Racing Victoria (RV) is working closely with the Government, health authorities, medical experts and stakeholder groups to navigate the challenge that the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has presented for all Australians.

As at 17 March 2020, racing is proceeding in Victoria without crowds and with a range of protocols in place to help achieve this, whilst protecting the health and wellbeing of industry staff, participants and the wider community.

 The information provided by Racing Victoria on its website is a guide only

Whilst Racing Victoria will do its best to review and update any information as and when required to address updates from Government, you should make sure that you monitor and review the current advice and requirements of the Australian and Victorian Governments (and other States as applicable) to ensure that you are acting on the most up to date information.

In the event of any inconsistency between any information on this website and any relevant State or Federal Government requirements, you must strictly comply with the latter. Any information provided does not constitute medical advice and should not be relied on as such.
You should always consider whether any material provided by Racing Victoria is suitable to your circumstances and obtain any professional and/or medical advice you consider necessary.

Whilst Racing Victoria endeavours to provide up-to-date and accurate information, Racing Victoria does not guarantee the accuracy, reliability, currency or completeness of any material on its website or any linked site. Racing Victoria accepts no legal liability arising from or connected to any material on this website or on any linked site.

The Federal Government has released the COVIDSafe app to assist in quicker contact tracing. The ability to swiftly identify who’s had contact with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 is critical to stopping the spread of the virus now and into the future. If you want to learn more about the app, click here.

March

Media Release - Tuesday, 31 March (Field Limits)

Media Release - Monday, 30 March (RV Staff and Prizemoney announcement)

Media Release - Friday, 27 March (Horse movement protocols)

Media Release - Friday, 27 March (Kerang Easter Saturday abandoned)

Media Release - Thursday 26 March (Racing resumes Friday)

Media Release - Thursday, 26 March (Update on Warrnambool and Pakenham meetings)

Media Release - Wednesday, 25 March (Racing temporarily suspended)

Media Release - Tuesday, 24 March (Interstate travel)

Media Release - Monday, 23 March (Trials and Jump Outs)

Media Release - Monday, 23 March (Racing and training to continue)

Media Release - Sunday, 22 March (CEO Statement)

Media Release - Thursday, 19 March (Jockey isolation protocols)

Media Release - Wednesday, 18 March (Minimum weights raised)

Media Release - Monday, 16 March (Further protocols introduced)

Media Release - Friday, 13 March (Racing without crowds)

COVID-19 Protocols for Industry Participants & Service Providers
Protocols for Industry Participants & Service Providers 1 April 2020 (Revised 20 November 2020)
Jockeys

Protocols for Industry Participants & Service Providers 1 April 2020 (Revised 20 November 2020)

Friday, 13 March

An update on COVID-19 plans for Victorian Racing

Monday, 16 March

A further update on COVID-19 plans within Victoria

Friday, 20 March

Update on COVID-19 plans and new Jockey Protocols

Sunday, 22 March

A further update on COVID-19 

Monday, 23 March

Today's update on COVID-19 plans and the continuation of Victorian racing

Tuesday, 24 March

An update on COVID-19 travel restrictions for Victorian racing

Wednesday, 25 March

Temporary suspension of Victorian racing

Friday, 27 March

COVID-19 Update including Horse Movement Protocols

Monday, 30 March

An update on COVID-19 measures to reduce industry expenditure

Friday, 17 April 

COVID-19 Update - Approved Green Team Jump-Outs and Legging Up

Friday, 1 May

COVID-19 Industry Update: COVIDSafe, Spring Racing Carnival, Winter Programming

Wednesday, 13 May

COVID-19 Industry Update – Government Funding Package, Industry Biosecurity Protocols, Spring Racing Carnival

Wednesday, 10 June

COVID-19 Update - Green Team Jockeys, Spring Racing Carnival, Prizemoney

Thursday, 25 May

Update to COVID-19 protocols around field limits, arrival times and jockey weights

