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National Operations Manual

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RDA Australia is currently reviewing its Policies and Procedures and has published a National Operations Manual.

The Governance, Human Resources and Equal Opportunity sections have been completed and may be downloaded here.

For a progress update on the Program Delivery, Finance and Marketing sections please contact

Funding towards the review and update of this essential document was generously provided by the Ivor Ronald Evans Foundation.


RDA National Member Protection Policy
(updated May 2016)
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RDA is committed to providing safe, fair and inclusive sporting environments.
The Codes of Behaviour set out in the Member Protection Policy provide clear guidelines to everyone associated with RDA about the behaviours expected of our members.
You can download the policy here.
For advice on the Complaints Handling Procedures and any of the policies outlined in this document, you can contact one of our trained Member Protection Officers
David Kallir Preece
Director, RDA Australian Capital Territory
Contact via RDA Australia Office

RDA National Risk Management Policy
(updated 2010)
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All forms of equestrian activity involve some level of risk.  RDA strives to provide activities in the safest possible environments. We do this by:
  • Coaches are trained under a nationally accredited training system with the Australian Sports Commission
  • Induction and training for volunteers
  • Selection and training of RDA horses follows proven methods over 40 years
  • Adaptive equipment designed to meet special needs of clients
  • RDA Venue and Facilities are audited every 2 years to ensure they meet safety service delivery standards
  • Affordable insurance covers all members

View RDA's Risk Management Policy (PDF)

RDA National Helmet Standards
(February 2015)
Helmets that are used in RDA activities must meet one of the Australian or US standards for equestrian use.
RDA participants must wear their helmet when riding, carriage driving or undertaking unmounted activities with horses.
RDA National Standards for Mounting Facilities
(April 2014)
RDA Australia follows industry standards and best practice models for design, use and building of mounting facilities for use in RDA centres and at RDA activities. The minimum standard for RDA mounting facilities is they must safely meet the needs of the participants at the centre. For a newly established Centre this may mean that a mounting block with steps is suitable for participants where all current participants are ambulant.