3383. Hon Alison Xamon to the minister representing the Minister for Racing and Gaming:
I refer to Size and scope of the Western Australian Racing Industry, prepared by IER Pty Ltd in 2016, and I ask:
(a) has any assessment of the methodology used in this report been done and, if so, will the Minister please table that assessment; and
(b) will the Minister request a new and updated report be researched to ensure that figures quoted in annual reports etc are more current?
Hon Alannah MacTiernan replied:
(a) No. IER Pty Ltd is a business consultancy specialising in research, strategy development, economic and social impacts for the racing, sports and major events industries. For close to 30 years, IER has provided advice to a range of sport, racing and leisure organisations, major events, national sporting leagues and tourism authorities in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and North America.
The modelling for the study uses an input/output methodology for the calculation of economic impacts associated with the racing industry in WA. The evaluation is undertaken using methodology consistent with the requirements of the Australian government.
(b) IER Pty Ltd is currently engaged by Racing and Wagering Western Australia to develop an updated report on the economic and social impacts of the Western Australia racing industry.