This unit of competency supports race club employees to prepare the racetrack and associated facilities for race meetings.
Competencies attained in this unit apply to the greyhound, harness and thoroughbred codes of the industry. Consequently when performance criteria are applied they will relate to the greyhound or harness or thoroughbred code, and statements of attainment for this unit will reflect this distinction.
Elements and Performance Criteria
Plan for race meeting.
1. Race meeting requirements are clarified with race club personnel and stewards.
2. Pre-planning work roster with monthly, weekly and daily objectives is prepared.
3. Kennels or stables are cleaned, cameras checked for operation and area is secured according to workplace and stewards' requirements.
Prepare track for racing.
4. Race distances and track selection are verified.
5. Barriers, rails, starting boxes and jumps are checked for operation and condition and moved into position as required.
6. Track condition is verified in consultation with stewards prior to start and during race meeting and adjustments are made as required.
7. Repairs are made to track surface between races as required.
Oversee post-race meeting clean-up (pull down).
8. Track surface is checked , repairs are arranged and maintenance operations are scheduled.
9. Kennels or stables are cleaned, repaired and secured where necessary.
10. Inventory is checked for return of all race club equipment.
11. Damage to equipment or infrastructure is reported and repairs are initiated by following workplace procedures.
12. Area is checked for safety and removal of all items, equipment or contractor supplies before site is declared open for regular access.
allocating duties to staff based on a range of operational requirements, staff experience, level of responsibility and complexity of job task
assessing race club and industry requirements associated with race meeting track and facilities, including safety, security, licensing, and staff and animal welfare
communicating with stewards, racing officials and staff, licensed and registered personnel and others using assertive communication techniques to gather, interpret and relay information related to preparing track and facilities for race meetings
completing duties in accordance with safe operating procedures and nominated time frame
complying with OHS and environmental legislation
complying with organisational policies and procedures
evaluating risks associated with track and facility equipment and activities
making effective decisions to resolve routine problems
operating a range of equipment and technology
preparing work rosters
recognising faulty equipment, machinery and infrastructure
reading and interpreting workplace documentation, including rules of racing
relating to people from a range of social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and with varying physical and mental abilities
teamwork skills to ensure completion of job tasks
written communication skills to complete workplace documentation and reports.
detailed understanding of applicable federal, state or territory legislation and regulations, and national standards and codes of practice, including:
anti-discrimination and harassment
environmental and waste management
equal employment opportunity
industry terminology related to racing operations and wider racing industry
organisational policies and procedures
principles of effective communication
protocols and procedures for communicating with stewards, racing officials and other relevant people
race meeting track and facility management operations and staff roles
racing industry animal welfare requirements
racing industry safety requirements, including safe operating procedures
relevant rules of racing
staff supervision, including rights and responsibilities of employees, supervisors, employers and contractors
track condition relevant to applicable racing code
track maintenance procedures relevant to applicable racing code
types of equipment and procedures for their operation and maintenance.
The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.
Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit
The evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit must be relevant to the specific industry sector and workplace operations and satisfy all of the requirements of the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge and the range statement of this unit and include evidence of the following:
knowledge of the requirements, procedures and instructions that are to apply when preparing track and facilities for race meetings
implementation of procedures and timely techniques for the safe, effective and efficient application of race meeting track and facility preparation
working with others to undertake and complete preparation procedures that meet required outcomes.
Evidence should be collected over a period of time in a range of workplace-relevant contexts and include dealings with an appropriate range of situations.
Context of and specific resources for assessment
Competency must be assessed in a racing workplace that provides access to the required resources or simulated environment approved by the relevant State Principal Racing Authority. Assessment is to occur under standard and authorised work practices, safety requirements and environmental constraints. It is to comply with relevant regulatory requirements or Australian Standards requirements.
Assessment of the practical components of this unit will be by observation of relevant skills.
The following resources must be available:
materials and equipment relevant to assessing candidate's ability to prepare track and facilities for race meetings
relevant racing industry work sites, such as racecourses, race meetings and related facilities
work instructions and related documentation.
Method of assessment
Assessment methods must satisfy the endorsed Assessment Guidelines of the Racing Training Package.
The suggested strategies for the assessment of this unit are:
written and/or oral assessment of candidate's required knowledge
observed, documented and firsthand testimonial evidence of candidate's application of practical tasks
simulation exercises conducted in a State Principal Racing Authority approved simulated environment.
Evidence is required to be demonstrated over a period of time, therefore where performance is not directly observed any evidence should be authenticated by supervisors or other appropriate persons.
This unit may be assessed in a holistic way with other units of competency relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role.
Guidance information for assessment
Assessment methods should reflect workplace demands (e.g. literacy and numeracy demands) and the needs of particular target groups (e.g. people with disabilities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, people with a language background other than English, youth and people from low socioeconomic backgrounds).
The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording in the performance criteria is detailed below.
The range statement provides details of how this competency can be used in the workplaces of the racing industry to effectively prepare track and facilities for race meetings. Workplaces include greyhound, harness and thoroughbred racecourses, training tracks, administration buildings and public areas.
Race meeting requirements may include:
access for contractors
marquee or additional hospitality areas
reviewing contractors' safe operating procedures
site or venue
Work roster tasks may include:
checking operation and soundness of infrastructure and facilities, including:
barriers or starting boxes
public address system
race meeting kennels or stalls
spectator viewing facilities or seating
erection and pull down of marquees
landscaping and grounds maintenance
track preparation, covering:
irrigation pipes removal
rail condition and location
starting position of each race.
Area is secured to ensure :
identification of race staff and participants is verified
maintenance of integrity in relation to swabs
maintenance of restricted areas
presentation of correct horses at meetings
staff and race participant safety.
Checks of barriers, rails, starting boxes and jumps may include:
communication systems between starter and driver
fuel, oil, power steering and transmission fluid
inside and outside running rails
sound posts, rails and fittings
no exposed pins or ends (caps required)
no joint protrusions
visibility satisfactory with no discolouration
front door and rear door springs operational
removal of debris
sound structure with no corrosion
no exposed pins
no joint protrusions
removal of debris
sound posts, rails and fittings
Track condition verification will include:
debris on track
rail position and condition
turf, dirt or synthetic surface maintenance.
Repairs to track surface between races may include:
Track maintenance operations schedule may include:
conducting condition assessment, including:
identifying defects, deterioration or deficiencies and establishing effect on asset performance
determining maintenance or remediation required
allocating necessary maintenance resources, for example:
selecting appropriate rectification procedure
scheduling maintenance work that may include:
aeration for turf tracks
de-compaction annually on turf tracks
deep rip as required
harrowing daily on sand tracks and as needed on cinders tracks
herbicide and insecticide use
irrigation to bind surface material
filling of hoof prints
mowing appropriate for season
power harrow as required
ripping as needed on cinders tracks
rolling daily on sand tracks
top dressing if required
turf track aeration.
Equipment or infrastructure may include:
fire safety equipment
irrigation pipes and sprinklers
mobile starting barriers
photo finish equipment
public address system
track maintenance equipment or machinery
tractors and harrows.
Post-race safety check will include:
controlling and minimising risks
eliminating hazardous substances and materials
ensuring equipment, machinery and vehicles are safe and in proper working order, including:
following accident and injury procedures
following safe operating procedures
scheduling identified facilities' repairs and maintenance
using correct manual handling techniques, including:
Greyhound, harness and thoroughbred racing codes
This unit contains employability skills.
Refer to Unit Descriptor