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Elements and Performance Criteria

  1. Plan for race meeting.
  2. Prepare track for racing.
  3. Oversee post-race meeting clean-up (pull down).

Required Skills

Required skills

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

Required knowledge

detailed understanding of applicable federal state or territory legislation and regulations and national standards and codes of practice including

animal welfare

antidiscrimination and harassment

environmental and waste management

equal employment opportunity

industrial relations


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

Evidence Required

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 workplacerelevant 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 candidates 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 andor oral assessment of candidates required knowledge

observed documented and firsthand testimonial evidence of candidates 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 eg literacy and numeracy demands and the needs of particular target groups eg 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

Range Statement

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

risk management



site or venue




Work roster tasks may include:

checking operation and soundness of infrastructure and facilities, including:

barriers or starting boxes

distance markers

photo finish

public address system

race meeting kennels or stalls

semaphore board


spectator viewing facilities or seating

surveillance towers

erection and pull down of marquees

landscaping and grounds maintenance

track preparation, covering:


irrigation pipes removal

machinery 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


tyre pressure



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

starting boxes:

battery charge

electric start

front door and rear door springs operational

removal of debris

sound structure with no corrosion

switch operational

wiring safe


no exposed pins

no joint protrusions

removal of debris

sound posts, rails and fittings


Track condition verification will include:

debris on track

moisture content

rail position and condition

turf, dirt or synthetic surface maintenance.

Repairs to track surface between races may include:


replacing divots


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

dragging daily

harrowing daily on sand tracks and as needed on cinders tracks

herbicide and insecticide use

irrigation to bind surface material


filling of hoof prints

fungicide use

mowing appropriate for season

nematicide use

power harrow as required

ripping as needed on cinders tracks

rolling daily on sand tracks

replacing divots


top dressing if required

turf track aeration.

Equipment or infrastructure may include:

electrical boards

fire safety equipment

irrigation pipes and sprinklers


mirror box

mobile starting barriers

photo finish equipment

public address system


starting boxes

spectator seating

track maintenance equipment or machinery

tractors and harrows.

Post-race safety check will include:

identifying hazards

controlling and minimising risks

eliminating hazardous substances and materials

ensuring equipment, machinery and vehicles are safe and in proper working order, including:



starting boxes

following accident and injury procedures

following safe operating procedures

scheduling identified facilities' repairs and maintenance

using correct manual handling techniques, including: