Racing Industry Review Project

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Case for change

This project is an extension of the Equine Safety in Training Project. It was established after key issues were identified with the application of increased safety measures with horses in the context of the Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing industry. Feedback from industry was that the proposed safety measures being applied to the units of competency within the ACM Animal Care and Management Training Package and AHC Agriculture, Horticulture, and Conservation and Land Management Training Package were not appropriate for the Horse Racing Industry. It was determined that additional work was required to satisfactorily incorporate safety into the units, skill sets and qualifications within the RGR Racing Training Package. Industry feedback also outlined the need for a thorough review of all racing units, skill sets and qualifications to ensure they align to current skill standards, ensuring all job functions are accurately described.

The Industry Skills Committee (AISC) issued an activity order for this project to commence, following the approval of the Case for Change which can be downloaded via the link below. Skills Impact and the Racing Industry Reference Committee (IRC) will take this project through a process that adheres to the 2012 Standards for Training Package Development.

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Project Plan

Project Scope

Units of competency, skill sets and qualifications within the RGR Racing Training Package will be reviewed and updated to reflect the current skills and safety requirements of industry, so that all job functions are accurately described.

This project is an extension of the Equine Safety in Training Project. Feedback from industry is that the safety processes and measures in the horse racing industry are unique to the safety measures for other horse related industries. Industry has also identified the need to review and update units, skill sets and qualifications to reflect new and current industry standards and practices, particularly in relation to the occupations listed below.

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Relevant Occupations
  • Stablehand
  • Driving stablehand
  • Trackrider
  • Harness race driver
  • Racehorse trainer
  • Greyhound trainer
  • Jockey
  • Steward
  • Turf/track maintenance manager
  • Integrity officer
  • Racing administration and operations
  • Racehorse trainer
  • Greyhound trainer
  • Harness race drivers

 

Key deliverables
  • Review and improvement of 63 units
  • Development of the Certificate II in Racing (Stablehand), and specialisations built into the qualification for Thoroughbred Racing, Harness Racing, Thoroughbred breeding and Stablehand
  • Review and improvement of 3 Steward related qualifications
  • Development of new skill sets related to track maintenance for all three racing codes
  • Development of new skill sets related to racing administration
  • Review of 22 skill sets related to racetrack operations
  • Correct alignment of all racing qualifications to the Australian Qualifications Framework

 

Project Team
Evan Cooper Industry Facilitation Manager, Skills Impact ecooper@skillsimpact.com.au
Wayne Jones Industry Skills Standards Manager, Skills Impact wjones@skillsimpact.com.au
Sue Hamilton Skills Development Specialist

 

Timeline

August 2017
Initial scoping

September, October 2017
Review process commencement

October 2017
Industry consultation of draft materials

November 2017
Industry validation of final drafts

December 2017
Finalisation of Training Package components

December 2017, January 2018
Independent Quality Assurance, and Edit and Equity review of Training Package components

January 2018
IRC consideration for sign-off and submission for endorsement

 

Subject Matter Experts

Subject Matter Experts will be drawn on throughout this project to help review and draft the revised units and qualification.

If you are interested in applying to be a subject matter expert and are able to volunteer your time to this project, please email details of your expertise to ecooper@skillsimpact.com.au

 

Development

Draft qualifications and units of competency will soon be available for industry feedback.

Skills Impact is currently meeting with Principal Racing Authorities and Subject Matter Experts to determine the current skill needs of racing industry job roles.

Broad industry consultation is scheduled to commence mid-October, when draft units will be made available for comment on this webpage. Your input is welcome, please feel free to register your interest to keep informed of project updates and when draft units are available for feedback.

To view the project scope, timeline and key deliverables, please select the ‘Project Plan’ button above.

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Consultation

Draft qualifications, skill sets and units of competency are now available for your review and feedback. Please find these drafts listed below, divided into groups for ease of consultation.

Feedback is being sought on whether the draft qualifications, skill sets and units reflect the current skills and safety requirements of industry, and whether job functions are accurately described.