Tuesday, 30 June

Minimum prizemoney restored and flagship Spring races unchanged

Thursday, 2 July 

Important Industry Update on COVID-19

Thursday, 16 July

Important Industry Update on COVID-19 - Face masks, Green and Gold Team Jockey, Jockey Weights & Owner attendance

Wednesday, 22 July

COVID-19 Industry Update - Face masks

Friday, 31 July 

Important Industry Update on COVID-19

Monday, 7 September

Important Industry Update on COVID-19

Friday, 11 September 

Important Industry Update - Compulsory Work Permits and Track Riders

Monday, 21 September

COVID-19 Update - Border Residents and Jump-outs

Friday, 25 September

COVID-19 Update – Interstate Arrivals/Jockey Weights/Participant Attendance/Scoping

Friday, 13 November

COVID-19 Update - Jockey & Track Riders Protocols, Trainer & Stable Staff Protocols, Resumption of Official Trials, Owner Attendance & Updated Protocol Documents

Trainers

Protocols for Industry Participants & Service Providers 1 April 2020 (Revised 20 November 2020)

    Trainer FAQs (updated 20 November 2020)

    Friday, 13 March

    An Update on COVID-19 plans for Victorian Racing 

    Monday, 16 March

    A further update on COVID-19 plans within Victoria

    Thursday, 19 March

    Friday, 20 March

    Racing Victoria Trainers FAQs

    Sunday, 22 March

    A further update on COVID-19

    Monday, 23 March

    Today's update on COVID-19 plans and the continuation of Victorian racing

    Tuesday, 24 March

    An update on COVID-19 travel restrictions for Victorian racing

    Wednesday, 25 March

    Temporary suspension of Victorian racing

    Friday, 27 March

    COVID-19 Update including Horse Movement Protocols

    Monday, 30 March

    An update on COVID-19 measures to reduce industry expenditure

    Wednesday, 1 April

    Additional protocols and key program change owing to COVID-19

    Friday, 3 April

    COVID-19 Update – Additional raceday measures from Saturday

    Wednesday, 8 April

    COVID-19 Looking after your mental health and wellbeing

    Friday, 17 April

    Update on new COVID-19 protocols and programming enhancement

    Friday, 1 May

    COVID-19 Industry Update: COVIDSafe, Spring Racing Carnival, Winter Programming

    Wednesday, 13 May

    COVID-19 Industry Update – Government Funding Package, Industry Biosecurity Protocols, Spring Racing Carnival

    Monday, 18 May
    COVID-19 Industry Update – Jump-Outs and Travelling Companions

    Wednesday, 10 June

    COVID-19 Update - Green Team Jockeys, Jump-Outs, Spring Racing Carnival, Prizemoney

    Thursday, 25 May

    Update to COVID-19 protocols around field limits, arrival times and jockey weights

    Tuesday, 30 June

    Minimum prizemoney restored and flagship Spring races unchanged

    Thursday, 2 July 

    Important Industry Update on COVID-19

    Thursday, 16 July

    Important Industry Update on COVID-19 - Face masks, Green and Gold Team Jockey, Jockey Weights & Owner attendance

    Wednesday, 22 July

    COVID-19 Industry Update - Face masks

    Friday, 31 July 

    Important Industry Update on COVID-19

    Wednesday, 5 August

    Important Industry Update on COVID-19 - Compulsory Work Permits and COVID Safe Plans

    Monday, 7 September

    Important Industry Update on COVID-19

    Friday, 11 September 

    Important Industry Update - Compulsory Work Permits and Track Riders

    Monday, 21 September

    COVID-19 Update - Border Residents and Jump-outs

    Friday, 25 September

    COVID-19 Update – Interstate Arrivals/Jockey Weights/Participant Attendance/Scoping

    Friday, 13 November

    COVID-19 Update - Jockey & Track Riders Protocols, Trainer & Stable Staff Protocols, Resumption of Official Trials, Owner Attendance & Updated Protocol Documents

    Licensed participants

    Protocols for Industry Participants & Service Providers 1 April 2020 (Revised 20 November 2020)

