Industry Overview

Horse or dog racing events are the result of years of effort by a team of skilled workers from the racing and breeding sector. These industry professionals are expected to achieve the highest possible standards of safety and animal welfare across all areas of their work, while also supporting the success of each animal in sport or breeding. Reputable workers in this industry are skilled in training, nutrition, and biomechanics to care for dogs or horses actively participating in racing, keeping them physically healthy and preventing injury. Expertise is also required to retrain animals and support their welfare as they move into breeding or other environments. Knowledge of pedigrees, animal welfare issues, business management, and regulations are needed across the industry to maintain the high standards expected by the public.

The Racing and Breeding Industry Reference Committee (IRC) covers the following sectors:

  • Thoroughbred
  • Harness
  • Greyhound
  • Equine and greyhound breeding

Download the 2019-20 Year in Review for Racing and Breeding

RGR Stats

Want to know more about the work to improve skills standards for this industry?

Industry trends, challenges and opportunities are gathered through consultation with industry and research. They are documented in Skills Forecasts, which the Australian Industry and Skills Committee considers to determine future training package (skills standards) projects. Each project is overseen by the relevant Industry Reference Committee (IRC) and managed by Skills Impact. Click on the menu to the left for more information about the IRC, current projects, Skills Forecasts, as well as current units, skill sets and qualifications within the Training Package.


Statistics sourced: IBISWorld Industry Wizard, 2020