You are welcome to provide feedback on as many of the draft documents as you would like. Please also feel free to share these with others who may be interested in providing feedback.

The draft qualifications, skill sets and units will be available on this webpage for feedback until 10 November.

Feedback will inform the work on the final drafts which will be available for industry validation in January.

How to Provide Feedback

Please download the individual draft units, skill sets and qualifications that you are interested in reviewing. After reading the draft, you have several options for submitting your feedback.

  • Click the ‘provide feedback via online form’ button below and select the specific unit, skill set, or qualification you would like to provide feedback on. Note: once you complete one unit, skill set, or qualification in the group you will be asked if you would like to provide feedback on others in that group.
  • Click the ‘submit feedback via email’ button below to provide feedback via email. There is the option here to attach the unit, skill set, or qualification with your track changes as feedback, or to provide general comments about the drafts.
  • Register for a webinar if you would prefer to speak to the team regarding feedback on the drafts. To register your attendance, please click the link for one of the racing sectors listed below, and to receive the dial-in information.

 

Qualifications

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Note that the following new qualifications have been developed:

  • RGR20X18 Certificate II in Racing – This entry level qualification has been developed to provide opportunities for specialisations in stablehand, stud hand, track maintenance and administration. It is designed to provide an overview of the industry and allow individuals to develop skills for pathways to higher qualifications or skill sets.
  • RGR30X18 Certificate III in Racing (Driving Stablehand) – This qualification would replaces the Certificate III in Racing (Advanced Stablehand). It was developed based off feedback from the previous Industry Skills Council that there was a need to cater for driving stablehands within the harness industry.
  • RGR30X18 Certificate III in Racing (Stablehand) – This qualification would replace Certificate III in Racing (Advanced Stablehand). It was developed based off feedback from the previous Industry Skills Council. Units relating to supervisory roles have been removed. It covers the harness and thoroughbred codes of the racing industry.
  • RGR4XX18 Certificate IV in Racing Integrity – This qualification would replace RGR40608 Certificate IV in Racing Services (Steward), which has no uptake in industry as it is outdated. It has been developed following feedback from stewards.
  • RGR50X18 Diploma of Racing Integrity Management – This qualification would replace RGR50308 Diploma of Racing Services (Steward), which has no uptake in industry as it is outdated. It has been developed following feedback from stewards.
RGR20X18 Certificate II in Racing Download draft qualification
RGR30X18 Certificate III in Racing (Driving Stablehand) Download draft qualification
RGR30X18 Certificate III in Racing (Stablehand) Download draft qualification
RGR30118 Certificate III in Racing (Trackrider) Download draft qualification
RGR40X18 Certificate IV in Racing Integrity Download draft qualification
RGR40118 Certificate IV in Racing (Racehorse Trainer) Download draft qualification
RGR40218 Certificate IV in Racing (Jockey) Download draft qualification
RGR40318 Certificate IV in Racing (Harness Race Driver) Download draft qualification
RGR40418 Certificate IV in Racing (Greyhound Trainer) Download draft qualification
RGR50X18 Diploma of Racing Integrity Management Download draft qualification
RGR50118 Diploma of Racing (Racehorse Trainer) Download draft qualification

Skill Sets

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Note that the following new skill sets have also been developed:

