Maternity leave scheme announced for WA jockeys
Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) yesterday announced a new maternity assistance
program to provide financial support to female jockeys during their pregnancy. At present
jockeys are not eligible to access the Federal Government’s Parental Leave provisions unless
they have a secondary source of income, due to the Australian Rules of Racing’s requirement
to cease riding from the end of the first trimester of pregnancy, meaning they do not meet the
work test requirements. However, from January 1, changes will be made to legislation, which
will accommodate situations where a pregnant person cannot continue in their normal
occupation due to safety risks incompatible with pregnancy.
This means in 2020, jockeys will become eligible for the Federal Government’s
Parental Leave provisions, from the time the child is born. RWWA’s maternity assistance program
will bridge the gap by providing financial support to jockeys from the time they are required to
cease riding until they are eligible for the Federal Government’s scheme.