Racing Victoria (RV), with the support of the Victorian Government, will deliver 20 Respectful Workplaces training workshops to the thoroughbred industry around Victoria in February 2019.

Fully funded by Racing Victoria and the Government, the workshops are available to all participants in the racing and breeding industries free of charge.

The 60-minute sessions will be available across the state, enabling regional trainers, stable staff, office staff and track personnel, as well as people from the breeding industry, the opportunity to attend the Respectful Workplaces workshops.

The main focus of the workshops will be addressing and preventing anti-social behaviour, such as bullying and harassment, and the roles we can all play in eliminating such behaviours in the workplace.

These sessions also will focus on anti-bullying policies and strategies to improve assertive communication as well as Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) and employment rights.

Charmein Bukovec, Executive Officer of Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria, has applauded and welcomed the vital initiative.

“I think this is a wonderful opportunity and everyone from the breeding industry should get involved. There is no place for bullying or harassment in a workplace and it is time that we stood up and stamped out such behaviours.”

“It is great to see Racing Victoria and the Government coming together to launch such an initiative, not only for the racing industry but also the breeding industry. I strongly encourage anyone involved in the Victorian breeding industry to take up the offer.”

Trainers, studs, broodmare farms and all thoroughbred operations are encouraged to send their entire team of staff along to develop their knowledge in this area.

The complete list of workshop dates and locations are listed below:

Mon 4 Feb10.00amMoe
Tue 5 Feb10.00amWangaratta
Wed 6 Feb10.00amSwan Hill
Thurs 7 Feb10.00amHamilton
Fri 8 Feb10.00amMornington
Mon 11 Feb10.00amBallarat
Tue 12 Feb10.00amCranbourne
Wed 13 Feb10.00amGeelong
Thurs 14 Feb10.00amBendigo
Fri 15 Feb10.00amCaulfield
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