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The ATA’s Alcohol and Drug Policy for Racing Stables, has been designed for the benefit of ATA Members (racehorse trainers) and their employees and seeks to comply with legislation of Federal and State Governments regarding alcohol, drugs and safety generally.  This policy has also been designed to work with alcohol and drug use procedures outlined in the Rules of Racing pertaining to licensed persons and the use of alcohol and drugs.


The purpose of this policy is to provide a framework to  reduce the likelihood of injury, damage and/or other negative effects resulting from alcohol and/or drug use or abuse in a racing stable work environment.

This policy applies to all employees and contractors regardless of their position or classification.

This policy aims to provide and maintain a racing stable workplace environment that not only protects the health and safety of all workplace participants, but also facilitates a productive workplace that does not jeopardise participant’s safety or the safety of others.

A safe and productive racing stable includes the respectful treatment of others in the work place and aims to foster an attitude among employees that it is unacceptable to come to work under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The use of alcohol and drugs may impair a person’s ability to perform their work safely, efficiently and with respect for colleagues, racehorse owners and others, including the racehorse/s in the employees care.

The quality of training provided by the trainer/employer is not to be compromised by the presence of people under the influence of alcohol, illicit drugs and non-prescribed drugs or over the prescribed dose of prescription medication in the workplace.

This policy is designed to eliminate the inherent risks associated with the use and abuse of alcohol and drugs in the workplace.

Click here for the Alcohol and Drug Policy for Racing Stables.  The Policy also includes some useful Help, Support and Treatment contact details and a list of the Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) in each state.

This Policy was produced by the Australian Trainers’ Association (ATA) and is for guidance only and may need to be adapted to suit specific circumstances relevant to individual stables.  

The Australian Trainers’ Trust (‘The Trust’) was launched in September 2015.