Racing and Breeding

The Racing industry in Australia is one of the largest in the world and not only covers horse racing (thoroughbred and harness) and greyhound racing it also has a diverse range of other businesses including breeding/farming and management of facilities used specifically for these activities.

Almost every occupation in the Racing industry involve a relevant industry licence and both racing and breeding are highly regulated requiring proof of proficiency, integrity, safety and experience.

What does this industry cover?

The Racing industry is not just about racing and breeding, it also includes re-training and re-homing of thoroughbreds and greyhounds. Greyhounds have proven to make great pets due to their gentle natures and thoroughbreds excel in new sport roles such as show jumping and polo, or other roles such as pleasure horses and paddock mates.

Occupations that have licencing requirements are: Trainers, Jockeys, Stablehands and Kennelhands, Float drivers, Farriers, Syndicate promoters and Rider agents.

Job hunting information

Top priority skills are Animal welfare/integrity and ethical conduct.

The Racing and Breeding industry have some extremely challenging work environments with long hours and are quite transient moving from state to state for race meets.

There remains a critical shortage of track riders, and stable staff. Track riders should have some degree of knowledge on riding and handling of horses.

Information for further research

Industry information is published by peak level associations, government and major employers.  Accessing industry association sites, including member lists, is a good way of building up an understanding of an industry.  Visiting employer websites and looking for careers or employment menus helps identify how employers recruit and the skills they are recruiting.

Employment and wage data for this industry

Apprenticeships Employment Size

This is a small industry for Australian Apprenticeship commencements. In the year to September 2022, commencements were: 351

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 11/4/2023. AATIS analysis.

Commencements Change

Commencements in the year to September 2022 in this industry have decreased, compared with the previous year.

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 11/4/2023. AATIS analysis.

Apprentice Employment Outcomes

For Australian Apprentice graduates from this industry, employment outcomes are high.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2020, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Employment Size

This is a small to medium sized industry compared with other Australian industries.

Source: National Skills Commission, 2022. AATIS analysis.

Industry Employment Change

In the next 5 years, change in employment in this industry is predicted to increase.

Source: National Skills Commission, 2022. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

The average wage of all employees in this industry is low to medium.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2022. AATIS analysis.

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