Dog or Horse Racing Officials coordinate and direct horse or dog racing activities, and liaise with other officials to interpret and enforce racing rules and regulations.

Also known as: Race Steward.

Specialisations: Handicapper (Racing).

You can work as a Dog or Horse Racing Official without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Dog and Horse Racing Officials often complete a certificate III or IV.

Tasks

  • Officiates at sporting events to enforce rules.
  • Co-ordinates and directs sporting activities, and liaises with other officials to interpret and enforce rules and regulations relating to sport.

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  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Dog and Horse Racing Officials

  • 570 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 64% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 46 hours Average full-time
  • 45 years Average age
  • 25% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Dog and Horse Racing Officials (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 530 in 2011 to 570 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Dog and Horse Racing Officials work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Arts and Recreation Services; Other Services; and Public Administration and Safety.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (64%, similar to the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 46 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 45 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 25% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Arts and Recreation Services86.2
Other Services3.7
Public Administration and Safety3.4
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing3.2
Other Industries3.5

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateDog and Horse Racing OfficialsAll Jobs Average
NSW30.631.6
VIC30.625.6
QLD14.120.0
SA6.67.0
WA10.610.8
TAS5.62.0
NT1.41.0
ACT0.51.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketDog and Horse Racing OfficialsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.6-5.05.0
20-248.8-9.39.3
25-3419.4-22.922.9
35-4419.5-22.022.0
45-5419.5-21.621.6
55-5911.6-9.09.0
60-645.8-6.06.0
65 and Over13.7-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationDog and Horse Racing OfficialsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.3-10.110.1
Bachelor degree15.9-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma9.3-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV20.3-21.121.1
Year 1231.0-18.118.1
Year 113.7-4.84.8
Year 10 and below17.4-12.512.5

You can work as a Dog or Horse Racing Official without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Dog and Horse Racing Officials often complete a certificate III or IV.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • national police check

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Employers look for Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials who are reliable, caring, compassionate and empathetic, with the ability to provide good customer service.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Education and Training

    54% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  2. Psychology

    48% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  3. Customer and Personal Service

    46% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. English Language

    45% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  5. Administration and Management

    40% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 27-2023.00 - Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials.

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  1. Freedom to Make Decisions

    94% Important

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  2. Being Exact or Accurate

    87% Important

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  3. Face-to-Face Discussions

    85% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  4. Contact With Others

    83% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

  5. Spend Time Standing

    82% Important

    How much time do you spend standing?

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 27-2023.00 - Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials.

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