In June 2014 Safe Work Australia put out a Guide for Managing Risks when new and inexperienced people interact with horses

If working with beginner riders, or people new to working in the horse industry, this Guide must be taken seriously, as it was endorsed by the Work Cover representatives. It can be found at Safe Work Australia Guide  and covers the requirements for those teaching beginners to ride, taking them on trail rides, and inducting  staff new to horse activities.

The Australian Horse Industry Council has a Code of Practice for horse activities which is voluntary, but consulted by lawyers and coroners. It can be found here AHIC Code of Practice revised 091009

Education Department Guidelines to schools for horse activities.

All states require either school teaching staff with horse backgrounds, or external qualified instructors to teach horse riding to students in the state systems. In each case Horse Safety Australia is mentioned as a suitable qualification (some have not yet changed the name from AHSE, but we are the same organisation!) It may be worth mentioning to schools who use your facilities that the Horse Safety Australia qualification is mentioned in the public school guidelines, and is linked to the national Training Package for Sport, Fitness and Outdoor Recreation activities (SIS10)

Other regulations related to horse activities:

  • OHS Acts in each state: relating to workplace, employment and public access to businesses etc
  • building codes
  • food handling regulations (if you provide food to clients)
  • the Australian Horse Industry Council’s Code of Practice for horse activities (HorseSafe). This is a voluntary code, but still needs to be considered and operators should know its contents.
  • employment legislation re employees and their conditions (state and/or federal systems may apply)
  • helmet standards (Australian) ASNZ3838 and others that are acceptable
  • state and shire/council laws and regulations
  • Property Identification Codes (PIC) are being introduced through the Departments of Primary Industry in most states, for all properties with horses on them. These will soon be mandatory in most states.
  • animal welfare legislation (currently different in each state) with national codes on the way.
  • fair trading acts, and the laws relating to negligence
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