Retraining Horses & Greyhounds to New Environments Project

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Case for change

Skill to assess and re-train horses and greyhounds in their transition from the racing sector to new environments was identified as a key priority in the 2018-2021 Racing IRC Skills Forecast, page 52. Training package components are to be reviewed to ensure inclusion of these skills to align with Industry standards in relation to animal welfare, current retirement/re-homing programs and, as a result, provide the industry with the potential for growth and new business opportunities.

Qualifications, skill sets and units of competency from the RGR Racing and Breeding Training Package will be reviewed to include these skills, in alignment with Industry standards for animal welfare, current retirement/re-homing programs and, as a result, provide the industry with the potential for growth and new business opportunities.

Skills Impact and the Racing and Breeding Industry Reference Committee (IRC) will take this project through a process that adheres to the 2012 Standards for Training Package Development.

Download the IRC Skills Forecast (see page 30-32)

Project Plan

Project Scope

This project will look at the skills required to assess, re-train and re-home horses and greyhounds after their racing careers have finished, and to incorporate these skills into qualifications, skill sets and units for the racing industry.

To ensure a high quality of animal welfare in the transition from horse racing, the industry has developed procedures that require owners and trainers to report on the retirement of horse’s and their destination after their transition from horse racing. Skills identified for this project include assessment and re-training horses in the racing and breeding sector for use in other working environments, breeding or for personal/recreational uses.

Greyhound Principal Racing Authorities aim to advance animal welfare standards of the industry through programs that facilitate rehoming of greyhounds into new environments. Skills required to support these initiatives include conducting behavioural observations of retired greyhounds and assessment of their suitability for assimilation into domestic environments.

Scroll down to view the list of qualifications and skill sets proposed for revision and development as part of this project. They will be incorporated in the RGR Racing and Breeding Training Package.

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Relevant Occupations

This is an emerging specialist area/occupation in the horse industry and includes program managers and staff working within ‘Off the Track’ programs, horse behaviour specialists and other racing industry participants such as trainers and owners.

For greyhounds, relevant occupations include Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP) staff, dog trainers, greyhound trainers, animal foster workers, animal behaviourists, animal shelter staff, and racing industry participants such as trainers and owners.

Key Deliverables

Current qualifications will be reviewed to determine if newly developed or revised units of competency should be added to the elective banks of qualifications, and whether new skills sets need to be developed.

 

Timeline

August 2018
Initial scoping

September 2018
Development of draft qualifications, skill sets and units

October/November 2018
Drafts available for broad consultation

February/March 2019
Validation of final drafts

April 2019
Finalisation of Training Package components

April/May 2019
Independent Quality Assurance, and Edit and Equity review of Training Package components

May 2019
IRC consideration for sign-off and submission for endorsement

 

Project Team
Ruth Geldard Industry Skills Standards Specialist, Skills Impact rgeldard@skillsimpact.com.au
Michelle Ingley-Smith National Industry Engagement Manager, Skills Impact michelle@skillsimpact.com.au
Sue Hamilton Industry Skills Standards Contractor

 

Subject Matter Experts

Subject Matter Experts will be drawn on throughout this project to help review and draft the revised qualifications and potential new skill sets.

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 rgeldard@skillsimpact.com.au.

 

Qualifications and Skill Sets

Below is a list of current qualifications and potential skill sets proposed for revision and development as part of this project.

In preparation for the review of these components, we invite you to provide your input on the current qualifications. We would like to know what changes or updates should be made to the components so that they meet the skills needs of the industry. Use the links below to view the current skill sets on training.gov.au.

Your feedback will help us in drafting the revised qualifications and potential new skill sets.

To provide feedback, please use our feedback form. Alternatively, you can email Ruth Geldard rgeldard@skillsimpact.com.au

Skill sets that may be developed as part of this project include (but are not limited to):

  • Assess Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds for Retiring and Rehoming
  • Assess Greyhounds for Rehoming
  • Foster Retiring Greyhounds

 

Stakeholder Consultation Process

A list of key stakeholder organisations has been identified for this project. Skills Impact will ensure contact is made with each of these organisations during the development of this project to seek their involvement and their views on the draft qualifications, skill sets and units.

If you are aware of an organisation that you think should be involved, please contact the project team to ensure they are contacted by us.

Of course, all and any interested industry participants are encouraged to engage in the consultation of this project, when the draft skill sets and units are available for feedback via this webpage and workshops that take place around Australia. Consultation is not limited to the organisations on this list. This list simply helps us to identify those organisations that, because of their industry role, size or specialty, are likely to have a key interest in the development and outcomes of this project.

