Quad bikes are a popular farm vehicle. However, since 2001 there have been more than 230 deaths across Australia involving quad bikes on farms. If you use, or are considering using a quad bike, find out what you need to do to stay safe.
What you need to do
- before you purchase a quad bike – use the farm vehicle pre-purchase checklist to select the safest vehicle for the task and/or terrain
- consider completing a rider-training course
- ensure accessories are suitable for use with your quad bike
- wear a suitable helmet
- don’t let children under 16 years operate or ride as passengers on adult-sized quad bikes
Quad bikes - keep kids safe competition
Primary and high school children (ages 5 to 16) can enter the Quad bikes are not toys competition by creating a poster, photograph or video on the theme of "Quad bikes are not toys - keep kids safe." You can submit your entry online or post it in. Entries close at 5pm on Friday 2 November 2018.
NSW quad bike safety improvement program
The NSW quad bike safety improvement program offers support to NSW farmers to undertake harm prevention activities associated with on-farm use of quad bikes.
The program includes a funds limited, small business quad bike safety rebate and training package to reduce deaths and injuries on NSW farms. To find out more, you can also read the frequently asked questions.
Quad bike safety rebate
SafeWork NSW is offering two rebates worth up to $1000 each towards the purchase of compliant helmets, Operator Protective Devices and the purchase of a safer side by side vehicle.
Training package - authorised RTOs
Eligible farmers and their workers can access a free one-day quad bike safety training course tailored to the farming community. Course participants also receive a compliant helmet.
The Unit of Competency (UOC) AHCMOM212 – Operate quad bikes, is being delivered by authorised Registered Training Organisations (RTO). Find an authorised RTO and confirm your eligibility.
Attendance at one of these training events acts as an eligible educative interaction and gives eligible businesses and/or their workers access to the rebates on offer.
Regional and remote quad bike training events
SafeWork NSW has partnered with Tocal College to deliver up to 175 free one-day training events in regional and remote locations across NSW. Course participants will also receive a compliant helmet.
Attendance at one of these training events acts as an eligible educative interaction and gives eligible businesses and/or their workers access to the rebates on offer. If you organise six participants, Tocal will come to you.
For further information visit the Tocal College website.
Free webinar on the safe use of quad bikes
The NSW quad bike safety improvement program offers support to NSW farmers to undertake harm prevention activities associated with on-farm use of quad bikes in the workplace.
This webinar aims to help farmers and farm workers adopt a range of safety solutions that will make it safer to use quad bikes on their farm.
An accessible version of this webinar is also available.
By attending this free webinar you may be eligible for the NSW quad bike safety rebate. Farmers can claim two rebates worth up to $1000 each. Farm workers can claim a helmet rebate worth $90.
Quad bikes are a leading cause of death and serious injury to children on Australian farms.
Quad bike manufacturers provide clear labels on quad bikes warning of the dangers to children when riding adult-sized quad bikes.
Keeping children off farm quad bikes is the best way to keep them safe from quad bike-related deaths and serious injuries.
You can download the ‘how many hazards?’ activity sheet to help teach your child about how to stay safe on-farm.
Instinct & Reason was engaged to conduct independent market research to inform the development of the NSW Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program.
In 2016, the researchers surveyed 446 NSW farmers and conducted 16 focus groups and 24 in-depth interviews with farmers in Dubbo, Tamworth. Griffith, Bega, Cooma and Braidwood NSW.
Download the market research.
In 2017, the researchers conducted mid-point research and surveyed 413 NSW farmers and conducted six focus groups and six in-depth interviews with farmers in Wagga Wagga, Crookwell and Orange, NSW. The mid-point research compares findings with baselines established in 2016.
Download the mid-point evaluation report.
In response to a NSW coroner's recommendation, SafeWork NSW has engaged the University of NSW, Transport and Road Safety to undertake an epidemiological study into the efficacy (in-field safety performance) of Operator Protective Devices and helmets manufactured to NZ8600. You can view the study on the University of New South Wales site.
Report on quad bike safety
In 2013, the NSW Government announced a $1.3 million research and testing project into quad bike safety.
You can view the report on the University of New South Wales site.
You can find out more about the testing process by watching the video below.
- NSW Farmers Association quad bike rebate page
- Alive and Well
- Quad bike safety – what you need to know poster
- Child safety on farms fact sheet
- NSW quad bike safety improvement program - snapshot 2017-18
- Farm vehicle pre-purchase checklist
- Side by side vehicles fact sheet
- Quad bikes training fact sheet
- Quad bikes helmet fact sheet
- Quad bikes OPDs fact sheet
- Quad bike RTOs
- Download the quad bike safety – what you need to know poster for more information.
- Read the child safety on farms fact sheet