      Friday, 13 March

      An update on COVID-19 plans for Victorian Racing

      Monday, 16 March

      A further update on COVID-19 plans within Victoria  

      Monday, 23 March

      Today's update on COVID-19 plans and the continuation of Victorian racing

      Tuesday, 24 March

      An update on COVID-19 travel restrictions for Victorian racing

      Wednesday, 25 March

      Temporary suspension of Victorian racing

      Friday, 27 March

      COVID-19 Update including Horse Movement Protocols

      Monday, 30 March

      An update on COVID-19 measures to reduce industry expenditure

      Wednesday, 1 April

      Additional protocols and key program change owing to COVID-19

      Wednesday, 8 April

      COVID-19 Looking after your mental health and wellbeing

      Friday, 1 May

      COVID-19 Industry Update: COVIDSafe, Spring Racing Carnival, Warrnambool Races

      Wednesday, 13 May

      COVID-19 Industry Update – Government Funding Package, Industry Biosecurity Protocols, Spring Racing Carnival

      Thursday, 25 May

      Update to COVID-19 protocols around field limits, arrival times and jockey weights

      Thursday, 2 July 

      Important Industry Update on COVID-19

      Thursday, 16 July

      Important Industry Update on COVID-19 - Face masks, Green and Gold Team Jockey, Jockey Weights & Owner attendance

      Wednesday, 22 July

      COVID-19 Industry Update - Face masks

      Friday, 31 July 

      Important Industry Update on COVID-19

      Monday, 7 September

      Important Industry Update on COVID-19

      Friday, 11 September 

      Important Industry Update - Compulsory Work Permits and Track Riders

      Monday, 21 September

      COVID-19 Update - Border Residents and Jump-outs

      Friday, 13 November

      COVID-19 Update - Jockey & Track Riders Protocols, Trainer & Stable Staff Protocols, Resumption of Official Trials, Owner Attendance & Updated Protocol Documents

      The following section provides a snapshot of the COVID-19 coronavirus, your required actions and key contact details for health authorities and Government support.
      What am required to do if one of my employees tests positive to COVID-19?

      As an employer you have an obligation to the industry and your staff to ensure that you act swiftly and appropriately if you or a staff member tests positive to COVID-19. Under Government regulations, you also have an obligation to report the matter to WorkSafe.

      For the avoidance of doubt, a number of industry participants are employers including Racing Victoria, Racing Clubs, Trainers, Jockeys and Other Service Providers.

      Following are the various documents that an employer needs to complete in these circumstances. These must be completed as soon as possible after becoming aware of the positive case – moving quickly and accurately is absolutely critical.

      EMPLOYER TO COMPLETE AND SEND TO DHHS:

      For further information on DHHS requirements visit - www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/workplace-obligations-covid-19

      EMPLOYER TO COMPLETE AND SEND TO WORKSAFE:

      For further information on WorkSafe requirements visit - www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/report-confirmed-covid-19-diagnosis

      What do I do if I have attended or spent time in a COVID hotspot?

      If you have attended or spent time in any COVID Hotspot in the past 14 days, you are not permitted to attend any Victorian racecourse or licensed premises unless and until you have completed 14 days self-isolation upon arrival in Victoria AND you have obtained permission from the Stewards (COVID Hotspot Protocol).

      COVID Hotspot means any location (including a particular local government area, region, city or venue) identified by Racing Victoria (having regard to Federal and State Government advice) from time to time as a “COVID hotspot” due to the existence of community transmission or active COVID-19 cases (or both).

      Until further notice, the entirety of South Australia is a COVID Hotspot.

      What does self-isolate mean?

      Where possible, you must self-isolate in a premises alone, and where that is not practicable, you must not reside with any person within a high risk profession (such as aged care, health care or food processing).

      Self-isolate means staying at home and only leaving home for essential services or exercise; you must not have close contact with any person other than those you are residing with. 

      Upon request from Racing Victoria, you must provide reasonable information regarding your self-isolation, including your place of residence while in Victoria and occupation details of those you live with.

