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Chairman of Stewards - position vacant

04:41 PM 19 Mar 2014 NZDT
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Harness Racing SA Limited (HRSA) is the Principal Racing Authority under the Rules of Racing and is licensed to administer and regulate harness racing within South Australia.  Due to the present appointee returning to New Zealand to accept a position, HRSA invites applications from suitably qualified persons for the position of Chairman of Stewards.



The successful applicant will report to the Chief Executive Officer and the HRSA Board and be responsible for the management and operation of the Stewards’ Department so as to ensure that harness racing in South Australia is conducted efficiently, safely and with the highest level of integrity.

Key responsibilities:

  • Provide  authoritative  policy  advice  and  recommendations  to  the  Board  and  the  CEO  on harness racing as required and manage the implementation of policy decisions;
  • Administer and regulate harness racing in South Australia in accordance with the Rules of Racing, relevant legislation and directions from the Board or Management;
  • Manage the supervision and control of all harness race meetings and official trials conducted within South Australia, including the development and management of sampling strategies;
  • Manage or conduct investigations or inquiries into breaches of the Rules of Racing;
  • Manage and conduct investigations and non-race day inquiries;
  • Manage, prepare and conduct defence proceedings before the Appeals Tribunal;
  • Manage staff and the day to day operation of the Stewards’ Department;
  • Prepare and manage the Departmental budget and report on variances as required;
  • Manage the provision of specialist advice and recommendations to the Board in regard to license applications or renewals;
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with industry associations, race clubs, officials, industry participants and other bodies, including government, and represent HRSA as required.

The position will require work outside of normal business hours, including weekends and public holidays and significant intrastate and some interstate travel.


Key skills, experience and qualifications:

It is proposed the successful applicant will demonstrate the following skills and qualifications –


  • A previous appointment at least at Deputy Chairman of Stewards level or as a Senior Steward in the racing industry, with a comprehensive knowledge of the Rules of Racing.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain the highest levels of integrity and confidentiality.
  • An advanced ability to conduct investigations, analyse data and to draw appropriate conclusions.
  • An excellent understanding of the principles of natural justice and procedural fairness and their application to the harness racing industry.
  • An ability to prepare and conduct proceedings before the Appeals Tribunal.
  • Well developed time management, self-management and organisational skills.
  • A demonstrated ability to work autonomously, to undertake duties unsupervised and prepare reports within tight timeframes, with a high degree of accuracy.
  • An   ability   to   coach,   mentor   and   counsel   Stewards   and   generally   progress   Stewards’ development.
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to consult, motivate and resolve conflict.
  • A  high  level  of  computer  literacy  with  particular  regard  to  MS  Office  (specifically  Excel)  and Word.
  • Proven  high  levels  of  flexibility  and  adaptability,  including  the  ability  to  deal  with  pressure, ambiguity and change.


The successful applicant will hold, or has the ability to obtain a current South Australian driver’s licence


It is envisaged the successful applicant will be provided an attractive remuneration package, commensurate to their relevant experience. A fully serviced vehicle is also provided.


All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence and emailed to Telephone enquiries are welcome by contacting the Office of the HRSA CEO on 8285 0725. 


Applications will be received until 5.00 pm Friday, 18 April 2014

Courtesy of Harness Racing Australia

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