Participate in greyhound inquiries and appeals

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to identify relevant rules of racing, participate in inquiries and appeals, understand procedures, recognise rights and responsibilities, seek advice and provide clear and accurate information.It is recommended that RGRCMN001A Comply with the rules of racing and related protocols be delivered in conjunction with or before this unit of competency.This unit of competency operates in work environments of racing 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 greyhound racing industry participants to prepare for and participate in inquiries and appeals.

This unit can be contextualised for other industries while also maintaining the integrity of the unit.

Elements and Performance Criteria



Prepare for inquiries.

1. Nature of inquiry is known and understood.

2. Relevant rules of racing are identified.

3. Inquiry participants are confirmed.

Participate in inquiries.

4. Rights, responsibilities and procedures are understood and observed.

5. Nature of the charge and plea options are verified.

6. Clear and accurate information is provided in inquiries.

Prepare for appeals.

7. Advice is sought prior to lodging appeal.

8. Relevant rules of racing are identified.

9. Appealis lodged according to rules of racing.

Participate in appeals.

10. Rights, responsibilities and procedures are understood and observed.

11. Appellant's personal presentation and methods of address to participants in appeal are appropriate.

12. Written statements and documents are relevant and legible.

13. Verbal evidence and statements are succinct and relevant to the appeal.

Required Skills

Required skills

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

communicating with stewards, officials, co-workers and others using assertive communication techniques to gather, interpret and relay information related to inquiries and appeals

completing duties in accordance with safe operating procedures and nominated time frame

gathering evidence relevant to racing or other incidents covered by the rules of racing

identifying rights, responsibilities and procedures of inquiries and appeals

identifying inquiry and appeal participants

interpreting and relating personal conduct to rules of racing

lodging an appeal

presenting information

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

seeking advice

understanding nature of inquiry

verifying nature of the charge and plea options

written communication skills to complete workplace documentation and reports.

Required knowledge

communication procedures within kennel and wider racing industry

personal grooming and presentation requirements

processes and procedures for inquiries and appeals

protocols and procedures for communicating with stewards and appeal panel members

range of documentation and records used in inquiries and appeals

relevant rules of racing.

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 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 participating in inquiries and appeals

demonstrated appropriate use of language, terms of address and personal presentation

implementation of procedures and timely techniques for the safe, effective and efficient participation in inquiries and appeals

working with others to undertake and complete tasks related to managing participation in inquiries and appeals that meet required outcomes.

Evidence should be collected over a period of time and be focused on participating in greyhound training and racing. Assessment in a simulated situation may occur but must be related to racing industry conditions and context.

Context of and specific resources for assessment

Competency must be assessed in a racing workplace or simulated environment 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:

materials and equipment relevant to assessing candidate's ability to effectively participate in inquiries and appeals

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.

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:

RGRCMN001A Comply with the rules of racing and related protocols.

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 participate in inquiries and appeals. Workplaces include greyhound kennels and racecourses, training tracks and public areas.

Nature of inquiry may include:

any matter concerning greyhound racing, for example:

greyhound fails to pursue lure with due commitment

any matter or conduct that is or may be detrimental to best interests of greyhound racing

any matter that involves or may involve a breach of the rules of racing

conduct of any registered person in connection with a greyhound or any official.

Rules of racing will include:

animal welfare

Australian and local greyhound racing rules







race meetings



Participants may include:

greyhound attendants





other persons nominated by stewards.

Rights, responsibilities and procedures may include:

appeal against stewards' decision

appeal against board members' rights and obligations under the rules of racing when conducting an appeal

gathering relevant evidence

legal parameters within the rules of racing

right to natural justice or procedural fairness during the conduct of inquiries and appeals

responsibilities of handler, trainer and owner

stewards' rights and obligations under the rules of racing when conducting an inquiry

time frames:

hearing by stewards between races at the time of the race meeting

notification of inquiry at time of incident with hearing conducted at a later date

number of days allowed to lodge a notice of appeal in writing

number of days allowed to begin appeal procedures.

Clear and accurate information may include:

clarifying what the inquiry is about

presenting clear and accurate information in a logical order

relating evidence with reference to relevant rules and regulations

speaking clearly

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.

Advice prior to lodging an appeal may include:

appeals process and procedures

legal advice

level of penalty or suspension duration

lodgement of notice of appeal and fees

subject matter of appeals against stewards' decision and penalty and associated rules of racing

time frame of appeal related to statutory requirement.

Personal presentation may include:

industry dress codes

personal grooming requirements

personal cleanliness and condition of clothing appropriate for a formal meeting.

Methods of address may include:

addressing appeal panel members politely

refraining from swearing, arguing or fighting

refraining from interrupting

remaining patient

using assertive but not aggressive body language and voice

using language that is not patronising but at a suitable level.


Unit Sector

Greyhound racing code

Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills.

Licensing Information

Refer to Unit Descriptor