Achieve requirements for industry induction

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to begin work in the racing industry and to achieve an understanding of legislative and regulatory standards, and industry practices and protocols. The unit involves competencies related to roles, rights, responsibilities and professional behaviour for individuals working in occupations in a commercial racing enterprise. It requires knowledge of relevant workplace policies, including federal, state and industry-specific OHS requirements, animal welfare legislation (if applicable) and personal presentation standards.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 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.

Required Skills

Required skills

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.

Required knowledge

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.

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 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).

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 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:

administration buildings

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:

animal welfare

anti-discrimination and harassment


equal employment opportunity


superannuation awards

taxation law

union coverage and workplace agreements

workers' compensation

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:

Workers' Compensation

Industrial Relations

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

leave entitlements

meal breaks

shift work

superannuation entitlements

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

group interaction

listening and understanding

oral reporting

participating in work meetings

questioning to obtain information

reading independently

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:

personnel information


rostering availability


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

counselling services


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

vicarious liability.

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 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:




physical environment

unsafe work practices.


Unit Sector

Greyhound, harness and thoroughbred racing codes

Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills.

Licensing Information

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