A reminder to all racing participants

Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) would like to thank the WA racing industry for its cooperation and compliance with the strict bio-security measures currently in place across the State’s racetracks and training centres.

It is vital for the continuation of racing that we do not become complacent, but remain focused on mitigating risk in the months to come, in order to keep WA’s 24,000 racing participants and 13,000 racing animals in work.

While the majority of essential workers attending racecourses are accustomed to the new norms, RWWA urges all racing participants – whether attending racecourses or trainer’s private properties – to remain vigilant in complying with social distancing and hygiene protocols, including:

  • Essential Persons: Only those essential to the running of racing will be granted access to racecourses at all times, including race meetings, trials and trackwork.
  • Identification for Essential Persons: All licenced participants identified as essential persons must have their RWWA licence card with them at all times when attending race meetings, trials and trackwork.
  • Social Distancing: Everyone must stay 1.5 metres away from other people at all times, including at racecourses, RWWA’s training facilities and trainer’s private properties.
  • Good Hygiene Practices: This includes, but is not limited to, covering coughs and sneezes with elbow or a tissue, washing hands often, and cleaning and disinfecting frequently used surfaces and equipment.
  • Jockey Segregation: RWWA has identified a group of jockeys referred to as the ‘Blue Team’, who have volunteered to ride at only specific venues, and are segregated from all other jockeys at racecourses. This means that in the event a jockey becomes impacted directly or indirectly, not all jockeys will be required to isolate.
  • Race Day Practices: A number of race day practices have been adjusted to ensure social distancing, including access to restricted areas, boxing of greyhounds and the gearing up of horses. It is important that any instructions given by the RWWA Stewards or the Compliance Support Officers are adhered to at all times.

To view the complete list of bio-security measures in place, click here.

General Manager Racing Charlotte Mills said she was grateful for the industry’s commitment to adapt to the temporary changes to the way racing is conducted in the State.

“No doubt we have disrupted our industry’s normal way of working, however I am encouraged by our participants’ determination to do whatever is required to ensure the continuation of racing in WA,” Ms Mills said.

“It is a privilege for us to continue racing during this challenging time, so it is vital that we don’t let our guard down, but remain vigilant in complying with the regulations in place to ensure we can keep our industry going.”

For up-to-date information regarding bio-security measures for the WA racing industry in response to COVID-19, please visit the RWWA website, and listen in to TABradio at 7.50am daily.

JobKeeper and JobSeeker Payments

The Government has recently announced the JobKeeper Payment, which is a temporary scheme open to businesses impacted by the coronavirus, including not-for-profits, sole traders and self-employed people. This means that businesses within the industry, including race clubs and trainers, as well as self-employed participants such as jockeys and drivers, may be eligible if they are/or become impacted by COVID-19. Eligible employers will be paid $1,500 per fortnight per eligible employee for up to six months.

Businesses who have an aggregated turnover of less than $1 billion will be eligible for the subsidy if, at the time of applying, they estimate their turnover has fallen by more than 30% or more

Further information on the JobKeeper scheme can be found here.

Individual industry participants who have been/or become impacted by COVID-19 and are unemployed may be eligible for financial help through the JobSeeker payment. Further information on the JobSeeker payment can be found here.