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 Register of National Approved Gear.

Register of Nationally Approved Gear

  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:

Notification for rule amendment effective 1 January 2020

  Rule Amendment - AR 87 (Intra-articular injections)   (115Kb)

  Rule Amendment - AR 143 (Apprentice winning rides book)   (141Kb)

  Rule Amendment - AR 2 (Dictionary - qualified veterinary surgeon)   (153Kb)

  Rule Amendment - AR 257A (Blood doping)   (111Kb)

  Rule Amendment - AR 231 (Endoscopy of the respiratory tract)   (104Kb)

  Rule Amendment - AR 270A (Breach of suspension restrictions)   (109Kb)

  Rule Amendment - AR 86 (Shockwave therapy)   (111Kb)

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