled out in phases commencing this year.

The system will be fully implemented by 2026.

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