Information for Stable Employees about Mandatory Track Rider Accreditation

The safety of our participants always comes first, and this is why Racing Victoria (RV) is introducing mandatory accreditation of all persons who ride trackwork in Victoria.  


Anyone who rides trackwork in Victoria will need to be accredited by registration renewal time in August 2022. 

There are three levels of accreditation – (1) Slow Work; (2) Fast Work and (3) Jump Outs. Each of the top two levels incorporates the approvals of the lower levels. For example, trackwork riders accredited at the highest level, Jump Outs, can ride Slow and Fast Work also. 

RV, the Victorian Jockeys’ Association and the Australian Trainers’ Association all support the introduction of mandatory accreditation to ensure all track work riders are ‘fit for purpose’ and have the ability to carry out their work in a safe and competent manner.

Completion of this course will provide formal recognition of your track riding skills, plus a license to ride in Victoria beyond August 2022.  

The assessment will require a workplace assessment conducted by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) assessor. This will include being observed riding work a number of times under specific conditions depending on your level of accreditation.

Trackwork riding is now a recognised course and part of the vocational education and training sector and as such a government funded and recognised course. A small fee will be charged depending on the RTO conducting the assessment.

Enrolment and assessment days will take place at your local track. The workplace assessments will not commence until early 2021, but getting yourself enrolled is the first important step.

Enrolment days with Skillinvest

If you ride trackwork at Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong or Warrnambool you will need to attend one of the below enrolment days in December:

  • Bendigo: 30th November - 3 December 2020 (8am to 12pm)
  • Ballarat: 7-10 December 2020 (8am to 12pm)
  • Geelong: 14-17 December 2020 (8am to 12pm) 
  • Warrnambool: 14-16 December 2020 (8am to 12pm)

The enrolment window each day is four hours. You will likely be there for around one hour to complete your enrolment.

If you are unable to attend on any of these days, please contact one of the Skillinvest Contact Officers listed below to discuss alternate arrangements.

There will be additional enrolment dates and venues which will be sent to you and published on the RV website in 2021. 

The Workplace Assessments will commence following enrolments on designated days in 2021 as advised by the RTO. All sessions will be conducted under strict COVID-19 government and industry biosecurity protocols.

What you will need to do to prepare for enrolment:

  1. Collect the documents you need to bring to the enrolment session
  2. Attend the enrolment session scheduled for the racecourse you normally ride at
  3. Once enrolled you will be advised of your assessment day at the track you normally ride at
  4. Complete any required learning or knowledge assessments

What you need to bring:

Your enrolment will be processed quickly if you bring the required information with you. If you are unsure, contacts from Skillinvest are listed at the bottom of this email to assist you.

                
1. Evidence of results of previously completed training

This will be in the form of a Certificate or Statement of Attainment issued by an accredited training provider.  As a minimum, you should have a certificate for the two stablehand mandatory units:

  • BSBWHS201 - Contribute to the health and safety of self and others
  • RGRPSH201 - Handle racehorse in stables and at trackwork

2. Documents that prove your identity (at least one of the following)

a. Medicare card;
b. Australian drivers’ licence;
c. Australian passport;
d. Australian birth certificate;
e. Australian citizenship document;
f. Australian entry visa (with non-Australian passport); or
g. Immicard

3. Proof of age for participants under the age of 20 as at 1/1/2020 (at least one of the following)

a. Learners permit;
b. Keycard;
c. Proof of age card; or
d. Australian drivers’ licence

4. USI number

If you have previously enrolled to complete training with an RTO, for example your mandatory Stable Employee units, then you will have a USI number. You will need this number to enrol in the trackwork rider courses. If you do not know your USI number you can find it here: usi.gov.au/find-my-usi. This will speed up the enrolment process, otherwise you will be assisted to obtain this on the day which will take time.

5. Concession Card (if appropriate)

a. Health care card
b. Pension card
c. Veterans gold card

6. Payment

Fees payable to Skillinvest at the time of enrolment (in 2020) is $20, or $4 for concession card holders. Payment can be facilitated by:

a. Eftpos on the day
b. Invoice to be sent to participant 
c. EFT transfer to Skillinvest bank account

Need more information?

If you need help preparing for your enrolment, call Ian Westhead ian.westhead@skillinvest.com.au 0418528254 or David Cookson david.cookson@skillinvest.com.au 0439552402 from Skillinvest.

If you have any questions about the trackwork rider accreditation, please contact RV's Workforce Capability Manager, Lisa Hocking at l.hocking@racingvictoria.net.au.