Applications for Transition Support Packages have been open since August 2017 and will close on 30 June 2018.
A range of transition support continues to be available to people and greyhounds affected by the ban on greyhound racing in the ACT.
While owning, breeding and training greyhounds in the ACT for racing interstate is still permitted, Transition Support Packages are designed for people and greyhounds exiting the industry.
Woden Community Service has decades of experience connecting Canberrans with appropriate services in times of change or difficulty and has been engaged to roll out the ACT Government’s transition support.
Anybody affected by the transition of the greyhound industry in the ACT, whether or not they are exiting the industry, can access free counselling through Woden Community Service by calling (02) 6181 2895.
Those applying for a Transition Support Package will develop the package alongside Woden Community Service. Packages may include:
- Training and re-skilling opportunities (for example, subsidised places in training programs)
- Short term financial support – if you are employed in, or can show that you are significantly dependent on greyhound racing for income (and you can’t access a redundancy payment)
- Business skills support (for example, subsidised assistance in business planning)
- Specialist advice, guidance and planning about future career options
- Financial counselling and planning services
- No-interest loans to meet immediate individual needs
- Micro-credit loans to re-direct existing small businesses, or support new small business ventures
- Counselling to provide emotional support for anybody involved in the industry transition
- Help to re-home greyhounds
Financial support to help with the costs of re-homing ex-racing greyhounds is targeted towards people and greyhounds residing in the ACT, but may be extended to support the rehoming of a greyhound residing in NSW, to ensure that all greyhounds who are retired due to the racing ban in the ACT are in the best position to be successfully re-homed.