 

Opportunities for stakeholder input

Stakeholder input is appreciated throughout the duration of this project. The documents will be drafted in consultation with Subject Matter Experts and their networks. Opportunities to provide targeted feedback will occur when the draft materials are made available in October/November 2018, and again for validation of final drafts in February/March 2019. However, your feedback is welcomed at any time, and will help us in drafting the skill sets and units. It is important that training provides a skilled and flexible workforce for the future. The skill sets and units need to reflect real work experience. So if you work in the sector, Skills Impact would appreciate your input and help. Please feel free to register your interest for project updates and consultation opportunities by following the newsletter subscription link below. Alternatively, please feel free to contact the project manager, Ruth Geldard on 03 9321 3526 or rgeldard@skillsimpact.com.au.

 

The Racing and Breeding Industry Reference Committee (IRC) will oversee this project, as part of their responsibility to support engagement with the sector, and to ensure the project meets industry stakeholder needs.

Development

Consultation has begun with Subject Matter Experts to define skills requirements specific to job roles in transitioning greyhounds from the racing sector to pets and horses from the racing sector to new purposes.

Discussions at initial consultation meetings held recently in Melbourne have considered proposed new units and skill sets in the following areas.

Assess Greyhounds for Rehoming and Foster Retiring Greyhounds (Transition to pet program)

Potential new units

  • Assess greyhounds for suitability to transition to a pet unit
  • Develop and implement greyhound transition to pet plan unit
  • Promote, match and coordinate greyhound adoption unit
  • Coordinate volunteers in greyhound transition to pet programs unit
  • Coordinate greyhound transition to pet program activities unit
  • Interpret and manage greyhound behaviours unit

Potential new skill sets

  • Greyhound Preparation for Transitioning to a Pet Skill Set
  • Greyhound Adoption Skill Set
  • Greyhound Transition to Pet Program Coordination Skill Set

 

Assess Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds for Retiring and Rehoming (Racehorse Transition to new Purpose)

Potential new units

  • Assess racehorses for transitioning to new purpose unit
  • Plan and implement racehorse transition plan unit
  • Provide advice and organise racehorse transition to new purpose unit

Potential new skill set

  • Racehorse Transition to New Purpose Skill Set

Face-to-Face Consultation Workshops – Registrations Open!

Broad stakeholder consultation is scheduled to commence in November, when draft units and skill sets will be made available for comment on this webpage (under the ‘Drafts Available’ menu above) and national consultation workshops will be held. Registration for these workshops are now open – dates and times are listed below.

Please feel free to register for a workshop near you by clicking the corresponding link. Workshops are identified as specific to either greyhounds or horses.  If you have an interest across both horse and greyhound racing codes, then register your attendance for both in your State or Territory. A webinar is also planned for those unable to attend in person.

12 Nov 18, 10am to 12pm – Sydney, NSW (Greyhounds) – register here

14 Nov 18, 10am to 1pm – Hunter Valley (Scone), NSW (Horses) – register here

15 Nov 18, 10am to 11.30am – Brisbane, QLD (Greyhounds) – register here

15 Nov 18, 12pm to 1.30pm – Brisbane, QLD (Horses) – register here

19 Nov 18, 10am to 12pm – Melbourne, VIC (Greyhounds) – register here

19 Nov 18, 12pm to 2pm – Melbourne, VIC (Horses) – register here

20 Nov 18, 10.30am to 11.30am – Hobart, TAS (Greyhounds) – register here

20 Nov 18, 12pm to 2pm – Hobart, TAS (Horses) – register here

22 Nov 18, 10am to 11.30am – Adelaide, SA – (Greyhounds) – register here

22 Nov 18, 12pm to 1.30pm – Adelaide, SA – (Horses) – register here

28 Nov 18, 10am to 11.30am – Perth, WA – (Greyhounds) – register here

28 Nov 18, 12pm to 1.30pm – Perth, WA – (Horses) – register here

Consultation Webinar

Tue 4 Dec 18, 10am to 1pm – Webinarregister here

 

Register your interest in the project

Subscribe to the Skills Impact newsletter to keep informed about project updates and opportunities to provide input and feedback. Make sure to select ‘Racing’ as your industry of interest on the subscription form.

 

Drafts Available

New and revised qualifications, skill sets and units of competency are now available for your review and feedback. Please find these drafts listed below, divided by whether they relate to greyhound or racehorse for ease of consultation.

We are seeking your feedback on whether the draft qualifications, skill sets and units reflect the current skills standards and practices of industry, and whether job functions are accurately described. They have been revised to incorporate the skills required to assess, re-train and re-home horses and greyhounds after their racing careers have finished.

You are welcome to provide feedback on as many of the draft qualifications, skill sets and units you would like. Please share these with others who may be interested in providing feedback.

They will be available on this webpage for feedback until 9 December 2018.

Your Feedback will inform the work on the final drafts which will be available for industry validation in February 2019.

