Quad bike safety $2000 rebate available for NSW farmers

A 10-year-old boy dies after an all-terrain vehicle rolled in NSW in June 10. Photo: Illawarra Mercury
A 10-year-old boy dies after an all-terrain vehicle rolled in NSW in June 10. Photo: Illawarra Mercury

Farmers will be able to claim up to $2000 for side-by-side vehicle and drone purchases under the New South Wales Government's revised Quad Bike Safety program.

Anyone operating an agricultural business and farming is their main source of income can apply for two rebates of up to $1000 for a combination of safety options including:

  • Up to $1000 for each agricultural side-by-side vehicle.
  • Up to $500 for each Quadbar TM or ATV Lifeguard Operator Protective Device.
  • Up to $90 for each helmet.
  • Up to $500 for one drone purchase after February 27, 2019.
  • Workers can also access a rebate for a helmet.

Farmers and workers will need to take part in an educational session before they can apply.

The quickest and easiest way is to take part in the NSW Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program webinar.

Other eligible sessions include joining a Farm Safety Day run by SafeWork NSW, visiting the SafeWork NSW stand at a field day, requesting a free on-farm Workplace Advisory Visit or attending one of the free training events offered by Tocal College.

Member for Goulburn said quad bike safety should not be dependent on whether farmers can afford it.

"Tragically, people are still dying in quad bike accidents that could be prevented with the right safety equipment, training and with more regard to the dangers involved with these powerful vehicles," Mrs Tuckerman said.

Quad bike rollover is a leading cause of death on farms in Australia according to SafeWork.

Between 2011 and 2018 there were 128 quad bike fatalities in Australia.

So far in 2019, there have been nine quad bike fatalities in the country including the death of a ten-year-old boy in NSW.

The introduction of a rebate for drone purchases aims to encourage the use of drones on farms and reduce quad bike usage.

The new rebates will be available from October 1.

The link to the application is available on the NSW Farmers website.

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