Australian Bush Fires

Federal Council would like members to know that members that have been effected with the fires are in our thoughts. Alas the fires have been across most States.

We feel that it is best that clubs and State Branches organise help for members as you’ve got closer contact and you know their requirements.

If you are able to offer members agistment for their horses so they can rebuild fences this will take pressure off them. 

If you wish to donate money please go through Charities such as the Red Cross or at Bendigo Bank.

Members who may have lost fencing and/or need assistance pulling down the damaged fencing may contact Blaze Aid. If any members are in the position to assist, they could contact BlazeAid also to volunteer.

The Wild Life Rescue are also in need of bandages, ointment or old towels.

Please be aware that members will be in different places mentally as the shock and enormity of what happened sets in. Please refer to Life Line or BeyondBlue

LifeWorks has also opened up a Crisis Support Line for anyone in the community in need of emotional support in relation to the fires. The Crisis Support Line is open 24/7 and can be reached on 1300 361 008. 


Kate Wholagan

Federal Vice President

2019/20 Junior Bursary Open Soon

Junior Bursary 2019-2020

The Junior Bursary Application period opens on 15 October 2019 and closes on 15 November 2019.

To help with your application the following documents are on the Publications page or click on them right here;

# ACDS Junior Driver Bursary Application Guidance Criteria 2019

# Junior Driver Bursary Application Form 2019

# Junior Driver Bursary Sub-Committee Terms of Reference.

Applications are to be sent to the Federal Secretary at

Volunteer Management Workshop

Recently at our Annual Conference Georgie Stayches gave a very interesting presentation on finding and looking after our volunteers. A few reminders for everyday life as well! Geogie’s presentation and simple planning tools for your volunteer workforce are now available in Club Resources under the Member Resources tab.

Interim Concussion Policy

Interim Concussion Position Statement – Effective 12 July 2019.

 Sports Australia issued an updated Concussion in Sport Australia Position Statement earlier this year.

 The key message is

“if in doubt, sit them out”.
The Australian Carriage Driving Society has adopted this key message.

 The following interim arrangements have been put in place whilst a detailed position statement is prepared.

 ·        If a person on a carriage (driver or groom) is suspected of having a concussion, first aid principles still apply. 

·        If there is a medical practitioner (doctor or paramedic) on site whose attendance has been arranged by the organising committee of the activity, the person with suspected concussion should be reviewed by the medical practitioner to determine if they have suffered concussion.

·         If no medical practitioner is on-site, the person is assumed to have suffered concussion.

·        If the person is assessed by the medical practitioner to have concussion or is deemed to have concussion, the person is immediately stood down from all activities and will stay stood down for 7 days (14 days if 18 years and under) regardless of whether they receive medical clearance to return to sport.

·        The person remains stood down until they receive medical clearance to return to sport.

·        ACDS Incident reporting mechanism is to be used and notification is immediate.


Federal President.

ACDS Interim Concussion Policy PDF

Concussion in Sport Australia Position 

The New ACDS Clothing range is now available

Our new range of merchandise is now available through our dedicated supplier, Skye Park Equine Tailors. It was launched at the Federal Conference at Beechworth in July 2019.

The range includes a handpicked selection of quality garments and hats to suit a wide range of members tastes and needs. The range includes polo T-shirt’s in both men’s and ladies sizes to ensure a good fit.

Our range have a fantastic range of men’s and ladies vests. These include hardshell and puffer styles that will to keep everyone warm in this chilly winter weather. The fabulous waterproof ski jacket style coat and handy ever popular hoodie will ensure you are comfy and warm our driving or volunteering.

For our sunnier weather we have introduced a wide brim sun hat to the range to accompany the standard cap. We hope this range of ACDS merchandise will provide lots of different options to meet all members tastes.

Click on this direct link to the ACDS page of the Skye Park Equine Tailors online store.

Tips and hints for ordering your merchandise.

1. Get the tape measure out and measure yourself, check your measurements against the ones provided for the particular item you are planning to order. If your hip or waist measurement is larger than your chest measurements you will need to order a larger size or you will end up with a garment that fits tight in those areas.

2. The postage rates on the order website are fixed per order no matter how big or small your order is. Best value for money can be achieved by ordering a large group or club sized order rather than individual small items check direct with Skye Park for bulk orders.

3. If you would like your club logo on the garments you order in addition to the ACDS logo you can contact Skye Park directly to get costings and organise this.