Prepare track and facilities for race meetings

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to prepare track and facilities for race meetings as required by the relevant racing code. The unit includes preparing track and other race club facilities, equipment, machinery and infrastructure for a race meeting, monitoring track condition and operations during the meeting, overseeing the post-race clean-up, and scheduling required repairs and maintenance work. It requires the ability to maintain and monitor the organisation's policies, including workplace OHS standards relating to contractors, race club staff and others authorised to undertake work on racecourses. It also requires effective verbal and written communication skills to ensure adequate supervision of staff, and completion of related tasks and documentation.This unit of competency operates in workplace environments of racing administration, kennels, stables, 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 race club employees to prepare the racetrack and associated facilities for race meetings.

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



Plan for race meeting.

1. Race meeting requirements are clarified with race club personnel and stewards.

2. Pre-planning work roster with monthly, weekly and daily objectives is prepared.

3. Kennels or stables are cleaned, cameras checked for operation and area is secured according to workplace and stewards' requirements.

Prepare track for racing.

4. Race distances and track selection are verified.

5. Barriers, rails, starting boxes and jumps are checked for operation and condition and moved into position as required.

6. Track condition is verified in consultation with stewards prior to start and during race meeting and adjustments are made as required.

7. Repairs are made to track surface between races as required.

Oversee post-race meeting clean-up (pull down).

8. Track surface is checked , repairs are arranged and maintenance operations are scheduled.

9. Kennels or stables are cleaned, repaired and secured where necessary.

10. Inventory is checked for return of all race club equipment.

11. Damage to equipment or infrastructure is reported and repairs are initiated by following workplace procedures.

12. Area is checked for safety and removal of all items, equipment or contractor supplies before site is declared open for regular access.

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

anti-discrimination 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 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 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 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 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:





Unit Sector

Greyhound, harness and thoroughbred racing codes

Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills.

Licensing Information

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