Hurry Up and Wait QRIC Tells Jockeys Appealing Suspensions

Despite the fact that change is unavoidable and relentless, not everyone is happy about the way the state of Queensland went about switching from its old system of dealing with licensee appeals to the one enacted a couple of months ago.

At the top of the complaints is that while an internal review of appeals by the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) is free of charge, those wishing to lodge a request for a stay of proceedings now have to pay over $300 to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT).

That would seem to be good news to appealers, but it seems that not everyone at QCAT was properly briefed on the new process, even telling one trainer that the QCAT no longer had any involvement with racing.

When an apprentice jockey approached the QCAT to request a delay, she was told that it would take 21 days to receive a response. That length of time is inappropriate, given that jockeys are only given nine days from the date of suspension, which was another source of angst over the new system.

Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett is addressing the issues while the RIC works through the backlog on its docket.

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