Tasmania’s racing industry is a vital part of the State’s social and economic vibrancy and it is important to provide career pathways for young people wanting to work in the industry.
The Tasmanian Government’s election commitment of establishing cadet steward positions in the Office of Racing Integrity (ORI) is one way in which we are promoting careers in racing.
During their cadetships, the cadets develop skills and experience in the various roles associated with both race day activities and non-race day activities under the direction of highly qualified and experienced stewards and ORI’s Director of Racing.
Already two cadet stewards, both young women, have graduated and are now occupying permanent roles in ORI.
One cadet has been appointed to a full time contract position as a steward, while a second cadet has secured a full time racing administration role within ORI.
Additional recruiting measures have also seen the recent appointment of three further cadet stewards which will enhance the capacity of ORI.
Not only does this commitment of $550,000 over four years promote careers for young Tasmanians in racing, it also means ORI no longer needs to loan stewards from other states.
I congratulate the cadets on their work and thank the staff at ORI in welcoming and assisting these young Tasmanians as they seek to forge a rewarding career in our local racing industry.