Australian Harness Racing Rules

National Rules Parts 1-22
Amendments up to and including 30 October 2020

Please Note:  On 1st March 2008 Harness Racing Australia Inc (HRA) replaced Australian Harness Racing Council Inc (AHRC) as the organisation's name.  All AHRC's formal structures, rules, regulations, policies, processes etc.,
now pertain to HRA, and any reference to Australian Harness Racing Council Inc, AHRC, Council or The Council shall mean Harness Racing Australia Inc or HRA.
Part Subject Rule Nos. Part Subject Rule Nos.
  Dictionary   19 Artificial Breeding 281-290
1 Clubs 1-13 20 Unpaid Forfeit List 291-296
  Clubs  (HRVIC Local Rules) VLR1-2 21 General Matters 297-314
2 Stewards 14-20 22 Monté Racing 315-334
3 Meetings and Races 21-89   Forms  
4 Licences 90-91   Therapeutic Substances - Screening Limits  
5 Horses 92-122   Rules Amendments  
6 Handicapping 123-125   Whip Rules:   
7 Starting 126-146  
Print Version of Rules Book (pdf)

Associated Links:
Australian Handicapping Rules (pdf)
Australian Stud Book AHRR 280A (pdf)
Australian Driving Championship Rules (pdf)
Gear & Equipment Policies and Lists
Group Racing Guidelines (pdf)
  HRA Equine Health & Welfare Statement (pdf)
  HRA Equine Health & Welfare Code of Conduct (pdf)
  Microchipping Regulations (pdf)
  Naming Rules AHRR 93-95AB  (pdf)
  Reciprocal Agreements 
8 Required Racing Standard 147-150  
9 Drivers: Whip Rule Amendments - HRA approved 11/06/2020 - Educational Video 151-174
                                                    HRA Industry Notice 21/08/2020 - Whip Rule Update - AHRR 156A  
10 Objections and Protests 175-180  
11 Inquiries and Investigations 181-187  
12 Prohibited Substances 188-196  
13 Prizemonies 197-201  

General Offences

15 Penalties 256-258  
16 Disqualified Persons 259-267  
17 Equipment & Colours 268-273  
18 Studs, Sires and Stud Book 274-280  

Local Rules Parts 23-24

Part Subject Rule Nos. Part Subject Rule Nos.
23 Bookmakers & Betting Local Rules 24 Appeals Local Rules 
  New South Wales NSWLR116-137   New South Wales refer HRNSW
  Queensland RQL 1-27, 53-78  


RQL 1(1)-(46)
  South Australia refer HRSAL   South Australia refer HRSAL
  Tasmania Tas Part 23   Tasmania Tas Part 24
  Victoria VLR3-46   Victoria VLR47-52


Western Australia

refer to RWWA Rules Book


Western Australia

refer to RWWA Rules Book


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