RDA Tasmania is a registered NDIS provider and you are able to include RDA into your NDIS plan. RDA Centres provide individualised support for people with disabilities, through our equine assisted recreational and therapeutic activities.

You can download our NDIS Planing guide below. It will give you some more information on what to consider when developing a plan. Please contact our State Coaching Coordinator for more information.

State Coaching Coordinator

phone: 0429 943 247


Why include us in an individual plan?

The simple pleasure of working with horses is the basis of our programs. Our activities are designed to complement conventional therapies and education through the freedom of movement, gaining confidence, creating friendships and achieving individual goals. 

The warmth and three dimensional movement of the horse is transferred through the rider’s body, helping to make it more relaxed and supple, strengthening core stability, reducing spasms and improving balance, posture and 


Our sessions are designed to develop, increase and improve:


  • Physical abilities: muscle tone & strength, balance, coordination, flexibility, fitness, posture and independence.

  • Psychological abilities: concentration, problem solving and decision making, self-esteem and confidence.

  • Social abilities: communication and social skills, learning appropriate behaviour and manners.

  • Recreational/sport/vocational abilities: equestrian skills and horse management, challenge and success in competition with self and others, and community participation.

What happens at an RDA Tasmania centre?

RDA Tasmania activities are designed to encourage participation and the development of individual abilities. Individuals with the assistance of their coach, parents, teachers or carers develop their own goals. 


A typical session will involve:

  • Getting ready for your session by ensuring you have the correct safety gear on.

  • Catching up with your team of coaches, volunteers and horse as you prepare for mounting.

  • Warm-up activities.

  • Session activities designed to develop your abilities and achieve your goals.

  • Cool Down.

  • Dismount and thanking your team for their help during your session.

How to access RDA Tasmania NDIS programs for individuals.
(Information for Planners)
Existing participants:
  • Contact the centre that the individual attends to confirm their involvement. 

  • Once confirmed request the service cost from RDA Tasmania. 

New participants
  • Contact your local centre to enquire if there is a vacancy for the individual. Please note: due to the demand for our services some centres have waiting lists in place, however they will try their best to accommodate you as soon as            possible. In order to maintain the health and welfare of our horses, weight limits do apply at all centres.

  • Arrange a time for the individual to visit the centre to meet with a coach. This meeting will allow the coach to assess the individuals needs in order to match a horse / pony and volunteers suitable to assist them. 

  • Paperwork to be completed and returned to the centre. (Including application to participate, medical practitioners consent form and participant assessment plan). 

  • Request for formal / service cost submitted to RDA Tasmania either directly or via NDIA portal. 

  • Once service costs are approved, a member of the RDA Tasmania team will contact the individual to arrange a start date.