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. 140B.

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 26 September 2019   (917Kb)

 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 August 2019

  Rule Amendment - AR 170 - Weight for age weight allowances   (27Kb)


Notification for rule amendments effective 1 June 2019

  Rule Amendment - Prednisolone thresholds   (116Kb)

  Rule Amendment - Testosterone thresholds   (128Kb)

  Rule Amendment - Estranediol thresholds   (124Kb)

  Rule Amendment - AR 2 (official racing laboratory)   (131Kb)

  Rule Amendment - AR 121 Clothes Footwear and equipment   (66Kb)

  Rule Amendment - AR 184 - Weighing out & Weighing in   (83Kb)

  Rule Amendment - AR 219 Making Protests   (93Kb)

  Rule Amendment - AR 227 Breaches of Rules   (41Kb)

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