  • RGRSS000X4 Greyhound On-track Veterinarian Skill Set – This skill set has been developed following feedback from Principal Racing Authorities that there are special requirements for local on-track vets, who require particular knowledge of the greyhound dog breed, rules of racing and injuries that may occur during race meets.
  • RGRSS000XX Cadet Steward Skill Set – Principal Racing Authorities identified a need for an induction program for new entrants to the integrity field. It replaces the Certificate III in Racing Services (Cadet Steward)
  • RGRSS000XX Investigative Steward Skill Set – Principal Racing Authorities identified a need for specialist investigators to support stewards and work in the integrity division of relevant racing authorities across the three codes.
  • RGRSS000XX Raceday Steward Skill Set – Feedback from the previous Industry Skills Council was that there was a need for a skill set for assistant or part-time stewards working and supporting other stewards on race days. It replaces the Certificate III in Racing Services (Cadet Steward).
  • RGRSS000XX Racing Club Administration Skill Set v1 – This skill set was developed to cover the essentials of racing club administration. Feedback received from industry was that there was no need for full qualifications in racing administration (Certificates II-IV and Diploma of Racing Services (Racing Administration)]. Administrative roles can be covered by business services qualifications.
  • RGRSS000XX Racing Stable Administration Skill Set v1 – This skill set was developed by the previous Industry Skills Council, in consultation with industry. We are now seeking confirmation for the requirement of this skill set.
  • RGRSS000XX Trackwork Supervisor Skill Set v1 – This skill set was developed by the previous Industry Skills Council, in consultation with industry. We are now seeking confirmation for the requirement of this skill set.
  • RGRSS0002X Non Turf Race Track Curator Skill Set – This skill set focuses on preparing non-turf track surfaces and related track facilities in the Greyhound, harness and thoroughbred codes. It replaces Certificates II, III and IV and Diploma of Racing Services (Track Maintenance).
  • RGRSS0002X Turf Race Track Curator Skill Set – This skill set focuses on preparing turf track surfaces and related track facilities in the thoroughbred racing code. It replaces Certificates II, III and IV and Diploma of Racing Services (Track Maintenance). Turf track maintenance roles are covered by sports turf management and horticulture qualifications.
RGRSS000X4 Greyhound On-track Veterinarian Skill Set Download draft skill set
RGRSS000XX Cadet Steward Skill Set Download draft skill set
RGRSS000XX Investigative Steward Skill Set Download draft skill set
RGRSS000XX Raceday Steward Skill Set Download draft skill set
RGRSS000XX Racing Club Administration Skill Set v1 Download draft skill set
RGRSS000XX Racing Stable Administration Skill Set v1 Download draft skill set
RGRSS000XX Trackwork Supervisor Skill Set v1 Download draft skill set
RGRSS00001 Greyhound Clerk of Scales Skill Set Download draft skill set
RGRSS00002 Greyhound Lure Driver Skill Set Download draft skill set
RGRSS0002X Non Turf Race Track Curator Skill Set Download draft skill set
RGRSS0002X Turf Race Track Curator Skill Set Download draft skill set
RGRSS00003 Greyhound Race Club Kennel Attendant Skill Set Download draft skill set
RGRSS00004 Greyhound Race Club Parade Official Skill Set Download draft skill set
RGRSS00006 Greyhound Training Operations Skill Set Download draft skill set
RGRSS00007 Harness Mobile Start Driver Skill Set Download draft skill set
RGRSS00008 Harness or Thoroughbred Clerk of Course Skill Set Download draft skill set
RGRSS00009 Harness or Thoroughbred Racing Handicapper Skill Set Download draft skill set
RGRSS00010 Harness or Thoroughbred Training Operations Skill Set Download draft skill set
RGRSS00011 Harness Race Starter Skill Set Download draft skill set
RGRSS00012 Harness Trackwork Driver Skill Set Download draft skill set
RGRSS00013 Race Meeting Farrier Skill Set Download draft skill set
RGRSS00014 Racing Biological Security Officer Skill Set Download draft skill set
RGRSS00015 Racing Judge Skill Set Download draft skill set
RGRSS00016 Racing Licensing and Registration Clerk Skill Set Download draft skill set
RGRSS00017 Racing Nominations and Acceptances Clerk Skill Set Download draft skill set
RGRSS00018 Racing Photo Finish Operator Skill Set Download draft skill set
RGRSS00019 Racing Swab Attendant Skill Set Download draft skill set
RGRSS00020 Racing Timekeeper Skill Set Download draft skill set
RGRSS00021 Thoroughbred Barrier Attendant Skill Set Download draft skill set
RGRSS00022 Thoroughbred Exercise Rider Skill Set Download draft skill set
RGRSS00023 Thoroughbred Fast Work Rider Skill Set Download draft skill set
RGRSS00024 Thoroughbred Race Starter Skill Set Download draft skill set

