Unit of competency details

RGRCMN001A - Comply with the rules of racing and related protocols (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by RGRCMN203 - Comply with racing industry ethics and integrityUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages. Changes to elements and performance criteria for clarity. 17/Dec/2017
Is superseded by RGRPSG207 - Demonstrate greyhound racing industry integrity and ethical practiceContent used to create greyhound specific unit 17/Dec/2017

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 24/Sep/2008

Qualifications that include this unit

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RGR20308 - Certificate II in Racing Services (Racing Administration)Certificate II in Racing Services (Racing Administration)1-3 
RGR20213 - Certificate II in Racing (Greyhound)Certificate II in Racing (Greyhound)
RGR40508 - Certificate IV in Racing Services (Racing Administration)Certificate IV in Racing Services (Racing Administration)1-3 
RGR30308 - Certificate III in Racing Services (Racing Administration)Certificate III in Racing Services (Racing Administration)1-3 
RGR40708 - Certificate IV in Racing Services (Track Maintenance)Certificate IV in Racing Services (Track Maintenance)1-2 
RGR50208 - Diploma of Racing Services (Racing Administration)Diploma of Racing Services (Racing Administration)1-3 
RGR40108 - Certificate IV in Racing (Racehorse Trainer)Certificate IV in Racing (Racehorse Trainer)1-3 
RGR30408 - Certificate III in Racing Services (Cadet Steward)Certificate III in Racing Services (Cadet Steward)1-3 
RGR30208 - Certificate III in Racing (Advanced Stablehand)Certificate III in Racing (Advanced Stablehand)1-2 
RGR40308 - Certificate IV in Racing (Harness Race Driver)Certificate IV in Racing (Harness Race Driver)1-2 
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Skill sets that include this unit

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RGRSS00014 - Racing Biological Security Officer Skill SetRacing Biological Security Officer Skill Set
RGRSS00003 - Greyhound Race Club Kennel Attendant Skill SetGreyhound Race Club Kennel Attendant Skill Set
RGRSS00008 - Harness or Thoroughbred Clerk of Course Skill SetHarness or Thoroughbred Clerk of Course Skill Set
RGRSS00007 - Harness Mobile Start Driver Skill SetHarness Mobile Start Driver Skill Set
RGRSS00001 - Greyhound Clerk of Scales Skill SetGreyhound Clerk of Scales Skill Set
RGRSS00018 - Racing Photo Finish Operator Skill SetRacing Photo Finish Operator Skill Set
RGRSS00020 - Racing Timekeeper Skill SetRacing Timekeeper Skill Set
RGRSS00002 - Greyhound Lure Driver Skill SetGreyhound Lure Driver Skill Set
RGRSS00012 - Harness Trackwork Driver Skill SetHarness Trackwork Driver Skill Set
RGRSS00010 - Harness or Thoroughbred Training Operations Skill SetHarness or Thoroughbred Training Operations Skill Set
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080319 Hospitality Management  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080319 Hospitality Management  24/Sep/2008 
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Modification History

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Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

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.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

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.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Refer to Unit Descriptor


Prerequisite units 

Employability Skills Information

Employability skills 

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge section and the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

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 and Knowledge


This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

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 Guide


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
  • drivers
  • industry administrators
  • jockeys
  • kennelhands
  • race day staff
  • stablehands and strappers
  • stewards
  • trackwork riders or drivers
  • trainers
  • 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
  • environment
  • equal employment opportunity
  • industrial relations
  • OHS
  • taxation law
  • workers' compensation.

Rules of racing  cover:

  • animal welfare
  • constitutional
  • human and animal drug testing
  • interpretation
  • licensing
  • local rules
  • offences
  • penalties
  • race meetings
  • registration
  • stable and kennel activities
  • stewards
  • syndicates
  • trackwork
  • veterinary
  • wagering.

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
  • recordings
  • 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(s)

Unit Sector 

Greyhound, harness and thoroughbred racing codes

Co-requisite units

Co-requisite units 

Functional Area

Functional Area 

Racing common