Quad bikes

Quad bikes are a popular farm vehicle. However, since 2001 there have been more than 220 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

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 time and funds limited small business quad bike safety package to reduce tragedies and injuries on NSW farms.

The NSW government will be offering rebates of up to $500 towards the purchase of compliant helmets, Operator Protective Devices, the purchase of a safer vehicle and undertaking training courses tailored to farmers.

For more information about your eligibility, click here or read the frequently asked questions.

Epidemiological study

In response to a NSW coroners 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 NZ 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.

Further information

Download the quad bike safety – what you need to know poster for more information.

Read the child safety on farms fact sheet.