NSW Quad bike safety rebate commences

As recently outlined in the NSW Budget, $2 million has been set aside for the Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program. Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, Victor Dominello, revealed details of the Program at the NSW Farmers Annual Conference. The Program is made up of a series of regional training events and around $1.5 million for quad bike safety rebates.

The quad bike safety rebate program offers up to $500 for small farming businesses in NSW for purchasing one or a combination of the eligible four safety solutions:

  • Up to $310 toward the cost of quad bike training at existing RTO in NSW.
  • Up to $250 towards the purchase of either the Quadbar ™ Operator Protective Device (OPD) or ATV Lifeguard OPD.
  • Up to $500 to purchase a side-by-side vehicle.
  • Up to $45 to purchase a helmet compliant with NZS 8600:2002, AS/NZS 1698:2006 and/or UNECE22.05.

In addition, each worker of qualifying businesses can also access the rebate program for training and purchasing of one suitable helmet.

There are up to 6530 distinct rebates available, with maximum rebated amount applicable for each safety solution.

Farmers must attend an eligible educative interaction with SafeWork NSW before purchasing the safety solutions to qualify for the rebates, similar to the small business rebate program. Eligible educative interactions are specific events operated or supported by SafeWork NSW including Farm Safety Days, Agricultural Field Days and Safety Advisory Visits conducted by SafeWork NSW Officers. These interactions are approximately 30 minutes in length and typically involve discussion and/or consultations with SafeWork NSW staff on quad bike safety relevant to your business.

NSW Farmers has been successful in securing the role as the rebate program’s administrator, which means that we will be performing the processing of incoming applications. For more information about the rebate program, please refer to http://www.nswfarmers.org.au/nsw-quad-bike-safety-improvement-program

Details of the regional training events will be announced by SafeWork NSW in the near future once they are finalised.

There is no better time than now to review the safety issues relating to quad bike use on farm if you have one. 

Contact: NSW Farmers

Phone: 1300 794 000

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