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Rich with history, steeped in tradition and poised for the future - is an apt description of country racing in Queensland.


Country racing is conducted across the length and breadth of Queensland from the south of the State at Texas; the north at Laura, the east at Gympie to the extreme west of the State at Camooweal and iconic Birdsville.


Queensland has over 100 country race clubs that conduct over 270 non-TAB race meetings each year.  Many of our country race clubs can be described as the lifeblood of their communities.  Clubs are a focal point for communities, providing employment opportunities and help develop social capital.  Race events bring communities together and create opportunities to drive tourism.


Our Queensland country race clubs host many popular country racing events including the Cairns Amateurs in Far North Queensland, Roma Cup in the South-West, and outback racing at its best at the annual Birdsville Races in the state’s Central-West.


Harness country racing continues to thrive in Marburg and the Darling Downs and Capalaba, Cairns, Bundaberg are popular venues for Greyhounds country racing.


Queensland’s race clubs are divided into eight (8) geographical regions:

  • Capricornia
  • Central West
  • Eastern Downs
  • Downs
  • Far North
  • Leichardt
  • North West
  • South East


The governance of country (non-Tab) thoroughbred racing sees both regional and state-wide representation.


Every thoroughbred race club in each region is afforded the opportunity to have a representative on the Country Racing Association (CRA) of that region. A jockey, trainer, bookmaker and owners representative is also on each CRA.


The CRA provides advice to Racing Queensland about thoroughbred country (non-Tab) issues.


Country Racing Support Program

The Country Racing Support Program (CRSP) is a Queensland Government program to help replace the country racing funding withdrawn by Racing Queensland. It also provides funding to country race clubs to build capacity and improve their financial performance, ultimately reducing their dependence on Racing Queensland subsidy to the extent that they are able to replace the withdrawn funding from their own revenues.


The CRSP will be administered by Racing Queensland and will commence on 1 July 2016.


What does this mean for country race clubs?

From 1st July, 2016, Queensland country race clubs across all three codes, will have access to additional support services from Racing Queensland to assist their managements identify ways to reduce operational costs and source alternate ways to generate revenue. 


Racing Queensland is currently working with the Country Racing Committee and workshopping with clubs across the three codes to agree on the initiatives to roll out in 2016/2017.



Club Resources


Grants and Funding Resources


The Queensland Government offer many grants programs for Queensland sporting clubs that country race clubs would be eligible to apply for. 


These include:

  • Get Playing Places & Spaces Program
  • Sport and Recreation Disaster Recovery Program
  • Local Government & Planning Grants
  • Get Going Clubs Program
  • Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation Grants & Funding Resources
  • Gambling Community Benefit Fund


All information and the links to apply are available here:



Other funding opportunities available;

  • Tourism & Events Queensland
  • Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (Small Grants for Rural Communities)
  • National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF)
  • Digital Enterprise Program


Visit http://www.fundingcentre.com.au/grant/help for great tips on applying for grants and funding.


Or click here to download the Queensland Government’s Guide to Applying for Grants


If you’d like support or advice about submitting a grant application, please contact David Aldred (Club Commercial and Development Manager) on 07 3869 9767 or email daldred@racingqueensland.com.au 


Hosting Alternate Racing Events


Racing Queensland acknowledges that there is growing participant support for alternate racing events and it is important for Clubs to explore ways to generate revenue for their Club outside traditional racing activities.

Click here to download Racing Queensland’s position on Licensed Race Clubs hosting non-racing related events

Click here to download the Waiver Provisions template that is prepared for Clubs by RQ for Clubs to complete with the hosting association.


Financial Compliance for Clubs


Clubs are required to complete reporting in order to comply with the various Acts of Parliament (including the Racing Act 2002, Corporations Act 2001, Associations Incorporate Act 1981).


Click here to visit the Club Compliance home page

Click here to download the Financial Management Procedures Manual

Click here to download a Business Plan template

Click here to download a Budget and Annual Reporting Template



Venue Compliance for Clubs


RQ have structured preferred standards for Non-TAB Race Clubs following extensive consultation including regional seminars, a major country racing forum and visits to the majority of Non-TAB venues by RQ staff.


These standards help to ensure the effective management and sustainability of OH&S protocols for Non-TAB racing and will enable the majority of issues to be managed locally by the relevant Country Racing Associations and Non-TAB Race Clubs.


RQ is of the view that these standards deliver a realistic approach to OH&S throughout regional Queensland and that those Non-TAB Clubs with a proactive approach to OH&S will have no problems achieving these standards.


Click here to access the TAB preferred venue and equipment standards for Thoroughbred Clubs

Click here to access the Non-TAB preferred venue and equipment standards for Thoroughbred Clubs

Click here to access the preferred venue and equipment standards for Greyhound Clubs

Click here to access the preferred venue and equipment standards for Harness Racing Clubs


Clubs are asked to conduct an annual assessment of their venue.  A checklist template was developed to assist clubs work through their facilities, assess whether they are in a satisfactory condition, and provide Racing Queensland with commentary around any safety concerns or issues that need to be addressed.


Click here to download the venue self-assessment checklist template



Q-Club E-newsletters


A monthly newsletter is prepared dedicated to the promotion of country racing clubs.  It aims to be a place for clubs to promote their events, club news, celebrate milestones and profile our volunteers.  If you would like to submit information to the newsletter, please email lmcintosh@racingqueensland.com.au by the 20th of each month.


Click here for the latest Thoroughbred e-newsletter

Click here for the latest Greyhound e-newsletter

Click here for the latest Harness e-newsletter


View E-newsletter Archive for Thoroughbreds

View E-newsletter Archive for Greyhounds

View E-newsletter Archive for Harness


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