How to work in racing in Australia?

  • Travel tips
  • Published on February 3, 2023


For citizens of New Zealand 🆓

If you are a New Zealand citizen, do not have tuberculosis or a criminal conviction, you can live and work in Australia without applying for a visa in advance. You must visit the New Zealand government website to find out how to travel to Australia. You may have to apply for a Special Category Visa (subclass 444).

For all other citizens ✈️

For more information about different visa options, you can use the Visa Finder or this Visa List and start your application on ImmiAccount online.

The most common visas to travel and work in the horse racing industry in Australia are the Working Holiday Visa (subclass 417) or the Work and Holiday Visa (subclass 462) which give you the right to work for 12 months for a cost of AUD510. It is possible to this visa again up to three times. Make sure to meet the eligibility criteria: people from 18 to 30 from eligible countries.


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Finding accommodation is a crucial step in relocating to Australia. Employers may offer accommodation in some cases which is a major advantage before moving to Australia. 🏠

There are various ways of finding new accommodation thanks to specialist websites. The most popular websites are:

The biggest challenge by far when you are looking for your first rental will be that you do not have any rental history in Australia. Additionally you may not have ample proof or residence (Australian Driver's Licence, Electricity Bill etc.) to meet the 100 point test.

Find more information about housing on the Australian Department of Social Services website.


Australia has a federal medical assistance plan called Medicare. All Australian employees are automatically enrolled. Please note that only permanent residents who have been in Australia for more than 2 years are eligible for Medicare.

Therefore, foreigners who do not or have not yet met this condition will not be eligible to get it as their expat health insurance in Australia. This is why an expatriate must take out insurance on his own to benefit from health coverage in Australia.

Even expats who have access to Medicare often choose private health insurance to supplement their coverage, which remains relatively limited.

Find out more about the Health requirements before arriving in Australia.


Check all you need to know before moving to Australia with Commbank (opening a bank account, taxes, healthcare services, etc.).

Thoroughbred horse racing is an important spectator sport in Australia, and gambling on horse races is a very popular pastime with bookmakers and the Totalisator Agency Board. The Melbourne Cup is the most famous Australian Thoroughbred horse race, known as "The Race That Stops The Nation", held on the Flemington Racecourse of Melbourne. It was inaugurated in 1861.

Racing in Australia is administered by the Australia Racing Board, with each state's Principal Racing Authority agreeing to abide by, and to enforce, the Australian Rules of Racing. Victoria is considered to be the home of racing in Australia, with international races like the Melbourne Cup and Cox Plate. The governing body is Racing Victoria Limited. Betting in horse racing is big with loads of different bookmakers and the Totalisator Agency Board (TAB). There are also TV Channels broadcasting horse racing on a day-to-day basis including The Racing Queensland School provides courses for both youth and adults. 🏇🏼