Rules and Policies

​Approved Gear Listing

One of the strengths of Australian thoroughbred horse racing is that owners, trainers and riders are able to travel between States and Territories in the knowledge that the conditions of racing are the same as in their own States or Territories. The establishment of national rules and practices achieves this. One such policy practice is that the Australian Chairman of Stewards are constantly reaching agreement on a uniform approach to gear that is permitted under AR. 206.

The various gear approved for use in Australia and the conditions associated with their use, are detailed in the National Equipment Register.


National Equipment Register

  Amendment to New Helmet Standard   (203Kb)

  Reminder of banning of Tipperary Vests   (132Kb)

Local Rules of Racing

  Thoroughbred - Local Rules effective 19 December 2019   (946Kb)

 Track Safety Limits

  Tasmanian Track Safety Limits   (106Kb)



  Barrier Certificate   (97Kb)

  Equissage Raceday Policy   (208Kb)

  Raceday Plating   (328Kb)


Australian Rules of Racing

The Australian Rules of Racing are available from Racing Australia:

Australian Thoroughbred Rules of Racing

Participants should be aware that a re-write version of the Australian Rules of Racing came into effect on 1 March 2019.  Full details can be found on the Racing Australia website.


Racing A​​ustralia Notices:

  Notice to trainers re screening limits effective 1.4.20   (290Kb)


Notification for rule amendment effective 1 April 2020

  Rule Amendment - AR 51 and AR 78 (Retirement of 13 year old horses)   (74Kb)

  Rule Amendment - AR 123 (Safety Vests)   (75Kb)

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