Currently Accredited sites with HSA
Academy of Dressage, Bridgewater SA Horse riding instruction: classical dressage
Attunga Camps: Canyonleigh NSW School and holiday camps for youth
Burnelee Excursions on Horseback NSW Trail riding on their property near Canberra
Centennial Glen Stables NSW Trail Riding on their property in Blue Mountains
Kiah Park, near Gympie QLD School and holiday camps for youth
Mill Valley Ranch Youth Camp, Tynong North Victoria Youth camp for schools and holidays
Teen Ranch, Cobbitty NSW School and holiday camps for youth
Wirraway Homestead Youth Centre, Strathalbyn SA School and holiday camps for youth
Tunnel Ridge Ranch, Landsborough QLD School and holiday camps for youth
Juno Centre Tennant Creek NT
TAFE NSW Taree Campus
TAFE NSW Scone Campus
There are many more sites who are working on their site accreditation and are part of the way through the process. They will appear on our lists once they have completed all components of the requirements.
Horse Safety Australia Site accreditation is available to anyone with a horse facility: whether a riding school, trail riding facility, agistment centre, training facility or public space provided for horse riding activities. It is based on the Australian Horse Industry Council’s Code of Practice for Horse Activities (the national minimum standards 2003, revised 2009) , with some additions which are required by our organisation for areas not addressed in this code. It also covers the new Safe Work Australia “Guide for managing risks when new and inexperienced persons interact with horses” (2014) as well as the NSW Code of Practice ” Managing risks when new or inexperienced riders or handlers interact with horses in the workplace” (2017 – for those living in NSW) and the national Adventure Activity Standards for Trail Riding. (2019)
Horse Safety Australia provides the opportunity for site accreditation for your business : with standards for safe fencing and facilities, clothing and footwear for horseriding; equipment standards, qualified staff, ratios of staff to students, appropriate horses (if provided by the site), appropriate procedures, meeting WHS requirements, etc.
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Site accreditation documents are in self assessment format and then the site audit is available for a fee. It involves a consultant visiting your site and assessing all aspect of its safety. The areas covered include:
* age and experience of instructors,
* provision of helmets,
* first aid,
* construction of facilities
* suitability of horses and equipment for purpose
* if trails are used : suitability and accessibility in emergencies
* humane treatment and appropriate care of horses
* appropriate ratios
* risk management procedures (especially for beginner riders) and WHS requirements
* and more
The self assessment paperwork is available through the HSA office. Please ring us and we can send you the version which is relevant to your situation.
Cost for a site audit is $990 plus staff travel , and renewal occurs every 3 years and costs $660 (normally a desk audit every second time). A certificate and sign are provided for sites once all requirements are satisfactorily met. The consultant who accredits your site is a resource to help you meet the requirements and can work with you to help you solve any compliance problems you might have.
Site accreditation must be reviewed and re-issued when there is a change of ownership/management of the site. If the procedures, site and staffing are fundamentally unchanged the cost will be $660; or if there are major changes in place from the initial accreditation process (eg a trail riding business which adds in holiday educational riding programs) this may require a full re assessment process at the cost of $990.