Jockey and Rider Licence (Thoroughbred Racing) - New South Wales


You will need this licence if you intend to ride a thoroughbred horse in a race in NSW. 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 overseas racing authority, you may be permitted to ride in NSW subject to conditions.

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.

Eligibility for apprentice riders and jockeys may vary.


Up to 1 year


30 June


Fees Details for this service in table format.

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Fees are listed on the attached document.

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Comply All Rules of Racing of Racing NSW - PDF (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Thoroughbred Racing Act 1996 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Rules of Racing New South Wales

Administering agency

Racing NSW

Contact details

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