Units of Competency

RGRADM301 Assist with race meeting operations Download draft unit
RGRADM302 Supervise use of track and race club facilities Download draft unit
RGRADM402 Prepare for race meeting special events Download draft unit

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RGRCMN002 Investigate job opportunities in racing and related industries Download draft unit
RGRCMN003 Manage personal health and fitness Download draft unit
RGRCMN201 Follow WHS procedures and observe environmental work practices Download draft unit
RGRCMN202 Achieve requirements for industry induction Download draft unit
RGRCMN203 Comply with racing industry ethics and integrity Download draft unit
RGRCMN305 Participate in protests, inquiries and appeals Download draft unit
RGRCMN401 Maintain and monitor WHS procedures and environmental work practices Download draft unit
RGRCMN402 Participate in media interviews for racing Download draft unit
RGRCMN403 Participate in racing industry appeals Download draft unit

RGRPSG2XX Perform kennel duties Download draft unit
RGRPSG401 Relate anatomical and physiological features to the care and treatment of greyhounds Download draft unit

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Changes were made to the title of the following units of competency, during consultation with Subject Matter Experts:

  • RGRPSH201 Handle racehorses in stables and at trackwork (title changed to reflect the merging of content from RGRPSH208A Attend horses at trackwork and RGRPSH201A Handle horses). The units were merged to reduce overlap/duplication between the two units and to develop a racing specific unit. Similar ‘handle horses’ units in the ACM and SIS Training Packages were not considered appropriate for the racing industry, where individuals are required to work with racehorses, operate in racing stables and tracks and fit racing approved gear to racehorses.
  • RGRPSH205 Perform basic riding skills in the racing industry (title changed to reflect the merging of content from RGRPSH206A Develop riding skills for flatwork and RGRPSH205A Perform basic riding tasks). The units were merged to reduce overlap/duplication between the two units and to develop a racing specific unit. Similar ‘basic riding’ units in the ACM and SIS Training Packages included ‘handle horses’ prerequisites that were not appropriate for the racing industry and would mean that individuals would have to undertake two similar prerequisites one of which was not appropriate for the racing industry (see comment above).
  • RGRPSH207 Perform racing stable duties (replaces RGRPSH207A Perform stable duties to make it more specific to the racing industry)
RGRPSH201 Handle horses in stables and at trackwork Download draft unit
RGRPSH202 Assist with transportation of horses Download draft unit
RGRPSH203 Perform basic driving tasks Download draft unit
RGRPSH204 Prepare to drive jog work Download draft unit
RGRPSH205 Perform basic riding skills in the racing industry Download draft unit
RGRPSH207 Perform stable duties Download draft unit
RGRPSH209 Attend horses at race meetings and trials Download draft unit
RGRPSH211 Work effectively in the horse racing industry Download draft unit

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RGRPSH301 Implement stable operations Download draft unit
RGRPSH302 Supervise handling of horses Download draft unit
RGRPSH303 Supervise transportation of horses Download draft unit
RGRPSH304 Identify factors that affect racehorse performance Download draft unit
RGRPSH305 Develop driving skills for trackwork Download draft unit
RGRPSH306 Develop basic trackwork riding skills Download draft unit
RGRPSH307 Exercise horses in pacework Download draft unit
RGRPSH308 Provide first aid and emergency care for horses or other equines Download draft unit
RGRPSH309 Implement feeding programs for racehorses under direction Download draft unit
RGRPSH310 Prepare for self-management in racing Download draft unit
RGRPSH311 Participate in racing as an owner Download draft unit

