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CLUB RALLIES

6 June 2020

Dear Members
Federal Council has been asked whether Competitions and Park Drives can take place.
On 16 May 2020, Federal Council advised that as part of the easing of restrictions on activities, Clubs could organise Club Rallies.
Federal Council has not eased any further restrictions at the current time.
As a result, the answer to the question that has been asked is that no Competitions or Park Drives can take place at the current time.

PETER LEE
Federal President

Questions re Activities 6 June 2020

RISK MANAGEMENT GUIDELINES POST COVID-19 FOR ALL ACDS ACTIVITIES UPDATE NO 1 effective 1-JUNE-2020

As the Federal Government and State Governments commence to relax restrictions on social gatherings, Federal Council have set out the following rules for all ACDS activities, including organised driving activities and rallies, i.e. any activity that requires a Club to minute an activity.
The purpose of the rules is to ensure that the activities are conducted within government guidelines and to ensure the health and safety of members and any other persons at ACDS activities. In preparing the risk management rules, Federal Council is conscious that the age demographic of the ACDS means that many members are in the high risk area.
It is the responsibility of State Branches, Clubs and organising committees to enforce these rules.

Members are required to conduct themselves (and request their grooms) to not only uphold the rules, but also the spirit of the rules, to ensure the health and safety of all participants and volunteers.
The rules are as follows:

  1. Social gathering limitations are to be observed as pronounced in your State from time to time. It is important to be aware of the different limitations for indoor and outdoor activities. It is the responsibility of the organising committee to ensure that the total number of drivers, grooms and officials at the activity location do not exceed the
    relevant social gathering limitations. For this purpose, event organisers should require attendee’s to register (including the number of grooms attending) to attend the activity. The event organisers should adopt an “arrive, compete, leave” approach for the activity.
  2. Social distancing, as set out in commentary from governments and medical authorities advising governments, must be observed. This will include social distancing on a carriage which means in most cases, a carriage will not be able to include both a driver and groom. The only exception is family members on a carriage.
  3. Notices of social distancing are to be clearly displayed on activity schedules and around the location of the activity.
  4. Clubs and members should check with the operators of the venue such as Local Shire, Local Council, government department, management committee’ to ensure the Risk Management Guidelines Post Covid-19 For All ACDS Activities – Version 1.0 – 17 May 2020
    venue is open for activities. This should include other user groups to ensure social gathering limitations are observed by all.
  5. All persons at the activity must complete the Bio-Security Form. The form should be attached to an activity schedule (or sent to participants prior to the activity) in order for participants to be familiar with the requirement to complete the form. If the participant does not complete the form, they are to be requested to leave the location immediately. For the purpose of this form, participants are defined as
    activity organisers and officials, drivers and grooms. This form is to be retained by the Event Organiser.
  6. The ACDS recommends that all persons attending an activity download the COVID-19 App so that in the event that another person attending the activity is subsequently diagnosed with COVID-19, medical authorities can contact other attendees.
  7. No canteens or similar are allowed at activities.
  8. Clubrooms should not be open during activities.
  9. Organising committees are to ensure that toilet blocks are cleaned pre and post activity and during the activity if necessary. Appropriate signage in relation to the washing of hands should be displayed.
  10. Subject to the relevant State laws and Guidelines, overnight stays are permitted other than for members who have been involved in the current days activities.
  11. No indoor events are to be run.
  12. Equipment being used for the activity should be cleaned pre and post activity and during the activity if appropriate.

COVID-19 Risk Mgt Guidelines update 1 – 01-06-2020

Blast From The Past On-line Photo Show

The latest online photo show is celebrating our history, next year the ACDS is turning 50 and we will be having our 50th celebrations together but for now lets dig out those old pictures.

RETURN TO SPORT – GOVERNMENT, GOVERNMENT AGENCIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT REQUIREMENTS

28 May 2020

Dear Members
In addition to information from Federal Council in regard to Risk Management Guidelines post COVID-19 for all ACDS Activities, it has come to the attention of Federal Council that Government, Government Agencies and/or Local Government are requiring Clubs to complete and lodge forms in regard to how the club will deal with Return to Sport in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Federal Council has identified requirements in South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria over the past 24 hours. The information on websites of these authorities can be difficult to find in some cases. For example, the Tasmanian requirement is from Worksafe and has been extended to include sporting clubs.
I have asked the State delegates to research this matter at State government level as a
matter of urgency and advise clubs accordingly. Clubs should also research local
government requirements themselves to ensure they satisfy requirements prior to any rallies being run.
In one State at least, there are significant penalties for non-compliance so Government, Government Agencies and/or Local Government are treating this very seriously.
https://sport.vic.gov.au/our-work/return-to-play/return-to-play-for-community-sport-andactive-recreation
https://worksafe.tas.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/567829/COVID-19-Safety-Plans-Small-Business-Template-v2.pdf
https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/recovery/create-a-covid-safe-plan

PETER LEE
Federal President

Government requirements re return to sport 28-05-2020

CLUB RALLIES – FURTHER QUESTIONS

18 May 2020

Dear Members
Following on from the earlier questions that have been asked of Federal Council, additional questions have been asked.
The following are the questions and the responses:

Question Can social members attend rallies?
Response The ACDS does not have a social member category – this is a Club initiative. The answer is no unless they are necessary to the running of the rally. Social members of a club are not drivers.

