As the body responsible for staging Australia’s greatest horse-racing event every year – the Melbourne Cup – Racing Victoria needs to make sure its employees are made of the right character.
Jacqui Stoney, Former People and Culture Advisor explains, “Racing Victoria employs around 350 people, which includes software developers through to vets. We’ve got betting supervisors, stewards, race-day teams, and compliance and regulatory teams to administer the rules of racing. We have to be extremely careful to make sure we’re hiring people who will uphold the Rules of Racing.
“Different roles have high levels of probity checking and pre-employment screening required. The closer they are to the action, the stricter the requirements. A lot of the individuals that work for us are not allowed to wager on racing or any other sport. Some roles can gamble, but not on the days when they’re officiating or working at the track. If anything goes wrong, we are heavily scrutinised, so we need to be very thorough.”
- Only hire people who will uphold the Rules of Racing and meet the Single Code of Practice requirements.
- Have such a thorough pre-employment screening system that it’s easier for Racing Victoria to look further afield to find the right people for specialised roles.
“Our industry is highly specialised – there’s not always a lot of people with the right experience for roles, so we often need to search globally. We can get checks turned around really quickly through companies like CVCheck. This makes it easier for us to be able to spread the net wide and then narrow down the candidates. CVCheck really helps us to have checks and balances with the pre-employment screening.
“Checks rarely come back with a red flag – maybe one in 40. But when they do, it gives us a chance to follow up and have that conversation. It’s our job to make sure we hire people who will meet our single code of practice requirements and CVCheck enables that,” Jacqui finishes.
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