Comply with the rules of racing and related protocols

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to understand the importance of, and adhere to, the rules of racing and related protocols. It requires an understanding of the effects of noncompliance on the image of racing and on licensed or registered individuals.This unit of competency operates in workplace environments of racing administration, stables, kennels, racecourses and public areas.Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements may apply to this unit. Check with your State Principal Racing Authority for current license or registration requirements.


This unit of competency supports racing industry personnel to understand and comply with the rules of racing and related protocols.

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



Demonstrate ethical practice within the context of the racing industry.

1. Size and scope of the Australian racing industry is related to the need to maintain public confidence in racing activities and operations.

2. Consequences of perception of corruption to the image of racing are discussed.

3. Ethical behaviour is practised.

Relate rules of racing and legislation to obligations of racing participants.

4. Legislation that impacts on racing is identified and related to protocols and procedures within the areas of participant's responsibility.

5. Rules of racing are related to racing activities within the areas of participant's responsibility.

6. Directions and requests from stewards and officials are complied with.

7. Rules of racing and safe operating procedures are followed in the performance of duties.

Give evidence in racing investigations and inquiries.

8. Industry records and other evidence are maintained and secured within scope of job responsibilities.

9. Incidents or non-compliant activities are reported to supervisor and/or stewards.

10. Evidence is provided to stewards and other designated personnel in racing investigations and inquiries.

11. Evidence is presented in a clear, truthful, concise, relevant and logical manner .

12. Evidence is provided to investigations and inquiries using industry guidelines for forms of address and personal presentation .

13. Cooperation is provided as requested by stewards and other officials.

Required Skills

Required skills

applying relevant industry rules and regulations pertaining to rights, responsibilities and dress codes

communicating with stewards, racing officials, licensed and registered personnel and others using assertive communication techniques to gather, interpret and relay information related to the conduct and operation of racing

interpreting and relating personal conduct to rules of racing

monitoring and evaluating own ideals and performance

organising thoughts and information in a systematic manner

reading and interpreting workplace documentation, including rules of racing

selecting and organising evidence relevant to racing incidents (verbal and written) in a logical and succinct manner

written communication skills to complete workplace documentation and reports.

Required knowledge

appeals and inquiries processes and procedures

ethical and unethical conduct in racing

own roles and responsibilities in relation to other industry personnel

personal grooming and presentation requirements

protocols and procedures for communicating with stewards, racing officials and tribunal members

range of documentation and records used in appeals and inquiries

rules of racing

regulations and legislation related to non-discriminatory language and behaviour

relevant code's administrative structure, at federal, state and local levels.

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 complying with the rules of racing and related protocols

implementation of procedures and timely techniques for the safe, effective and efficient application of compliance to the rules of racing and related protocols

working with others to undertake and complete compliance 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 comply with the rules of racing and related protocols

relevant racing industry work sites, such as administration buildings, licensed stables or kennels, training and racetracks

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).

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 comply with the rules of racing and related protocols. Workplaces include greyhound kennels, harness and thoroughbred stables as well as greyhound, harness and thoroughbred racecourses, training tracks, administration buildings and public areas.

Size and scope of the racing industry covers:

direct and indirect contribution racing makes to the economy

key industry personnel and their roles and functions, including:

club secretaries


industry administrators



race day staff

stablehands and strappers


trackwork riders or drivers


sources of income for the racing industry

structure of the racing industry, which consists of:

national and state or territory administrations

racing industry associations

national and state or territory racing industry government administration bodies

code controlling bodies

principal clubs

race clubs

three codes of racing: greyhound, harness and thoroughbred

totalisator agency boards.

Impacts of corruption may include:

loss of integrity

loss of public confidence

loss of sources of income for the racing industry.

Dimensions of ethical behaviour may include:

administrative structures

codes of conduct

corporate strategies

systems, policies and procedures.

Legislation that impacts on racing will include:

Australian and local rules of racing

legislation from local, state and federal levels of government covering:

animal welfare

anti-discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment


equal employment opportunity

industrial relations


taxation law

workers' compensation.

Rules of racing cover:

animal welfare


human and animal drug testing



local rules



race meetings


stable and kennel activities






Industry records may include:

models, actual items or equipment and/or other relevant material required when reporting incidents to supervisor or stewards.

Evidence may include:

audiovisual materials

copies of betting sheets and fluctuations

equipment and gear

expert testimony

inquiry transcripts

medications and treatments

phone records


swab materials

stewards' reports

workplace documentation.

Incidents or non-compliant activities may include:

any transgressions to agreed industry processes and areas covered by the rules of racing.

Communication skills necessary to respond in a concise, relevant and logical manner will include:

addressing appeal panel members politely

clarifying what the interview is about

presenting information in logical order

refraining from swearing, arguing or fighting

remaining patient

refraining from interrupting

speaking clearly

using language that is not patronising but at suitable level

using body language and voice in an assertive but not aggressive manner

using non-discriminatory language

using effective listening and speaking skills

verifying what has been said or done and why it has been said or done.

Important aspects of personal presentation may include:

industry dress codes

personal grooming requirements

personal presentation in the public eye

similar to standards at race meetings, for example members' area requirements.


Unit Sector

Greyhound, harness and thoroughbred racing codes

Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills.

Licensing Information

Refer to Unit Descriptor