Question I assume the total no of people attending would have to comply with restrictions in place at the time for public gatherings?
Response Please read under State government and medical authority’s public announcements. You must comply with public gatherings as dictated by your State.

Question I assume we can hold club meetings using the same guidelines?
Response Check your State government and medical authority’s public announcements. Federal Council believes the answer is no as this does not meet the social gathering “indoor” criteria.

Peter Lee
Federal President

Club rallies Q&A v2 additional

CLUB RALLIES Q&A’s

18 May 2020

Dear Members

Federal Council has been asked several questions following its announcement on 16 May 2020 that Club Rallies can re-commence. In responding, Federal Council also directs you to the announcements on 18 May 2020 with the Risk Guidelines post COVID-19. The following are the questions and the responses:

Question 28th May is not a Saturday.
Response It is from 12.01am Saturday 30 May 2020.

Question Can only members of club running rally day attend or any ACDS member?
Response Members of that Club only. You should also be guided by what your State is saying. In many cases it is only those who need to be at the rally – i.e. the member driving, a groom if necessary and those necessary to run the rally. In most cases, the government/health body and many other equestrian bodies are stating “no visitors’. Also, most bodies are recommending “arrive, compete, leave policy. In the case of a rally, it should be drive, instead of compete.

Question Presumably One Day Activity cannot be used?
Response No, as it is only members who can drive at a rally.

Question Presumably social distancing would mean only 1 person per vehicle?
Response Yes unless they are immediate family living in the same household.

Peter Lee
Federal President

Club Rallies Q&A 18-05-2020

RISK MANAGEMENT GUIDELINES POST COVID-19 FOR ALL ACDS ACTIVITIES

As the Federal Government and State Governments commence to relax restrictions on social gatherings, Federal Council have set out the following rules for all ACDS activities, including organised driving activities and rallies, i.e. any activity that requires a Club to minute an activity.
The purpose of the rules is to ensure that the activities are conducted within government guidelines and to ensure the health and safety of members and any other persons at ACDS activities. In preparing the risk management rules, Federal Council is conscious that the age demographic of the ACDS means that many members are in the high risk area.
It is the responsibility of State Branches, Clubs and organising committees to enforce these rules.

Members are required to conduct themselves (and request their grooms) to not only uphold the rules, but also the spirit of the rules, to ensure the health and safety of all participants and volunteers.
The rules are as follows:

  1. Social gathering limitations are to be observed as pronounced in your State from time to time. It is important to be aware of the different limitations for indoor and outdoor activities. It is the responsibility of the organising committee to ensure that the total number of drivers, grooms and officials at the activity location do not exceed the relevant social gathering limitations. For this purpose, event organisers should
    require attendee’s to register (including the number of grooms attending) to attend the activity. The event organisers should adopt an “arrive, compete, leave” approach for the activity.
  2. Social distancing, as set out in commentary from governments and medical authorities advising governments, must be observed. This will include social distancing on a carriage which means in most cases, a carriage will not be able to include both a driver and groom. The only exception is family members on a carriage.
  3. Notices of social distancing are to be clearly displayed on activity schedules and around the location of the activity.
  4. Clubs and members should check with the operators of the venue such as Local Shire, Local Council, government department, management committee’ to ensure the venue is open for activities. This should include other user groups to ensure social gathering limitations are observed by all.
    Risk Management Guidelines Post Covid-19 For All ACDS Activities – Version 1.0 – 17 May 2020
  5. All persons at the activity must complete the Bio-Security Form. The form should be attached to an activity schedule (or sent to participants prior to the activity) in order for participants to be familiar with the requirement to complete the form. If the participant does not complete the form, they are to be requested to leave the location immediately. For the purpose of this form, participants are defined as
    activity organisers and officials, drivers and grooms. This form is to be retained by the Event Organiser.
  6. The ACDS recommends that all persons attending an activity download the COVID-19 App so that in the event that another person attending the activity is subsequently diagnosed with COVID-19, medical authorities can contact other attendees.
  7. No canteens or similar are allowed at activities.
  8. Clubrooms should not be open during activities.
  9. Organising committees are to ensure that toilet blocks are cleaned pre and post activity and during the activity if necessary. Appropriate signage in relation to the washing of hands should be displayed.
  10. No overnight stays.
  11. No indoor events are to be run.

Risk management re COVID-19

Restrictions on driving will be eased

16 May 2020

Dear Members
On behalf of Federal Council, I would like to advise that restrictions on driving will be eased to allow Clubs to hold Club rallies, effective Saturday 28 May 2020.
Federal Council will distribute to States, for forwarding to Clubs and members, two documents which are fundamental to the easing of restrictions, namely

  1. Risk management rules to follow for all Club rallies (and in time, other activities). Please note that this means that only Club members can drive at the rallies; and
  2. Bio-security form for completion by all persons at a rally.
    In preparing the risk management rules, Federal Council is conscious that the age demographic of the ACDS means that many members are in the high risk area. Our main purpose in preparing these rules and the form is to ensure that the Club rallies are conducted within government guidelines and to ensure the health and safety of members and any other persons at Club rallies.

Yours faithfully
PETER LEE
Federal President

Club rallies announcement 16-05-2020