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Licence renewals – NSW Resident Jockeys

Jockeys licences expire on the 30th June each year. Renewal application forms and medicals are sent to all NSW resident Jockeys in early May.
To renew a licence a Jockey is required to;

Complete and submit a licence renewal form
Pay the prescribed fee
Undertake an examination with a General Medical Practitioner (GP) and submit the completed examination form.
Jockeys are reminded that they must answer all questions in regard to their personal history and that special care should be taken to ensure that question 20 (on the medical) which refers to any Medicines, Drugs, Tablets or injections that they are currently taking (if any) is completed accurately.

Jockeys who are taking medication are requested to read the following notice and comply with the provisions outlined should they apply.

Notice regarding medications

Visiting Jockeys – riding in NSW from interstate
Whilst the responsibility for issuing licenses is the autonomous responsibility of the controlling body in each state and their right to approve/refuse a licence will remain, it will be a requirement for a Visiting Jockey to complete an application for a licence in NSW for separate review and decision by Racing NSW.

Racing NSW policy – Jockey/Trainer dual licence 1 June 2016
Racing NSW issues licences to Trainers or separately to Jockeys, but does not have a category allowing one to be also licensed as the other (dual licence).

Racing NSW notes that some racing jurisdictions have a category Jockey/Trainer (dual licence). Racing NSW policy when these licencees make application to race in NSW is:

- Dual licence holders visiting NSW - Jockey/Trainer - are permitted (subject to the usual licensing requirements) to start horses/operate in NSW as a Trainer, but not be licensed as a Jockey, Apprentice Jockey or Approved Rider.

Applications from Jockeys following a period of absence
Applications from former licence holders will be considered following receipt of an application form and medical history examination form. Depending on the length of absence and reason, a returning jockey may be required to attend an interview or undertake further tests (which may include a weight check or further medical examinations) at the discretion of Racing NSW. Depending on the period of time a Jockey has had away from the saddle they are also likely to be required to ride in a number of barrier trials until passed by Stewards to ride in races.

Jockeys relocating from interstate
If currently licensed in another state or territory of Australia, a Jockey who has relocated to NSW will be required to provide advice of their new contact details in writing. Racing NSW will obtain a clearance and the applicant’s full disciplinary history from the Principal Racing Authority in their home state.

If not currently licenced in another state or territory an application may be made by submitting an application form and medical history examination form. The procedures outlined above under the heading ‘Applications from Jockeys following a period of absence’ may apply.

NSW Jockeys riding interstate
It is understood that the National Jockey Licence concept (as described above) has been adopted by other Principle Racing Authorities, however some states may require additional information and NSW Riders riding interstate may be contacted by the relevant licensing section from that state.

Applications from applicants licensed in another Country
Applications from jockeys licensed overseas (whether current or former licence holders) are considered in two categories – visitor (for a short stay) or more permanent. Racing NSW has a policy that applies to Overseas Jockeys .
If you have any questions contact Racing NSW Licensing Department:
p: 02 9551 7500 | fax: 02 9551 7587 | e:

Form Links

- Application/Renewal for Jockey’s Licence
- Application/Renewal for Apprentice Jockey’s Permit to ride

- Jockey/Apprentice Medical History

- Rider’s Agent/Jockeys Agreement

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