NSWJA September 2018 Newsletter


We are pleased to advise that following submissions by the NSW Jockeys Association to Racing NSW, the following fee increases will take place from 1 September 2018

i. $211 per ride in NSW, an increase of $11.00 (increase of 5.5%)

ii. Superannuation Guarantee

In 2014 the Tax Office determined that jockeys should be receiving Superannuation of 9.5% ON TOP of your riding/trial fee

Therefore, you are now receiving $20.45 of Superannuation on every ride i.e a total benefit of $231.45 per ride.

The increase in trial fees needs to be confirmed.


The NSWJA/AJA received advice that following a NSW Court of Appeal Decision, jockeys who suffer injury during a race in NSW may not have a right to sue for damages even if the injury was caused by the negligence of another party. This does not apply to trackwork nor does it mean that workers compensation will not be paid.

This matter has progressed with Racing NSW having a “Catastrophic Insurance” in place for NSW jockeys.

This new policy should be finalised over the next few weeks, at this time the NSWJA will forward the policy details to you.


Most apprentices and many jockeys have the 20% withholding tax in place.

That is fantastic news, and it should prevent THOSE APPRENTICES & JOCKEYS from ever getting into a debt with the Tax Office.

Recently I was alerted to the fact that Racing NSW DO NOT deduct the travel component of the minimum ride allowance.

The $75 travel allowance applies to jockeys who travel more than 300km return from home/racecourse. You also need to have three rides or less, and it may be reduced if your winning % is greater than $1,000 on the day.

Therefore, should you regularly travel long distances and have three or less rides, the 20% will be deducted for your total stakes payment but NOT the $75 travel allowance.

At the end of the financial year, you may fall slightly short on total tax paid (ie less than 20%)


During the month of August the NSWJA had numerous meetings with Racing NSW following their decision to lower the minimum weight from 53kg to 51kg for Saturday metropolitan meetings only, and lower the topweight from 61kg to 60kg

The end result was:

  1. The minimum weight on Saturdays for Benchmark & Open Hcps will be 52kg, but all jockeys have the option to ride 1kg over, with permission from connections.
  2. The topweight is now 60kg – For Saturday Metro only.
  3. The ratings of benchmark races will not change at nominations for all NSW races
  4. The weights will not change at acceptances for all NSW races
  5. The minimum weight for night and twilight meetings will be 54kg The new weighting system will be trialled & analysed over the next 8 weeks and reviewed.


On Saturday 1st September, throughout Australia, we celebrated Jockeys Celebration Day. This coincided with the National Jockeys Trust luncheon at Randwick.

The meetings at Randwick, Hawkesbury, Grafton and Mendooran all had a blessing of the jockeys and the track followed by a minute’s silence. We thank those jockeys who took part in the ceremonies.

Thanks to Reverend Colin Watts for organising the chaplains.

Jockeys Celebration Day celebrates the achievements of current and former jockeys, commemorates those who have suffered life changing injuries and we remember jockeys who have lost their lives.


The NJC will be holding their annual Golf Day on Friday 7th September at Merewether Golf Club in support of the National Jockeys Trust.

The event is a four-man ambrose.
If you are interested in playing please contact either:
Tony Crisafi 0430 211 098 or Bob Whyburn 0418 474 370

The NJC are also offering $100 voucher to any non-resident Newcastle jockey who has rides on both days of their carnival and decide to stay overnight in Newcastle on the Friday.

Please contact Michael Buckley at the NJC 0478 237 722 for further details.


Simply taking the time to ask one of your mates are you OK? Can make the world of difference

Got a niggling feeling that someone you know or care about it isn’t behaving as they normally would? Perhaps they seem out of sorts? More agitated or withdrawn? Or they’re just not themselves. Trust that gut instinct and act on it.

By starting a conversation and commenting on the changes you’ve noticed, you could help that family member, friend or workmate open up.

If they say they are not ok, ask then to contact the jockeys Sports Psychologist Oliver Brecht 0406 977 290.

Alternatively, either you or the person you are concerned about should contact Tony Crisafi anytime on 0430 211 098 and he will ask Oliver to call you.

There is also a female sports psychologist available should you prefer to speak with a female.

The Sports Psychologists are available for all current and former jockeys and their families


Tony will be visiting several country tracks over the next few months in addition to attending apprentice schools.

Tuesday 25th SeptemberGrafton Races
Wednesday26th September Port Macquarie Apprentice School
Tuesday2nd OctoberNowra Races
Friday 12nd OctoberCessnock Races
Tuesday13th NovemberQuirindi Races
Wednesday14th NovemberTamworth Apprentice School
Tuesday20th NovemberDubbo Races
Wednesday21st NovemberDubbo Apprentice School

There will also be regular visits to provincial and metro tracks