Queensland Community Racing Scheme
As a result of a Queensland Government initiative, Racing
Queensland (RQ) funds race meetings under the Queensland
Community Racing Scheme (QCRS).
The scheme allows race clubs to access up to $5000 per raceday
for the conduct of race meetings and provides that up to $2000 per
race be distributed as prizemoney.
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Approved Rider Application
QUEENSLAND COMMUNITY RACING SCHEME
In July 2001, the Queensland Government established the
Queensland Events Regional Development Program (QERDP) as part of
its election commitment to ensure that regional Queensland was not
quarantined from the economic and social benefits that events can
generate. This program, administered by Racing
Queensland (RQ), aims to utilise targeted investment in
significant regional events as a means of:
• Increasing local economic activity and development
• Enhancing the appeal of destinations in which events are held;
• Enhancing the visitor experience
Under the program, numerous events throughout the state have
received support. These special celebrations showcase regional
Queensland through events as diverse as the Australian Gospel Music
Festival in Toowoomba, the International Mining Challenge in Mt
Isa, the Isisford Fishing Competition and Festival, and the
Drover's Camp Festival at Camooweal.
The Queensland Community Racing Scheme (QCRS) builds on that
success and extends the QERDP to specifically include
non-professional, thoroughbred race meetings held throughout the
state. These race meetings have long been significant events on the
local community calendar and act as a catalyst for a range of other
community, social and cultural activities.
The QCRS recognises the important role that community racing
events have played in the development of the social and economic
fabric of regional Queensland. An important element of the QERDP is
that events are supported under the program in partnership with the
local community. The program aims to assist local and regional
communities to grow and develop their events. Therefore, those
events that are successful in receiving support under the program
are those that best demonstrate the potential for ongoing growth
through strong, tangible community support.
The concept of partnering with the local community also flows
through to the QCRS. The assessment of applications will be made by
RQ. In considering these ecommendations, RQ will attach
particular priority to those applications which best demonstrate
the potential to deliver significant community benefits.
2.0 Eligibility Criteria
2.1 The scheme is open to any non-TAB club (registered with RQ).
The Scheme will give priority to non-TAB clubs allocated two or
less race dates in the current season, with particular emphasis on
those clubs not allocated race dates.
2.2 Eligible clubs will be able to apply for a grant from the
Scheme of up to $5,000 for the conduct of the race day and other
associated activities. To qualify, clubs must provide a minimum of
$2,500 cash for each race day covered by the application. This may
be provided through club funds or provided through other sources
such as sponsorship.
2.3 Any club applying for funding under the Scheme cannot also
apply for funding under the Queensland Events Regional Development
Program for grant funding for the same race event or associated
2.4 Prize money for race days funded under the Scheme must not
exceed $2,000 per race to a maximum of five races.
2.5 The programming of races for these meetings will be
restricted to Maiden, Letter Class and Trophy races.
2.6 A minimum weight scale of 65kgs will apply to these race
2.7 Approved amateur riders may participate at these race
2.8 Race days funded under the QCRS will be conducted under the
Australian Rules of Racing.
2.9 To ensure safety, the racecourse where a QCRS funded race
day may be conducted must be maintained to a suitable standard and
approved by RQ.
2.10 RQ may, at its sole discretion, vary the eligibility
criteria in relation to the specific race conditions for meetings
conducted under this Scheme.
3.0 Application Process
3.1 The application form is to be fully completed and signed by
the Club Secretary. The completed application, and any supporting
documentation, should be forwarded to the Queensland Community
RacingScheme c/- Racing Queensland, PO Box 63, Sandgate Qld
3.2 Applications must include evidence confirming the $2,500
cash sponsorship arrangements. The completed application must be
received no later than three (3) months prior to the proposed race
3.3 Evidence of sponsorship must be provided with the
application. For example:
• letter from sponsor;
• letter from local council; and/or
• letter from other external funding source
3.4 A separate application form must be completed for each race
day sought. (Forms may be photocopied)
3.5 Endorsed applications and accompanying documentation will
then be forwarded for consideration by RQ.
3.6 Once approved RQ will advise race clubs in writing to:
• confirm their race date/s and approved funding amount/s;
• (b) advise any terms and conditions regarding the allocation of
the race date and funding under the Scheme.
3.7 Those clubs allocated a race date and funding under the
Scheme must forward payment covering the total prize-money for the
race day to Racing Queensland at least one month prior to the race
3.8 The Club Secretary will be required to fully acquit the
grant under the Scheme as part of the race day report provided to
RQ prior to funding being forwarded to the club.
3.9 Failure to acquit the grant will render the Club ineligible
for further consideration under the Scheme until such time as the
initial grant has been fully acquitted.
3.10 In applying under the Scheme, the race club acknowledges
that RQ reserves the right to audit the accounts of the clubs with
respect to the expenditure and application of funds received under
4.1 RQ will provide integrity services at no cost.
4.2 Race meetings approved for funding under the Scheme will be
conducted under the Australian Rules of Racing, as industry
participants will be permitted to move in and out of the Queensland
Community Racing system. Race meetings/venues registered under the
Australian Rules of Racing are included in the insurance
arrangements with RQ.
4.3 The RQ, Non-Tab Thoroughbred Racing Services Manager may
utilise discretion to relax the standard racing policy benchmark
conditions to permit a meeting to proceed.
4.4 Race meetings may be conducted in conjunction with other
equine events e.g. camp draft, rodeo, endurance etc.
4.5 Clubs may provide race day stewards, who reach the standard
set by RQ. All enquiries regarding the Scheme should initially be
The RQ Non-Tab Thoroughbred Racing Services Manager Telephone:
(07) 4928 5498
Additional copies of the application form may be obtained by
contacting the above.
Application forms are also available online here (Forms may