Greyhounds Project (animal welfare and racing integrity)

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Case for change

This project will look at updating occupational skill standards ensuring that racing integrity and animal welfare skills and knowledge critical to the industry are reflected in training.

Training Package Projects are established only when a Case For Change has been approved by the Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC), in line with the National Schedule. Following this approval, Skills Impact and the IRC take the Training Package Project through a process that adheres to the 2012 Standards for Training Package Development.

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Project overview

Project Scope

This project reviews relevant greyhound racing components of the RGR08 Racing Training Package to ensure it is able to support the industry in ensuring the industry has access to best practice occupational skills standards that will assist in addressing issues related to the management of animal welfare and racing integrity. The industry’s ability to demonstrate high levels of compliance and participant behaviour needs to be improved, as a failure to do so could result in potential industry closures as recently occurred in NSW. The NSW government reversed this decision following industry’s commitment to improve its ability to demonstrate participant behaviour acceptable to current community standards.[1]

The proposed components that require improvement to ensure the training package can be used to benchmark participant occupational performance comprise of the following;

  • 2 qualifications
  • 25 units of competency (23 existing and 2 new)
  • 12 skill sets

[1] https://www.nsw.gov.au/news/greyhound-racing-continue-under-strict-regulations

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By registering your interest, you will be informed of project updates and when draft materials are available for feedback.

 

Timeline

9 January 2017
First Technical Advisory Committee meeting

15 March 2017
Second Technical Advisory Committee meeting

February – March 2017
Face-to-Face workshops / consultations (TBC)

March 2017
Public consultation via Skills Impact website

11 May 2017
Final Technical Advisory Committee meeting

15 – 30 May 2017
Public Validation of Training Package Components

30 June 2017
Case for Endorsement Submitted to the AISC

 

Methodology
  1. Expertise input and consultation
  2. Training Package component drafting
  3. Industry validation
  4. Independent quality assurance and access and equity review
  5. Industry Reference Committee (IRC) Sign-off
  6. Submission for endorsement to the AISC

 

Project Team
Evan Cooper Industry Facilitation Manager Skills Impact, ecooper@skillsimpact.com.au
Wayne Jones Industry Skills Standards Specialist, Skills Impact
Mitch Cleary Training Package Developer, Precision Consulting

 

Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Membership
Tony Atkins Tara Greyhound Equipment
Ron Fleming Racing and Wagering WA
Jane McNicholl Independent
Karen Dawson Australian Greyhound Veterinary Association
Ray Ferguson Australian Greyhound Veterinarians
Elizabeth Arnott Independent
Cecelia Huynh Greyhound Racing NSW
Paul Marks Greyhound Racing NSW
Robyn Bell Racing Queensland
Peter Davis Independent
Sonia Davis Independent
Georgina Caspar Greyhound Racing NSW
Peter Wesley TasRacing
Steven Karamatic Greyhound Racing Victoria
Heather Villinger Greyhounds Australasia

Development

Thank you to those who provided feedback on the draft units of competency, qualifications and skill sets.

The feedback will inform the work on the final draft of units, qualifications and skill sets which will be available for industry validation the last week of May.

The drafts that are under review are listed below.

Units of Competency

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RGRPSG201 Handle Greyhounds Download draft unit within zipped folder
RGRPAG204 Attend greyhounds during exercise routines Download draft unit within zipped folder
RGRPSG310 Train and race greyhounds Download draft unit within zipped folder
RGRPSG314 Educate a greyhound Download draft unit within zipped folder

*Please contact us if you have any problems accessing the zipped files.

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RGRPSG305 Coordinate greyhound breeding Download draft unit within zipped folder
RGRPSG312 Whelp greyhounds Download draft unit within zipped folder
RGRPSG315 Rear greyhounds Download draft unit within zipped folder

*Please contact us if you have any problems accessing the zipped files.

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RGRPSG2XX Interpret greyhound behaviour Download draft unit (Please provide feedback via email to ecooper@skillsimpact.com.au)
RGRPSG212 Interpret and respond to greyhound health and welfare (unit title changed) Download draft unit within zipped folder
RGRPSG213 Ethically rehome a greyhound (unit title changed) Download draft unit within zipped folder
RGRPSG302 Assess health and provide first aid for greyhounds Download draft unit within zipped folder
RGRPSG303 Meet nutritional needs of greyhounds (unit title changed) Download draft unit within zipped folder
RGRPSG306 Determine care and treatment needs of greyhounds (unit title changed) Download draft unit within zipped folder
RGRPSG311 Transport greyhounds Download draft unit within zipped folder

*Please contact us if you have any problems accessing the zipped files.

Note that many of these units were still under development at the time the RGR Training Package was transitioned from Agrifoods to the Racing IRC and Skills Impact. The review was not finalised nor published on training.gov.au. The Racing IRC has continued the review with semi-completed drafts supplied. Feedback from industry consultation has supported the following outcomes for these units.