      The COVID Hotspot Protocol applies to all persons entering Victoria, regardless of their place of residence.

      Will I need to obtain a negative COVID-19 test?

      In addition to the requirement to complete 14 days self-isolation (and any other requirement determined by the Stewards), Racing Victoria reserves the right to require you to obtain a negative COVID-19 test result prior to permitting you to attend a Victorian racecourse or licensed premises where you have attended or spent time in a COVID Hotspot.

      Please make sure that you monitor the Racing Victoria website here and media releases, as well as State and Federal Government websites, for the most up to date information. If you have any questions regarding this COVID Hotspot Protocol, including if you are unsure whether it applies to you, you should contact Racing Victoria to determine next steps.

      What is COVID-19?

      Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory infections. These can range from the common cold to more serious diseases.

      COVID-19 is the disease caused by a new coronavirus. It was first reported in December 2019 in Wuhan City in China.

      COVID-19 is a respiratory illness. Symptoms include fever, coughing, sore throat and shortness of breath. The virus can spread from person to person, but good hygiene can prevent infection.

      How can I help prevent the spread of coronavirus?

      Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene and keeping your distance from others when you are sick is the best defence against most viruses. You should:

      • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, before and after eating, and after going to the toilet.
      • Cover your cough and sneeze, dispose of tissues, and wash your hands.
      • If unwell, avoid contact with others (stay more than 1.5 metres from people).
      • Exercise personal responsibility for social distancing measures.
      What is social distancing?

      Social distancing is one way to help slow the spread of viruses such as COVID-19. Social distancing includes staying at home when you are unwell, avoiding large public gatherings if they’re not essential, keeping a distance of 1.5 metres between you and other people whenever possible and minimising physical contact especially with people at higher risk of developing serious symptoms, such as older people and people with existing health conditions.

      Who needs to isolate?

      All people who arrive in Australia from midnight 15 March 2020 or think may they have been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus, are required to self-isolate for 14 days.

      What does isolate in your home mean?

      If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, you must stay at home to prevent it spreading to other people. You might also be asked to stay at home if you may have been exposed to the virus.

      Staying at home means you:

      • do not go to public places such as work, school, shopping centres, childcare or university
      • ask someone to get food and other necessities for you and leave them at your front door
      • do not let visitors in — only people who usually live with you should be in your home

      You do not need to wear a mask in your home. If you need to go out to seek medical attention, wear a surgical mask (if you have one) to protect others.

      For more information, visit www.health.gov.au/covid19-resources

      What do I do if I develop symptoms?

      If you develop symptoms (fever, a cough, sore throat, tiredness or shortness of breath), particularly within 14 days of arriving in Australia, or within 14 days of last contact of a confirmed case, you should arrange to see your doctor for urgent assessment.

      You should telephone the health clinic or hospital before you arrive and tell them your travel history or that you may have been in contact with a potential case of coronavirus.

      You must remain isolated either in your home, hotel or a health care setting until public health authorities inform you it is safe for you to return to your usual activities.

      Who are considered vulnerable people?

      For your information: On Monday 30 March 2020, the Government provided strong advice that the following persons are, or are likely to be, at higher risk of serious illness if they are infected with the virus:

      • People 70 years and older
      • People 65 years and older with chronic medical conditions
      • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 50 years and older with one or more chronic medical conditions
      • People with compromised immune systems.
      This information is regularly updated and we encourage you to read the Prime Minister’s speech which can be found here.
      What are the key health contacts?
      For the latest advice, information and resources, go to www.health.gov.au

      Call the National Coronavirus Help Line on 1800 020 080. It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.

      If you have concerns about your health, speak to your doctor.
      Where do I go for information on Government support?

      Following are some of the key online information sources from the Australian and Victoria Governments for businesses and individuals seeking up-to-date information and support during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic:

      Outside of Government services, the major banks are important contact points for businesses and individuals. Following are links to COVID-19 coronavirus information pages developed online by the major banks:

      Wednesday, 1 July

      Tuesday, 23 June

      Wednesday, 17 June