A recent review of the process to clear a horse into Australia from another country by Harness Racing Australia (HRA) brought about several changes which were designed to improve timeliness of notification which in turn improved the traceability of Standardbreds after they arrive.
The response and feedback from the industry has been excellent, including making use of the amnesty period provided for horses arriving prior to 1 July 2022. This feedback also highlighted some notification pressures due to transportation timelines beyond the first port of entry. As such, the HRA Executive have approved the following amendments for horses being cleared into Australia, effective 1 October 2022:
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