NDIS & Equine Assisted Therapy

Are our equine assisted therapy sessions at The Therapy Pod funded by NDIS?

If you are self managed or plan managed you may be able to use NDIS funding for equine assisted therapy at The Therapy Pod. 

If your plan is agency (NDIA) managed, then you can only use registered providers. We are not a registered provider (see below for more information)

The following information has been provided by Australia's leading plan manager - LEAPIN

To obtain NDIS funding for equine assisted therapy, it will need to pass the “reasonable and necessary” test. This means the request must be related to your disability, it must be good value for money and likely to be of benefit to you.

It is important that your request for funding is connected to one of your NDIS goals. Clearly setting your goals and identifying how you would like to achieve them before your NDIS Plan or Plan Review meeting will help ensure you receive the funding you need.

Example goal 1

To meet new people and improve my communication skills.

How equine assisted therapy might help:

I would meet people I have not met before, make new friends and learn to follow instructions about how to be around horses.

In this case, funding is likely to come from your core supports budget.

Example goal 2

To improve coordination and strength so that I can be more independent.

How equine assisted therapy could help:

The exercise of working with horses will help strengthen my muscles, improving my ability to control my arms and hands and hopefully do more things for myself.

In this case, funding is likely to come from the Capacity Building budget. It may be helpful to have a letter of support from a physiotherapist or occupational therapist to say Riding for the Disabled is likely to assist you achieve your goal.

For more NDIS related information (including topics such as ADHD & NDIS eligibility) - click on the link below to explore the Leap in webpage make contact. 


Is The Therapy Pod a registered provider?

What are registered and unregistered providers?

No. The Therapy Pod is not a registered service provider. 

What does this mean?

Plan partners has the following to say about this topic. 

Service providers can choose to formally register with the NDIS. These are known as NDIS registered providers. As part of the registration process, they are audited to make sure they meet strict requirements to do with safety, quality and compliance, which are set by the NDIS safeguard commission.

Unregistered providers don’t go through this process and aren’t required to meet the same requirements – but that doesn’t mean they aren’t the same quality as NDIS registered providers.

There are many reasons why a provider might not choose to register with the NDIS.

The Therapy Pod has chosen not to be a registered provider for the following reasons:

  • Registration is an expensive process, we are a small family run business with great expenses (running a 10 acre property and caring for 7 horses, 10 llamas, 3 goats etc). All incoming funds go directly back into the animals and property. We do not wish to direct valuable resources in places that will not, on a practical level,  alter the quality or safety of our business.

  • Our industry specific requirements for requirements to do with safety, quality and compliance are set out by Safe Work Australia (Australian Government Statutory Agency) in the linked document: 


Are there any disadvantages to using an unregistered provider?

Plan Partners has the following to say about this question. 

This one really depends on the provider. While unregistered providers don’t technically need to meet the same standards as NDIS registered providers, most still do.

In fact, there are lots of unregistered providers who are passionate about providing support and go above and beyond to help NDIS participants reach their goals. Similarly, just because a provider is NDIS registered doesn’t guarantee they’ll meet your personal standards of support and customer service.

That’s why before you choose any provider – whether they’re registered or unregistered – we recommend you do a bit of research and find out if they are right for you. This can be meeting them for a casual chat, looking at online reviews, asking about their formal qualifications, or even getting a support coordinator to help you make your choice.