This unit of competency supports the employee in working effectively in a variety of job functions at varying qualification levels in an agri-food industry and may be revisited should or whenever the employee begins a new job role.
The unit may be used as a continuous improvement or compliance unit so that specific job requirements are addressed according to legislative and regulatory policies.
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 either the greyhound code or harness code or the thoroughbred code and statements of attainment will reflect this distinction.
This unit can be contextualised for other industries while also maintaining the integrity of the unit.
Elements and Performance Criteria
Locate major work facilities.
1. Emergency exits and first aid equipment are located.
2. Evacuation procedures are followed.
3. Work space is located and set up according to industry requirements.
Identify workplace structure and personal responsibilities.
4. Industry and workplace-specific management structures and lines of reporting are researched.
5. Personal responsibilities, rights and roles , including conditions of employment , are identified and clarified with appropriate personnel.
6. Equipment, services and products relevant to work tasks are identified.
7. Appropriate standards of dress and behaviour are complied with.
8. Job function skills gaps are identified in consultation with appropriate personnel and addressed.
Comply with industryrelated codes of conduct, legislation and regulations.
9. Workplace protocols and codes of conduct are complied with.
10. Appropriate communication channels , and reporting and documentation processes are followed.
11. Legislation or by-laws that affect conduct of the business and job responsibilities are complied with.
12. Personal role in the maintenance of a safe workplace free from discrimination or harassment is complied with.
13. Relevant avenues for reporting concerns about non-compliance with codes of conduct or regulations are described.
Comply with industryspecific OHS and environmental procedures.
14. Job-specific work practices are performed to comply with OHS guidelines, environmental processes and industry best practice.
15. Job function specific hazards are identified and risk control procedures are confirmed with appropriate personnel and implemented.
accurately locating, recording and reporting workplace information
applying relevant industry rules and regulations pertaining to rights, responsibilities and dress codes
communicating with employer, supervisor, other employees and others using assertive communication techniques to gather, interpret and relay information related to the conduct and operation of the enterprise
complying with legislation, regulations, standards, codes of practice and established safe practices and procedures relevant to own work, role and responsibilities
identifying safe and humane animal management practices
identifying safe work practices
interpreting and complying with workplace protocols
reading and interpreting workplace documentation
relating to people from a range of social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and with varying physical and mental abilities
reviewing and accurately identifying work requirements
using appropriate language and interpersonal techniques
workplace procedures for dealing with accidents, fires and emergencies
written communication skills to complete workplace documentation and reports.
awards and relevant union coverage
chain of command in relation to work environment
dress code requirements as determined by industry and workplace
environmental protection requirements
own roles and responsibilities and relationships with other industry personnel
principles of safe work practices
racing industry animal welfare requirements, if relevant
regulations related to non-discriminatory language and behaviour and the transfer of information
relevant administrative structure, at federal and own state or territory and local level, including roles and responsibilities of key personnel related to the industry
workplace communication channels, protocols and procedures.
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 workplace operations policies, procedures and practices 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 required to complete industry induction
implementation of procedures and timely techniques for the safe, effective and efficient application of industry induction requirements
working with others to undertake and complete industry induction 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 an actual workplace that provides access to the required resources. 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:
copies of relevant Acts and legislation, including Occupational Health and Safety Act, Workplace Relations Act, Anti-Discrimination Act, Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (or relevant state animal welfare legislation), federal and state awards, and relevant enterprise sexual harassment policy and guidelines
materials and equipment relevant to assessing candidate's ability to complete workplace induction
supervised access to relevant racing sector work sites
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 either on-the-job, during work experience or as a work-based project.
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, for example:
RGRCMN201A Follow OHS procedures and observe environmental work practices.
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 racing industry workplaces to complete workplace induction. Workplaces include administration buildings, kennels, stables, training and racetracks. It is necessary for this unit to be completed on-the-job, during work experience or as a work-based project.
Location of emergency exits and application of evacuation procedures may cover:
racecourses and training tracks
race club premises
stables and kennels.
Personal responsibilities, rights and roles may include:
adhering to Australian and local rules of racing
adhering to regulations and legislation related to:
anti-discrimination and harassment
equal employment opportunity
union coverage and workplace agreements
knowledge of support services, including independent bodies such as anti-discrimination authorities
maintaining confidentiality related to:
individual racehorses or greyhounds
security arrangements at place of work
timely completion of work activities
understanding benefits of team work
understanding job tasks
understanding personal ethical standards and basic integrity
work ethic required to work in the industry.
Conditions of employment will include:
Acts and regulations covering employment, including:
agreed salary and provisions for payment, deductions and increases
code of conduct
enterprise or workplace agreements or industrial awards covering employment
health and fitness requirements, including vaccinations
hours of work, including flexible, core and overtime
standards for personal behaviour, dress and grooming.
Dress and behaviour standards may include:
attire that suits the work activity
avoidance of drug and alcohol usage
complying with the rules of racing
controlling tone of voice and body language
demonstrating flexibility and willingness to work with others
using language and concepts appropriate to cultural differences
using personal protective equipment.
Following workplace protocols will include:
compliance with relevant regulations and legislation, including occupational health and safety of self, other workers and animals, and anti-discrimination
compliance with workplace operational rules and codes of conduct
knowledge of access and equity principles and practices
knowledge of and compliance with relevant rules of racing
understanding of acceptable workplace behaviour.
Communication channel collection or dissemination protocols may include:
face to face
listening and understanding
participating in work meetings
questioning to obtain information
speaking clearly and directly
visual or written
writing to audience needs.
Reporting and documentation processes may include:
organisation structure for locating, recording and reporting information
routine oral reporting requirements and processes
routine workplace meetings
written documentation requirements, including:
workplace checklists and logs.
Legislation or by-laws that affect conduct of business and job responsibilities may include:
approved codes of practice and standards
council regulations regarding housing, exercise and welfare of animals
environmental standards and regulations
national and state codes of practice, and state, territory and federal legislation and local government regulations covering animal welfare
state-specific and federal legislation, including Occupational Health and Safety Acts and regulations, and relevant state or territory authorities for example, WorkCover and WorkSafe.
Areas relevant to personal role in the maintenance of a safe workplace, free from discrimination or harassment may include:
compliance with the organisation's anti-harassment policy
lodging a complaint, internal and external to the organisation
maintaining complete confidentiality
not engaging in any act of victimisation
offering support to anyone who is being harassed and advising them where to seek help
training for offenders
OHS guidelines may include:
controlling and minimising risks
correct manual handling, including:
eliminating hazardous substances and materials
familiarity with industry-applicable safe operating procedures
identifying and reporting hazards
knowledge of accident and injury procedures and reporting requirements
safe use and operation of equipment, including:
fire safety equipment
first aid equipment
personal protective clothing and equipment
safety procedures for the protection of others.
Workplace environmental processes may include:
prevention and minimisation of waste
resource and energy efficiency
waste disposal procedures.
Potential hazards in the workplace may include:
chemicals and hazardous substances
greyhounds or horses
machinery and equipment
other people, including:
unsafe work practices.
Greyhound, harness and thoroughbred racing codes
This unit contains employability skills.
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