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RGRPSH401 Provide care and treatment of horses Download draft unit
RGRPSH402 Drive horses in pacework and fast work Download draft unit
RGRPSH403 Educate harness horses for racing Download draft unit
RGRPSH404 Ride horses at trackwork Download draft unit
RGRPSH405 Ride horses in jump outs Download draft unit
RGRPSH406 Develop riding skills for jumping racing Download draft unit
RGRPSH407 Educate thoroughbred horses for racing Download draft unit
RGRPSH408 Manage horse health and welfare Download draft unit
RGRPSH409 Determine nutritional requirements for racing horses Download draft unit
RGRPSH410 Prepare for race driving Download draft unit
RGRPSH411 Drive horses in trials Download draft unit
RGRPSH412 Drive horses in races Download draft unit
RGRPSH413 Prepare for race riding Download draft unit
RGRPSH414 Ride horses in trials Download draft unit
RGRPSH415 Ride horses in races Download draft unit
RGRPSH416 Perform trial and race jumping riding skills Download draft unit
RGRPSH418 Set goals to improve racing performance Download draft unit
RGRPSH419 Manage principles of sports science for jockeys Download draft unit
RGRPSH420 Participate in implementing racehorse exercise programs Download draft unit
RGRPSH421 Operate horse racing training business Download draft unit
RGRPSH422 Promote and maintain business arrangements with racehorse owners Download draft unit
RGRPSH423 Train horses for jumping racing Download draft unit

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RGRPSH501 Plan and adapt training and conditioning programs for racehorses Download draft unit
RGRPSH502 Plan and implement education of horses for racing Download draft unit
RGRPSH503 Trial and race horses Download draft unit
RGRPSH504 Develop systems and records for horse racing business training operations Download draft unit
RGRPSH505 Select horses for racing Download draft unit

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RGRROP201 Perform duties of barrier attendant at thoroughbred race meetings and trials Download draft unit
RGRROP202 Perform duties of kennel attendant at race meetings Download draft unit
RGRROP203 Perform duties of parade official at greyhound race meetings Download draft unit
RGRROP204 Assist with harness race starts Download draft unit

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RGRROP301 Perform ear branding and marking up of greyhounds Download draft unit
RGRROP302 Brand standardbred horses Download draft unit
RGRROP303 Perform duties of clerk of course at harness or thoroughbred race meetings and trials Download draft unit
RGRROP304 Perform duties of clerk of scales at greyhound race meetings Download draft unit
RGRROP305 Perform duties of clerk of scales for horses at thoroughbred race meetings Download draft unit
RGRROP306 Perform duties of clerk of scales for jockeys at thoroughbred race meetings Download draft unit
RGRROP307 Perform duties of lure driver at race meetings and trials Download draft unit
RGRROP308 Drive mobile start vehicle Download draft unit
RGRROP309 Perform duties of catching pen supervisor Download draft unit
RGRROP310 Supervise race meeting kennels Download draft unit
RGRROP311 Perform duties of greyhound race starter Download draft unit
RGRROP312 Perform duties of licensing or registration clerk Download draft unit
RGRROP313 Process race nominations and acceptances Download draft unit
RGRROP314 Perform duties of photo finish operator at greyhound or horse race meetings Download draft unit
RGRROP315 Perform duties of timekeeper at greyhound or horse race meetings Download draft unit
RGRROP316 Perform duties of track supervisor during trackwork operations Download draft unit
RGRROP317 Attend racing events and comply with protocols and safety procedures Download draft unit

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RGRROP401 Perform duties of race programmer Download draft unit
RGRROP402 Perform duties of medical practitioner at race meetings and trials Download draft unit
RGRROP403 Perform duties of farrier at race meetings Download draft unit
RGRROP404 Perform duties of veterinarian at race meetings or trial Download draft unit
RGRROP405 Conduct veterinarian supervision of sample collection procedures Download draft unit
RGRROP406 Perform duties of harness race starter Download draft unit
RGRROP407 Perform duties of thoroughbred race starter Download draft unit
RGRROP408 Perform duties of betting supervisor or steward at greyhound or horse race meetings Download draft unit
RGRROP409 Perform duties of greyhound grader Download draft unit
RGRROP410 Perform duties of racehorse handicapper Download draft unit
RGRROP411 Perform duties of greyhound or horse race judge Download draft unit