Summary of consultation to date

Consultation with industry stakeholders with broad experience and knowledge about the transitioning of horses and greyhounds form the racing and breeding sector to new environments and/or purposes occurred during September and October. This has informed the development of new and revised draft units of competency, skill sets and qualifications that identify skill requirements for individuals undertaking these roles.

How to provide feedback

To view the documents, please click on the expandable menus below. You have several options for submitting your feedback:

  • online via our new feedback hub;
  • register for a face-to-face consultation workshop or webinar;
  • or, by email.

Feedback hub

Using the online feedback hub, you can post comments directly on the draft qualifications, skill sets and units, as well as view any comments from others. Your comments will remain anonymous. Only Skills Impact internal staff can identify users, to ensure the authenticity of comments and to follow-up where required. For more information, see our Privacy Policy. The feedback hub is moderated to avoid misuse, including the removal of any offensive material. For further details, see our Moderation Policy.

Please follow these steps:

  1. Find and view the draft document(s) you would like to review by clicking on the expandable document menus below.
  2. Click the ‘view and provide feedback’ link next to the qualification, skill set or unit.
  3. You will be asked to register or login (this is a free account), follow the prompts.
  4. Once logged in, you will be able to post feedback directly on the document.
  5. Download user instructions

Please contact us if you require assistance.

Consultation workshop or webinar

Face-to-Face Consultation Workshops

12 Nov 18, 10am to 12pm – Sydney, NSW (Greyhounds) – register here

14 Nov 18, 10am to 1pm – Hunter Valley (Scone), NSW (Horses) – register here

15 Nov 18, 10am to 11.30am – Brisbane, QLD (Greyhounds) – register here

15 Nov 18, 12pm to 1.30pm – Brisbane, QLD (Horses) – register here

19 Nov 18, 10am to 12pm – Melbourne, VIC (Greyhounds) – register here

19 Nov 18, 12pm to 2pm – Melbourne, VIC (Horses) – register here

20 Nov 18, 10.30am to 11.30am – Hobart, TAS (Greyhounds) – register here

20 Nov 18, 12pm to 2pm – Hobart, TAS (Horses) – register here

22 Nov 18, 10am to 11.30am – Adelaide, SA – (Greyhounds) – register here

22 Nov 18, 12pm to 1.30pm – Adelaide, SA – (Horses) – register here

28 Nov 18, 10am to 11.30am – Perth, WA – (Greyhounds) – register here

28 Nov 18, 12pm to 1.30pm – Perth, WA – (Horses) – register here

Consultation Webinar

Tue 4 Dec 18, 10am to 1pm – Webinar – register here

 

Provide your feedback via email

Of course there is always the option to email us your feedback if you prefer. You can attach the qualification, skill set or unit with your track changes as feedback, or to provide general comments about the drafts. There is a link at the bottom of each document group where you can download the Microsoft Word versions of the qualifications, skill sets and units. Please email your feedback to Ruth Geldard rgeldard@skillsimpact.com.au.

Greyhound Transition to Pet

The following qualifications relate to both horse and greyhound racing and breeding sector transition.

RGR10118 Certificate I in Racing (Stablehand) View qualification and provide feedback
RGR20117 Certificate II in Racing (Greyhound) View qualification and provide feedback
RGR30117 Certificate III in Racing (Greyhound) View qualification and provide feedback
RGR30218 Certificate III in Racing (Stablehand) View qualification and provide feedback
RGR30318 Certificate III in Racing (Driving Stablehand) View qualification and provide feedback
RGR30518 Certificate III in Racing (Trackwork Rider) View qualification and provide feedback
RGR40118 Certificate IV in Racing (Racehorse Trainer) View qualification and provide feedback
RGR50118 Diploma of Racing (Racehorse Trainer) View qualification and provide feedback

 

Alternatively, you can email your feedback to Ruth Geldard rgeldard@skillsimpact.com.au.

The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

This new qualification will supersede RGR40418 Certificate IV in Racing (Greyhound Trainer). New RGR units (listed in drop down menu below) have been added as electives, with the addition of specialisations. Changes have also been made to the core and packaging rules.

RGR40419 Certificate IV in Greyhound Racing Industry (Trainer or Health Assistant or Transition to Pet specialisation) View qualification

 

Alternatively, you can email your feedback to Ruth Geldard rgeldard@skillsimpact.com.au.

The draft document can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

Greyhound Preparation for Transitioning to a Pet Skill Set View skill set and provide feedback
Greyhound Adoption Skill Set View skill set and provide feedback
Greyhound Transition to Pet Program Coordination Skill Set View skill set and provide feedback

 

Alternatively, you can email your feedback to Ruth Geldard rgeldard@skillsimpact.com.au.

