How to access HorsePower programs via individualised funding.

Being part of a local sport and recreation club
is a fantastic way to build your social network
in a fun, friendly and supportive environment.


HorsePower Australia is a Registered NDIS
Service Provider for Core and Capacity
Building Supports. 

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of supporting eligible people with permanent and significant disability, their families and carers through access to individualised funding.

With the introduction of NDIS, the disability sector is changing. It has moved away from a state-based individual funding model to a unified National Scheme. This sees a shift in funding directly to disability services providers to individuals based on a needs assessment. Allocating funds directly to the person with a disability will ensure they have greater flexibility and control over their service and supports. 

There are various methods of accessing funding for HorsePower Australia programs including:
  • Out of pocket - participants and/or their families cover the costs of programs using their own funds

  • Through a NDIS package. This can be either agency managed, self managed or plan managed (third party). 

  • Through a local community sponsorship - some participants seek sponsorship of their involvement in HorsePower Australia programs from local community service groups or companies e.g. Rotary, Lions, Variety or Therapy Focus. 

Including HorsePower programs in your NDIS plan.

Participating in sport and active recreation programs has many benefits. Having an active lifestyle has a lot of physical health benefits. Improved balance, muscle strength, lower blood pressure and improved cholesterol can all stem from regular exercise. However there are not just physical benefits from participating in local community sport and recreation programs, there are the social and mental health benefits too. Several studies have proven that exercise, fresh air and spending time with animals are all effective ways that you can boost your mental health and reduce stress; and being part of a local sport and recreation club is also a fantastic way to build your social network in a fun, friendly and supportive environment.  

From the 1 July 2017 the NDIS began rolling out in Western Australia. Visit the NDIS rollout page to find out when the NDIS is rolling out in your area.

The first step in seeking funding from NDIS is to be tested for eligibility. If eligible for the NDIS, participants then meet with a local area coordinator / planner to develop a plan for the services and supports they need to live the life they want. Funding is then allocated on an annual basis to purchase the services, aids and equipment that you have been assessed as needing; from the service provider(s) of your choice. 

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) – the agency established to administer the NDIS – can manage your funding for you, or you can choose to engage a plan manager, an independent agency to manage your plan on your behalf or if approved by the NDIA you may be able to self-manage your own funds. 

HorsePower Australia is a registered service provider with both WANDIS and NDIS under the following categories:

  • WANDIS Cluster 4: Wellbeing 

  • NDIS Core Support Category: Assistance with Social and Community Participation. This budget area is a lot more flexible and can fund a wider range of activites as well as the support you need to participate - for instance the specialised supports available via HorsePower Australia to meet your adaptive needs. Activities funded under Assistance with Social & Community Participation don't need to be disability specific - the aim is to help people with adaptive needs to be active, meet new people and have fun. 

  • NDIS Capacity Bulding Support Category: Increased Social and Community Participation. These supports are designed to help you buld your skills and independence. Sport and active recreational programs covered under this section are things like specific coaching designed to develop certain skills and they need to link back to the goals stated in your plan.  

It is important to note that although people recognise the therapeutic benefits of our programs, HorsePower Australia is not registered as a therapy provider under NDIS; we are registered to provide individuals with assistance for social and community participation which enables them to pursue recreational activities and engage in the community. NDIS's definition of 'recreational supports' can be found here

Assistance with Social and Community Participation sits under your Core Supports budget. This budget is the most flexible under NDIS and in most cases funding can be used across the support categories to assist with daily activities and community participation. 

Handy Tip

The supports you will receive from the NDIS, are driven by your goals.  Generally these are short, medium and long term. It is important to keep these goals quite broad – so you have greater flexibility in how you achieve your goal and you can seek to identify various elements of support required to meet that goal.  For example, rather than have a limited goal "to go horse riding" – you will want to talk to your planner about including funding for you or your child "To access community, social and recreational activities of his/her/your choosing to make new friends and participate in his/her/my community." this goal fits with community participation and can be achieved by participating in HorsePower Australia programs as well as others within the community.

