Becoming a Jockey can be a tough but rewarding career in a highly competitive sporting industry.  Jockeys are licensed and employed by their Principal Racing Authority (PRA) where they must follow strict integrity guidelines. The relevant PRA executes riding fee payments - and may contribution towards their travel costs to and from the races when jockeys are in short supply. When they are in their apprenticeship, a jockey will be indentured to a particular trainer, as a senior rider they become free agents. Jockeys will be required to work in both country and metropolitan areas and ride at race meets in all areas to gain experience. There are opportunities for Jockeys to also ride in other countries such as New Zealand, Hong Kong, France, Singapore, Dubai and the United Kingdom. Apprentices must be at least 15 years of age and be a lightly framed individuals to ensure they can make the riding weights required.


Contact details can be as follows –
Racing Queensland
(07) 3869 9737

New South Wales


Team Thoroughbred NSW Training Academy (RTO 45565)

P: 1800 200 724

  • Smart and Skilled Training is subsidised by the NSW Government

NSW Training Requirements

 Online Safety Induction: All new licensees in NSW must complete the online HorseSafe Racing Industry Safety Induction.

Register at

Mandatory Training: Completion of RGR30518 Certificate III in Racing (Trackrider) is a pre-requisite.

NSW Available Courses

RGR40221 – Certificate III in Racing (Jockey)


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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