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RGRSTD301 Perform duties of cadet steward Download draft unit
RGRSTD302 Interpret wagering trends Download draft unit
RGRSTD303 Assess racing gear suitability and safety Download draft unit
RGRSTD402 Perform non-race day duties of steward Download draft unit
RGRSTD403 Apply principles of administrative law to investigation and resolution of racing incidents Download draft unit
RGRSTD404 Prepare for racing industry appeals Download draft unit
RGRSTD405 Conduct steward supervision of sample collection procedures Download draft unit
RGRSTD406 Assess greyhound or horse handling skills Download draft unit
RGRSTD407 Assess driving or riding skills of licence or registration applicants Download draft unit
RGRSTD408 Analyse race performance Download draft unit
RGRSTD409 Perform duties of a race day steward Download draft unit
RGRSTD501 Manage steward services Download draft unit

RGRSWA301 Collect non-blood samples from greyhounds or horses Download draft unit
RGRSWA302 Collect non-blood samples from racing personnel Download draft unit
RGRSWA303 Collect blood samples for racing animal drug testing Download draft unit
RGRSWA401 Collect blood samples from racing personnel Download draft unit

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Note: RGRTRK403 Maintain specialised non-turf track surfaces for racing has been recoded from an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Level 3 to 4, to reflect the job role level

RGRTRK301 Assist with race meeting track management Download draft unit
RGRTRK303 Provide emergency animal assistance Download draft unit
RGRTRK401 Supervise preparation of track and facilities for race meetings Download draft unit
RGRTRK402 Relate animal welfare to track and environmental conditions Download draft unit
RGRTRK403 Maintain specialised non-turf track surfaces for racing Download draft unit

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Proposed for deletion

Title Rational Link to Download Draft
RGR10108 Certificate I in Racing (Stablehand) This qualification was proposed for deletion by the previous Industry Skills Council in a past project. After further consultation with racing industry experts, the advice has been that anyone wishing to undertake a certificate I level qualification in this field should undertake the Certificate I in Animal studies in the ACM Training Package and choose the horse related electives. Download draft qualification
Certificate III in Racing Services (Cadet Steward) This qualification is proposed to be deleted and replaced by RGRSS000XX Investigative Steward Skill Set, on advice by the Principal Racing Authorities which identified a need for specialist investigators to support stewards and work in the integrity division of relevant racing authorities across the three codes.  Download draft qualification
RGRPSH101 Catch and handle quiet horses under supervision This unit of is proposed for deletion as it is used only in the RGR10108 Certificate I in Racing (Stablehand), a qualification that is proposed for deletion, and is no longer required by industry.  Download draft unit
RGRPSH102 Perform basic stable duties  This unit of is proposed for deletion as it is used only in the RGR10108 Certificate I in Racing (Stablehand), a qualification that is proposed for deletion, and is no longer required by industry.  Download draft unit
RGRPSH206 Develop riding skills for flatwork This unit has been merged with RGRPSH205A Perform basic riding tasks to become the new unit RGRPSH205 Perform basic riding skills in the racing industry. The units were merged to reduce overlap/duplication between the two units and to develop a racing specific unit. Similar ‘basic riding’ units in the ACM and SIS Training Packages included ‘handle horses’ prerequisites that were not appropriate for the racing industry and would mean that individuals would have to undertake two similar prerequisites one of which was not appropriate for the racing industry (see explanation below). Download draft unit
RGRPSH208 Attend horses at trackwork This unit has been merged with RGRPSH201A Handle horses to become the new unit RGRPSH201 Handle racehorses in stables and at trackwork. The units were merged to reduce overlap/duplication between the two units and to develop a racing specific unit. Similar ‘handle horses’ units in the ACM and SIS Training Packages were not considered appropriate for the racing industry, where individuals are required to work with racehorses, operate in racing stables and tracks and fit racing approved gear to racehorses. Download draft unit

 

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