Code and Title Rationale
RGRPSG205 Attend greyhounds at race meetings Unit deleted as merged with RGRPSG201 Handle Greyhounds
RGRPSG206 Catch and control greyhounds Unit deleted as merged with RGRPSG201 Handle Greyhounds
RGRPSG208 Work effectively in the greyhound industry Content spread throughout units
RGRPSG212 Interpret and respond to greyhound behaviour and Interpret and respond to greyhound health and welfare Split into two units: Interpret and respond to greyhound health and welfare and Interpret and respond to greyhound behaviour
RGRPSG301 Supervise handling of greyhounds Unit deleted as merged with RGRPSG201 Handle Greyhounds
RGRPSG308 Raise greyhound litters Unit deleted. Aspects incorporated into whelp, rear, educate and train units
RGRPSG310 Train and race greyhounds Content changed to focus on training for racing, rather than educating which is now in the revised RGRPSG314 Educate a greyhound
RGRPSG405 Operate a greyhound racing training business Unit deleted – to be replaced in qualification documents with a small business unit from the BSB training package
RGRPSG408 Oversee greyhound health and welfare Unit deleted – other behaviour and welfare units enhanced.

 

Qualifications and Skill Sets

RGR20217 Certificate II in Racing (Greyhound) Download draft qualification
RGR30117 Certificate III in Racing (Greyhound) Download draft qualification

 

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RGRSS***** Greyhound Attendant Skill Set Download draft skill set within zipped folder
RGRSS***** Greyhound Breeding Skill Set Download draft skill set within zipped folder
RGRSS***** Greyhound Catcher Skill Set Download draft skill set within zipped folder
RGRSS***** Greyhound Primary Educator Skill Set Download draft skill set within zipped folder
RGRSS***** Greyhound Rearing Skill Set Download draft skill set within zipped folder
RGRSS***** Greyhound Whelping Skill Set Download draft skill set within zipped folder

 

*Please contact us if you have any problems accessing the zipped files.

 

Register your interest in the project

By registering your interest, you will be informed of project updates and when draft materials are available for feedback.

 

 

Validation

Thank you to those who participated in the validation process for the final draft units of competency, skill sets and qualifications. The consultation period for this Validation stage of the project is now closed.

The final drafts have been forwarded to the Racing Industry Reference Committee (IRC) for sign off. After final quality assurance of the drafts, they will be submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) to consider and approve for publication on training.gov.au.

Validation means checking or proving that something is logically and factually accurate. Industry views were sought on whether current racing integrity and animal welfare for greyhounds has been incorporated into the following units of competency, skill sets and qualifications. The final draft units, skill sets and qualifications that were available for industry validation are listed below.

Units of Competency

RGRPSG2XX Demonstrate greyhound racing industry integrity and ethical practice
RGRPSG201 Handle Greyhounds
RGRPSG204 Attend greyhounds during exercise routines
RGRPSG205 Attend greyhounds at race meetings
RGRPSG206 Catch and control greyhounds
RGRPSG304 Participate in greyhound racing inquiries and appeals
RGRPSG310 Train and race greyhounds
RGRPSG314 Educate a greyhound

 

RGRPSG305 Coordinate greyhound breeding
RGRPSG312 Whelp greyhounds
RGRPSG315 Rear greyhounds

 

RGRPSG202 Transport greyhounds
RGRPSG2XX Interpret and respond to greyhound behaviour
RGRPSG2XX Promote and enhance greyhound health and welfare
RGRPSG2XX Ethically rehome a greyhound
RGRPSG302 Assess health and provide first aid for greyhounds
RGRPSG303 Meet nutritional needs of greyhounds
RGRPSG306 Determine care and treatment needs of greyhounds

 

RGRPSG208 Work effectively in the greyhound industry
RGRPSG301 Supervise handling of greyhounds
RGRPSG308 Raise greyhound litters
RGRPSG405 Operate a greyhound racing training business
RGRPSG408 Oversee greyhound health and welfare
RGRPSG409 Perform duties of a greyhound studmaster

Skill Sets and Qualifications

RGRSSXXXXX Greyhound Attendant Skill Set
RGRSSXXXXX Greyhound Primary Educator Skill Set
RGRSSXXXXX Animal Welfare for Greyhound Racing Skill set
RGRSSXXXXX Greyhound Breeding Skill Set
RGRSSXXXXX Greyhound Catcher Skill Set
RGRSSXXXXX Greyhound Racing Integrity Skill set
RGRSSXXXXX Greyhound Rearing Skill Set
RGRSSXXXXX Greyhound Stewarding Skill set
RGRSSXXXXX Greyhound Whelping Skill Set
RGRSSXXXXX Greyhound Studmaster Skill Set (proposed for deletion)
RGR20217 Certificate II in Racing (Greyhound)
RGR30117 Certificate III in Racing (Greyhound)

 

 

Register your interest in the project

By registering your interest, you will be informed of project updates and when draft materials are available for feedback.

Finalisation

This stage has not yet commenced

Release

This stage has not yet commenced