Useful Resources 

Participant Booklet 1 - Understanding the NDIS

Participant Booklet 2 - Planning

Participant Booklet 3 - Using your NDIS plan

HorsePower Australia Participant Guide 2020

HorsePower Australia Fee Schedule 2020.

Cost of Participating in HorsePower Programs 

Historically, the cost of HorsePower Australia's programs have been heavily subsidised through the WA Government block funding, greatly reducing participant fees. While the cost of providing our programs remains the same, these costs now need to be funded from individual’s funding.

  • Full Participant Regtration Fee: $112pa (calendar year)
    Provides the participant with public liability and personal accident cover for all sessions, activiites and events participated in throughout the year.

  • Half Year Participant Registration Fee: $70 (six monthly) 
    Provides the particiapnt with public liabilty and personal accident cover for all sessions, activities and events participated in for a period of six (6) months i.e. (Jan - Jun or Jul - Dec)

  • Event Member Registration: $55 (calendar year)
    Provides participants of special events i.e. compeitions or holiday camps with public liability and personal accident cover for when they are participating in these activities only. Please note if a participant is/or wishes to register for regular riding, carriage driving, vaulting, walking with horses or hippotherapy sessions they must register for full or half year participation. 

  • Individual Needs Assessment: Complimentary
    All new participants will have to be assessed by an accredited Coach or therapist to ensure our program is suitable for their needs. This is a non-riding session.

  • One off Come & Try Session: $52.85 (typically 1 hour but varies depending on individual needs)
    This is for those who would like to come along and trial a session to see if they would like to get involved in our programs.

    Please note: Protection is afforded to the participant under the public liability policy during such activities and no personal accident cover is in place. 
    NDIS Core Support Item: Access Community, Social and Rec Activities - 04_104_0125_6_1
    NDIS Capacity Building Support Item Number: Innovative Community Participation -09_008_0116_6_3

  • Horse Riding, Carriage Driving and Walking with Horses Programs: $52.85 (typically 1 hour but varies depending on individual needs)
    All sessions are conducted by accredited and specifically trained support personnel that work with accredited horses and ponies to provide programs designed to meet the needs of the individual.
    NDIS Core Support Item: Access Community, Social and Rec Activities - 04_104_0125_6_1
    NDIS Capacity Building Support Item Number: Innovative Community Participation -09_008_0116_6_3

  • Vaulting (Group Activity): $56 per session (typically 2 hours but varies on individual needs) 
    All sessions are conducted by accredited and specifically trained support personnel that work with accredited horses to meet the needs of the indiviudals.
    NDIS Core Support Item: Group Activities in the Community - 04_111_0136_6_1

  • Equine Facilitated Therapy (Hippotherapy): Pricing is set by the therapist conducting the therapy. Please contact us for more information. 
    This is a specialised therapy that requires a Qualified Therapist, Accredited Coach, Qualified Horse Handler, Accredited Horse and specifically trained support personnel. HorsePower Australia works in partnership with various therapy providers to deliver this program that utilises the horse as a therapy tool. 

  • Planning and Outcome Review: $52.85 per session (typically 1 hour) 
    This is a block of time allocated for the individual their parent/support person to meet with the coach to discuss and review their individual plan outcomes. 
    NDIS Core Support Item: Access Community, Social and Rec Activities - 04_104_0125_6_1
    NDIS Capacity Building Support Item Number: Innovative Community Participation -09_008_0116_6_3

As HorsePower Australia transitions to individualised funding it is important that our current participants consider their HorsePower Australia programs when developing their NDIS plans. If goal-based equine-assisted programs are deemed appropriate and approved within your NDIS plan, you will be able to access individual funding to undertake our program. If goal-based equine-assisted programs are not deemed appropriate for you through the NDIS; then alternative payment options may be available.

If you need help discussing your HorsePower Australia needs with your Local Area Coordinator (LAC) or planner please contact the HorsePower Australia office or your local HorsePower centre for assistance.


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