Major safety review for Australian horse industry

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Public consultation on a massive review of safety in relation to people who work with horses in Australia, gets under way in early March.

Those who work with horses, in either a paid or voluntary position, are invited to contribute.

The project involves 153 Units of Competency which are the foundation of qualifications in the racing, breeding, stock work, horse riding, trail riding, equine dentistry and farrier sectors.

The need for the review was identified in a report by the Australian Skills Quality Authority, and a subsequent ‘Case for Change prepared by Skills Impact. This report also identified a case for new Units to be developed relating to skills associated with horse rider falls, recognizing horse behaviours how a horse learns, and matching horses and riders.

Horse SA Executive Officer Julie Fiedler said the SafeWork NSW “Code of Practice Managing risks for when new or inexperienced riders or handlers interact with horses”, which was gazetted in the NSW Parliament on January 27, is one of the reference sources.

“Horse SA is providing subject matter expertise throughout the project and will host one of the face-to-face meetings in South Australia,” Fiedler said.

Human resource managers, employers and volunteer managers use the Units to set up job descriptions and define roles in the workplace, while Registered Training Organizations use Units for guiding course design and assessments.

Register your interest in the Equine Safety in Training Project.

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