Jockey and Rider Licence (Thoroughbred Racing) - Australian Capital Territory

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to ride a thoroughbred horse in a race in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). There are three variations of licence available:

  • Jockey: ride horses in races.
  • Apprentice jockey: learn to become a jockey with a licensed trainer.
  • Approved rider: ride horses in races at a registered picnic meeting (amateur races).

If you hold a licence to ride issued by an interstate or overseas racing authority you may be permitted to ride in the ACT subject to conditions.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for a licence you must:

  • Hold the appropriate qualifications in accordance with the Rules;
  • Not be a licensed trainer;
  • Not be licensed as a bookmaker or bookmakers clerk;
  • Hold current public liability insurance;
  • Provide any other relevant information;
  • Submit the application form and
  • Pay the required fees.

Eligibility for apprentice riders and jockeys may vary, please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.





Apprentice jockey.


Approved rider.

Administering agency

Racing NSW

Act(s) name

Racing Act 1999 (Australian Capital Territory)

Regulation(s) name

ACT Local Rules of Racing (Australian Capital Territory)

Contact details

Racing NSW

Mailing address:
Level 7, 51 Druitt St
New South Wales 2000


02 9551 7500


02 9551 7501

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