The draft document can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

Unit code and name Proposed changes Link to view and feedback
RGRPSGXX1 Assess greyhounds for suitability to transition to a pet Includes pre-requisite RGRPSGXX6 Interpret and manage greyhound behavior. To be included in RGR30117 Certificate III in Racing (Greyhound) (Release 2), RGR40419 Certificate IV in Greyhound Racing Industry (new) and Greyhound Preparation for Transitioning to a Pet Skill Set. View unit and provide feedback
RGRPSGXX2 Develop and implement greyhound transition to pet plan Includes pre-requisite RGRPSGXX1 Assess greyhounds for suitability to transition to a pet. To be included in RGR40419 Certificate IV in Greyhound Racing Industry (new) and RGRSSXXXXX1 Greyhound Preparation for Transitioning to a Pet Skill Set. View unit and provide feedback
RGRPSGXX3 Promote, match and coordinate greyhound adoption Includes pre-requisite RGRPSGXX6 Interpret and manage greyhound behavior. To be included in RGR40419 Certificate IV in Greyhound Racing Industry (new) and Greyhound Adoption Skill Set. View unit and provide feedback
RGRPSGXX4 Coordinate volunteers in greyhound transition to pet programs To be included in RGR40419 Certificate IV in Greyhound Racing Industry (new) and Greyhound Transition to Pet Program Coordination Skill Set. View unit and provide feedback
RGRPSGXX5 Coordinate operations of greyhound transition to pet program To be included in RGR40419 Certificate IV in Greyhound Racing Industry (new) and Greyhound Transition to Pet Program Coordination Skill Set. View unit and provide feedback
RGRPSGXX6 Interpret and manage greyhound behaviour To be included in RGR30117 Certificate III in Racing (Greyhound) (Release 2), RGR40419 Certificate IV in Greyhound Racing Industry (new), Greyhound Preparation for Transitioning to a Pet Skill Set and Greyhound Adoption Skill Set. View unit and provide feedback

 

Alternatively, you can email your feedback to Ruth Geldard rgeldard@skillsimpact.com.au.

The draft document can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

Racehorse Transition to new Purpose

The following qualifications relate to both horse and greyhound racing and breeding sector transition.

RGR10118 Certificate I in Racing (Stablehand) View qualification and provide feedback
RGR20117 Certificate II in Racing (Greyhound) View qualification and provide feedback
RGR30117 Certificate III in Racing (Greyhound) View qualification and provide feedback
RGR30218 Certificate III in Racing (Stablehand) View qualification and provide feedback
RGR30318 Certificate III in Racing (Driving Stablehand) View qualification and provide feedback
RGR30518 Certificate III in Racing (Trackwork Rider) View qualification and provide feedback
RGR40118 Certificate IV in Racing (Racehorse Trainer) View qualification and provide feedback
RGR50118 Diploma of Racing (Racehorse Trainer) View qualification and provide feedback

 

Alternatively, you can email your feedback to Ruth Geldard rgeldard@skillsimpact.com.au.

The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

RGRSSXXXXX5 Racehorse Transition Skill Set View skill set and provide feedback

 

Alternatively, you can email your feedback to Ruth Geldard rgeldard@skillsimpact.com.au.

The draft document can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

Unit code and name Proposed changes Link to view and feedback
RGRPSHXX1 Assess racehorses for transitioning to new purpose To be included in RGR30218 Certificate III in Racing (Stablehand) Release 2, RGR30318 Certificate III in Racing (Driving Stablehand) Release 2, RGR30518 Certificate III in Racing (Trackwork Rider) Release 2, RGR40118 Certificate IV in Racing (Racehorse Trainer) Release 2 and Racehorse Transition to New Purpose Skill Set. View unit and provide feedback
RGRPSHXX8 Plan and implement racehorse transition plan Includes pre-requisite ACMPHR401 Interpret equine behavior. To be included in RGR40118 Certificate IV in Racing (Racehorse Trainer) Release 2, RGR50118 Diploma of Racing (Racehorse Trainer) Release 2 and Racehorse Transition to New Purpose Skill Set. View unit and provide feedback
RGRPSHXX3 Provide advice and organise racehorse transitioning to new purpose To be included in RGR40118 Certificate IV in Racing (Racehorse Trainer) Release 2, RGR50118 Diploma of Racing (Racehorse Trainer) Release 2 and Racehorse Transition to New Purpose Skill Set. View unit and provide feedback

 

Alternatively, you can email your feedback to Ruth Geldard rgeldard@skillsimpact.com.au.

The draft document can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

 

 

Register your interest in the project

Subscribe to the Skills Impact newsletter to keep informed about project updates and opportunities to provide input and feedback. Make sure to select ‘Racing’ as your industry of interest on the subscription form.

 

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