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.

Between 2016 and 2022 Industry Reference Committee (IRCs) were the formal channel for considering industry skills requirements in the development and review of training packages. In 2023, Jobs and Skills Councils will be established to support a greater voice to industry in its skills and training needs.

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

  • Thoroughbred
  • Harness
  • Greyhound
  • Equine and greyhound breeding

Download the 2021-22 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 were gathered through consultation with industry stakeholders and research to determine the skills industry will need in the future. They were documented in Skills Forecasts, which the Australian Industry and Skills Committee considered to determine future training package (skills standards) projects. Each project was 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, projects undertaken, Skills Forecasts, as well as units, skill sets and qualifications within the Training Package.


Statistics sourced: IBISWorld Industry Wizard, 2020