History Of The Code

How the Code of Practice was developed

The AHIC and other industry leaders approached the Federal Government for support during the Public Liability Crisis of 2002.  The Minister of Small Business & Tourism gave the AHIC a grant to develop a code of practice.  A Project Steering Committee, Project Manager, Project Administration and Industry Review Group were established to take the project forward.

The Industry Review Group had the following representative organisations:

  • Association for Horsemanship, Safety and Education
  • Australian Horse Riding Centres
  • Australian Quarter Horse Association
  • Australian Stock Horse Society
  • Consumer representative
  • Equestrian Federation of Australia
  • Insurance Broker
  • Local Tourism Association
  • National Cutting Horse Association
  • Pony Clubs of Australia
  • Riding for the Disabled Australia
  • Major Project Components

The development of the industry code of practice had a number of major milestones.  These were:

  • Appointment of Technical Consultant (BEA)
  • Industry Review Group meetings
  • Release of 1st draft
  • Public consultation phase (Jan – Mar 2003)
  • Review of public comment and release of 2nd draft
  • Risk management workshops
  • Appointment of Auditor training provider
  • Mentoring of small business operators
  • Review of final Draft
  • Release of HorseSafe Code of Practice ( 31/7/03)


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