Quad bikes

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

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.

To find out more about your eligibility or to access the application form, visit NSW Farmers Association. You can also read the frequently asked questions.

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 100 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.

Child safety

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.

Epidemiological study

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.

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