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.

Quad bike safety rebate

SafeWork NSW is 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.

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 rebate

A rebate of up to $310 is also available toward the cost of completing the Unit of Competency (UOC) AHCMOM212 – Operate quad bikes, delivered by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) in NSW. Find out more about your eligibility.

Rural and remote quad bike training events

SafeWork NSW have partnered with Tocal College to bring 100 subsidised quad bike training events to rural and remote areas across NSW. Dates and locations for these events are listed below.

To register, visit Tocal College.

South region


1 February 2017


8 February 2017

14 June 2017


15 February 2017


15 March 2017

Wagga Wagga

19 June 2017

West Wylong

29 March 2017


28 June 2017

West region


12 April 2017


3 May 2017


17 May 2017

Willcannia/Broken Hill

31 May 2017

New England, North Coast


10 March2017

23 March 2017

Glen Innes

8 February 2017


9 March 2017


6 April 2017


7 April 2017


20, 21 March 2017

4,5 April 2017


22 March 2017


6,7 February 2017


24 March 2017

Sydney, Hunter, Central Coast


18 January 2017

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.

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