Barrier Attendant

Barrier Attendants are responsible for the loading of horses into the barriers on race days. They provide vital support for the jockeys and horses in and behind the barriers. Some horses wear gear that is only worn on the way to the barriers and it must be removed by the barrier attendants prior to the race start. They must also communicate with the starter to ensure all horses are ready and able to be released for a fair start to the race each time.

Barrier Attendants must have experience in handling horses and are employed by Race Clubs. As it is a job that only involves work on race days, most barrier attendants also hold other jobs.

Barrier Attendants may also work as stablehands and move into this field when their horse handling skills become more advanced. Generally, the base qualifications will be the same but some states offer additional training on the required skill sets for Barrier Attendants.

Available Courses

RGR10208 – Certificate I in Racing (Stablehand)
RGR20108 – Certificate II in Racing (Stablehand)
RGR30208 – Certificate III in Racing (Advanced Stablehand)

Racing Queensland
T: (07) 3869 9737
Rhonda McCallum
P: 03 5723 6229
Melbourne Polytechnic
Debbie Jones
P: 03 9269 1200
Skillinvest Limited
Office Administration: 03 5381 6200
David Cookson
M: 0439 552 402
Kim Packer
M: 0418 349 269
Racing Industry Skills Centre
Vicki Moro
P: 03 5449 3590
South West TAFE
Lisa Coffey
P: 0400 519 483
New South Wales
Australian Racing and Equine Academy (RTO 90000)
P: 1800 200 724
Richmond College, Cnr Blacktown Road and Campus Drive, Richmond NSW 2753
  • AREA delivers training in a partnership agreement with RNSW
  • Smart and Skilled Training is subsidised by the NSW Government
  • ACT Training is subsidised under the ACT Government Funding Agreement
NSW Training Requirements
Online Safety Induction: All new licensees in NSW must complete the online HorseSafe Racing Industry Safety Induction.
Register at Training: To be eligible for Racing NSW's 1.5% prizemoney bonus scheme, licensees must obtain, or be in the process, of achieving a National Qualification in their vocation (Certificate II, III in Stablehand and Advanced Stablehand, Certificate III Trackrider)
Mandatory training also applies for:
Barrier Attendants (Barrier Attendant Skills Set) Flexible training options, including on-the-job delivery, are offered by the Australian Racing and Equine Academy.
Western Australia

Further information can be found on the RWWA website:

Skillinvest - 1300 308 620
Tafe Tasmania - 1300 655 307 or 6777 2634
Marion Dalco (Thoroughbreds) - 0407 434 054
South Australia
Skillinvest Limited
Office Administration: 03 5381 6200
David Cookson
M: 0439 552 402
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