RDA National Member Protection Policy (May 2016)

RDA is committed to providing safe, fair and inclusive sporting environments.

The Code of Behaviour set out in the Member Protection Policy provide clear guidelines to everyone associated with RDA about behaviours expected of our members.

Member Protection Policy


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 admin@rda.org.au

RDA National Risk Management Policy (2010)

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

Risk Management Policy


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.

National Helmet Standards


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.

Mounting Facilities Policy


RDA National Privacy Statement (February 2018)

Riding for the Disabled Australia is committed to providing quality services to you and this statement outlines our ongoing obligations to you in respect of how we manage your Personal Information.

We have adopted the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) contained in the Privacy Act 1 1988 (Cth) (the Privacy Act).  The APPs govern the way in which we collect, use, disclose, store, secure and dispose of your Personal Information.

A copy of the Australian Privacy Principles may be obtained from the website of The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner at www.aoicc.gov.au

National Privacy Statement


RDA National Sunsmart Policy (March 2018)

Riding for the Disabled Association of Australia will ensure that all members who participate in RDA activities are both informed and protected against the harmful effects of the sun's ultraviolet radiation (UR) and heat protection whenever there are outdoor activities.  The policy is acknowledged as minimum standards for the organisation and State and Centre Associations may develop additional protections aligned with this policy to suit local conditions.

Sunsmart Policy


RDA National Hendra Position Statement (August 2018)

The Board and Management of RDA Australia recognises advice from Equine Veterinarians Australia (EVA) that Hendra virus is a deadly zoonotic (cross-species) disease.  The virus is transmitted from flying fox populations to a horse, after which is may spread viz horse to horse, or horse to human, transmission.  The mortality (death) rate in horses is 100% and 60% in humans.

The EVA recommends a safe, effective and accessible vaccine for horses in Hendra-prone areas (particularly Queensland and New South Wales).  RDA Australia supports this recommendation.

Hendra Position Statement

ASADA Anti-Doping Policy (January 2015)

RDA Australia supports the principles of clean, drug-free sport that embodies the principles of health and well-being for our athletes.  Adopting the ASADA and World Anti-Doping codes into RDA polices and procedures promotes health, fairness and equality for athletes and ensures that RDA members become more aware of the rules and responsibilities they must adhere to under these codes.

Anti Doping Policy


Australian Horse Welfare Protocol (August 2011)

This Protocol sets out how Australian horse organisations, collectivley and individually, will voluntarily act to promote horse welfare and well being.

The Australian Horse Welfare Protocol was developed by representation from national horse organisations and State Horse Councils.  It is applicable throughout Australia and its territories.

Australian Horse Welfare Protocol