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Paid Parental Leave


Great news !

As you know, the AJA has been campaigning for access to the government’s paid parental leave scheme for jockeys.

At the moment we miss out. Because the rules of racing mean we have to stop riding at three months pregnant, we can’t meet the eligibility requirements to access the scheme of six months’ pay at the minimum wage.

We all know that money would make a big difference to surviving financially with a baby.

Jockeys mourn Desiree Gill

The Australian Jockeys Association is in mourning following the tragic death of Queensland Jockey, Desiree Gill, as a result of a race fall at the Sunshine Coast race track on Saturday evening.

The AJA expresses its sincere condolences to Desiree’s husband, Barry, and her family.

Jockey's backside auctioned trackside for charity

2013 Victorian Derby winner and Melbourne Cup Jockey, Hugh Bowman, has donated a unique piece of horseracing memorabilia – his breeches -  for auction at Doomben on Melbourne Cup Day, with all of the proceeds going to charity.

Bowman saddled up in support of Synapse to become an Ambassador for the charity and a cause he describes as “extremely worthwhile”.

Evaluation of Synthetic Tracks

The Australian Jockeys’ Association [AJA] has undertaken an evaluation of Synthetic Tracks. This evaluation was undertaken by the AJA’s OH & S Officer, Mr. Kevin Ring, who is also the General Manager of the Tasmanian Jockeys Association. 


The Australian jockey community is in mourning following the tragic death of jockey Simone Montgomerie following a fall at the Darwin Cup race meeting yesterday.

The Australian Jockeys' Association has entered a three-year sponosrship with LUCRF Super

The Australian Jockeys Association has entered a three-year partnership with LUCRF Super which will begin on 1st August 2013.

From that date, all riders across Australia will wear jockey breeches displaying the LUCRF logo with all funds from the partnership going to the National Jockeys’ Trust to be directed towards jockeys who are struggling financially, or who are in poor health.

Hugh Bowman is Jockey Ambassador for Acquired Brain Injury group Synapse

Top jockey, Hugh Bowman, has been appointed an Ambassador for Synapse, an organization that strives to be the peak disability organisation providing specialist services to those living with Acquired Brain Injury or behaviours that challenge our understanding. Synapse is honored to have the backing of this Champion Jockey. You can read more about the work of Synapse at .

Off the Rails special on Kristy Banks’ backyard renovation airs tomorrow

The ‘backyard blitz’ style transformation of former jockey Kristy Banks’ property
goes to air on Sky Racing World (channel 521 on FOXTEL) tomorrow night.

Sky Racing joined forces with the Brisbane Racing Club to support the former
Queensland jockey who suffered a race fall at Toowoomba in December 2011, with
her injuries rendering her a paraplegic. The popular thoroughbred racing program,
Off the Rails will present the one-off Kristy Banks special on Sky Racing World at
8pm tomorrow night.

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