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Maternity Scheme Introduced for SA Jockeys
Thoroughbred Racing South Australia (TRSA) is now providing extra support for female participants by introducing a Maternity Leave Payment (MLP) initiative for full-time licensed jockeys. The MLP is available to eligible female riders who are restricted under the Australian Rules of Racing from undertaking their normal duties as a jockey due to pregnancy. TRSA says the initiative – which applies from the beginning of the second trimester through to the birth of the child – further acknowledges the need to remove any obstacles to females choosing a career in the thoroughbred racing industry. “South Australia has a long and proud history of female participation in our industry and this measure is just another step towards ensuring females can pursue their goals in racing, without impediments,” said TRSA chief executive officer Nick Redin. “The percentage of female jockeys has increased sharply in recent times, and a glance at the South Australian records over the past five, 10 or 15 years shows they are a crucial and integral part of our local scene.” TRSA has implemented the MLP at a rate equivalent to the relevant jockey’s average weekly earnings for the previous 12 months prior to the conception of the child. This amount is capped at $1,513 per week and $12,100 in total. TRSA’s new policy has been welcomed by local jockeys and their representative bodies, including the state arm of the Australian Jockey Association (SAJA). Redin advised payments would be provided fortnightly following the application being processed and approved.