Animal Welfare Investigative Steward

We are seeking a motivated candidate to join our team in this key animal welfare investigations role focusing on the integrity of the harness racing industry in Victoria. Permanent and Fixed Term part-time positions available.
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Department: Harness Racing Victoria
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Regulatory, Governance and Compliance
Classification: As per advertisement
Work Location: Melbourne - Western Metro
Reference: VG/HRV/HRV/1694715
Closing Date: 14-Feb-2023
Salary Range: As per advertisement
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: 2023 01 23 Animal Welfare Investigative Steward Position Description.pdf (PDF, 158KB)

Contact: Tammy Connelly

Position Details

About us

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV), a statutory body, is responsible for the control, development and promotion of the Victorian harness racing industry.

With strong links to rural and regional communities, we are committed to developing a vibrant and sustainable industry that promotes participation, integrity and racing excellence.

Our commercial arm,, showcases highlights from the harness racing calendar and is supported by our broadcast channel TrotsVision, which encompasses both live streaming of race days and On Demand offerings.

We value all our customers, from our participants - which include trainers, drivers, breeders and owners - to our regional clubs, industry stakeholders and fans of the sport. We work closely with the other Victorian racing codes to support the ethical treatment of our animals, as well as ethical wagering.

The Opportunity

The Animal Welfare Investigative Steward will be responsible for coordinating HRV's licensing and animal welfare function to ensure compliance with the Australian Harness Racing Rules.

Working under the supervision and direction of the Manager Investigations & Compliance, responsibilities include: 

  • Assisting Veterinarians in implementing and subsequently reviewing Policies and Procedures to consider and promote the health and welfare of Standardbreds.
  • Coordinate the conduct of Standardbred welfare monitoring, inspections, and data management
  • Internal benchmarking, performance monitoring and recommendations for improved performance on identified equine health and welfare issues.
  • Assist to facilitate the conduct of Standardbred welfare research.
  • Assist to build the Standardbred racing industry's knowledge of best practice animal welfare standards.
  • Conduct investigations in relation to animal welfare matters where appropriate.

About You

Ideally, we are seeking an applicant who meets the following key criteria:

  • Experience/knowledge of animal welfare strategies and programs
  • Knowledge and experience of investigative techniques and procedures, rules of evidence relating to various legal jurisdictions and equine drug use would be highly desirable.
  • Experience in managing confidential information together with understanding of the importance to conduct themselves with integrity, professionalism, and fairness at all times. 
  • Previous 2+ years' experience in an investigatory role that requires the application of laws, Acts or law enforcement, preferably in law enforcement (or similar) industry highly desirable.
  • Passion for racing industry and animal welfare.
  • Ability to follow strict procedural guidelines
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, strong writing style and an engaging presenter
  • Strong attention to detail, time management and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated computer skills and literacy with practical understanding and application of Microsoft Office software.
  • A genuine desire to work and contribute to protecting the integrity of the racing industry is a must.

Candidates with strong animal welfare, especially equine, background and qualifications, but with limited investigations experience are encouraged to apply.    

The successful applicant will be required to successfully complete background checks in accordance with company policy.

For a confidential discussion please email

Applications close 14 February, 2023

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