Quad bike safety improvement program FAQs

The NSW quad bike safety improvement program was launched in June 2016 and includes a small business safety rebate and training package.

Read the information below to find out more information about the NSW quad bike safety improvement program.

Rebate and training package

Do I need to be a member of the NSW Farmers Association to access the quad bike safety rebate?

No. The rebate package is open to all NSW farmers and their workers that meet the eligibility criteria.

How will the rebates help the NSW farming community?

The rebate package will help farming businesses and farm workers adopt a range of safety solutions that will make it safer to use quad bikes on their farm.

Eligible farmers will be able to access two rebates worth up to $1,000 each and farm workers can access a helmet rebate worth up to $90.

What does the rebate package cover?

Farmers:

  • Up to $1000 for each agricultural side-by-side vehicle (SSV)
  • Up to $500 for each Quadbar ™ or ATV Lifeguard Operator Protective Device (OPD)
  • Up to $90 for each helmet compliant to AS/NZS1698:2006, NZS8600:2002, UNECE22.05

Farm workers:

  • Up to $90 for a helmet compliant to AS/NZS1698:2006, NZS8600:2002, UNECE22.05

Who is eligible for the rebates?

Farming business owners that satisfy the relevant criteria below are eligible to receive two rebates each valued at up to $1,000 each and access to the free regional and remote training program.

Anyone who works for an eligible farmer is also eligible for a place in the free regional and remote training program, which comes with a compliant helmet. They can also access a helmet rebate worth $90. It doesn’t matter what type of work you do, as long as you are employed by an eligible farmer and use a quad bike at work, you can access the free training package and helmet rebate.

Note: applicants must undertake an eligible educative interaction with SafeWork NSW on quad bike safety in rural workplaces prior to the purchase of eligible safety solutions.

Person operating an agricultural business
registered in NSW

Worker of a person operating an agricultural business
registered in NSW

  • I have 0-20 full time equivalent (FTE) workers
  • Farming is my main source of income
  • I own a quad bike that is used for work purposes
  • I am not an employee of SafeWork NSW or NSW Farmers Association
  • I live in NSW
  • I am employed by a person operating a business registered in NSW
  • Farming is the main source of income for the person operating this business
  • This business has 0-20 full time equivalent workers
  • The person operating this business lives within NSW
  • I use a quad bike as part of my employment
  • I am not an employee of SafeWork NSW or NSW Farmers Association

Is the quad bike safety rebate means tested?

No. The quad bike safety rebate is not means tested. There is no requirement to supply any information about your income or assets when you complete the quad bike safety rebate application form.

How do I apply for the rebates?

Applicants must attend an eligible educative interaction with SafeWork NSW on quad bike safety in rural workplaces prior to the purchase of eligible safety solutions.

There are four easy steps to claim a rebate:

  1. Talk to us at a safety event, request a free safety advisory visit, participate in the quad bike webinar or undertake training through Tocal College or an authorised RTO.
  2. Select from the list any number of items eligible for the rebate, up to the value of $1,000 per application for farming business owners (maximum of two rebate applications), or one helmet for workers, up to the value of $90.
  3. Complete the online application form.
  4. Attach your paid tax invoices and other required documentation.

How long will I have to submit my application?

Applicants have four months to submit their applications following their attendance at an eligible educative interaction, however funds are limited.

Applicants will also be offered the opportunity to pre-register their interest in rebate solutions, effectively ‘holding’ the funds for 60 days to allow them the opportunity to attend an eligible educative interaction and purchase eligible rebated items. If applicants fail to submit their application forms within the 60 day timeframe, the funds will be ‘unfrozen’ and returned to the remaining pool of funds.

For more information, please visit NSW Farmers Association.

How long will the package be available for? What happens after this time?

This rebate package is funds limited. This means that once funds are exhausted, the rebates will no longer be available.

What is an eligible educative interaction?

There are many simple ways to undertake the interaction including:

  • get along to a Farm Safety Day run by SafeWork NSW or one of its program partners
  • visit the SafeWork NSW stand at an Agricultural Field Day or regional event
  • request a free on-farm Workplace Advisory Visit and we will come to you
  • participate in the online quad bike webinar
  • attend a free training event through Tocal College or an authorised RTO.

The NSW Farmers Association has a list of eligible educative interactions.

What happens if I lodged a claim before the increase on 9 March 2017?

If you made a claim prior to 9 March 2017, you will automatically be credited additional funds equivalent to the new rebate.

You can also submit a second claim up to $1000 for additional safety items purchased on or after 9 March 2017, should you wish. You do not need to complete another eligible educative interaction.

Safe use

Where can I find more about the safe use of quad bikes in rural workplaces?

SafeWork NSW is partnering with a number of organisations within the NSW farming community to help keep farmers safe on their quad bikes. This includes promoting important safety messages associated with ageing riders, children under the age of 16, vehicle selection and the carriage of passengers.

To find out more, visit our farming webpage for relevant videos and publications or follow us on social media.

Will fitting an after market accessory to my quad bike void my manufacturer's warranty or my consumer guarantees?

Quad bikes, like most purchases under $40,000 come with a set of consumer guarantees under the Australian Consumer Law, that they will work and do what you asked for. One of the consumer guarantees is that the quad bike must be of acceptable quality, that is:

  • safe, lasting, with no faults
  • looks acceptable
  • does all the things someone would normally expect them to do.

If something goes wrong with the quad bike that is not your fault and is beyond normal wear and tear, you are entitled to a remedy from the retailer and/or manufacturer and this right cannot be taken away from you.  Your quad bike manufacturer may also provide you with a written warranty against defects, known as a manufacturer’s warranty. In addition to your consumer guarantees under the Australian Consumer Law, the warranty will promise that:

  • goods will be free from defects for a certain period of time
  • defects will entitle the consumer to repair, replacement or refund.

When goods covered by a warranty against defects fail to meet a consumer guarantee, a consumer can insist the manufacturer honours the warranty.

Fitting an after-market accessory to a quad bike may limit your rights under the consumer guarantees or manufacturer warranty in some circumstances but should not completely void them.

Fitting an inappropriate after-market accessory to your quad bike or fitting it in the wrong way should only limit your rights in relation to the parts you damaged, or the negative consequences of fitting the after-market accessory. For example, drilling a hole through the body of the quad bike should not void your right to a repair for a defect in the engine.

For more information about consumer guarantees, warranties against defects, and your rights about repairs, refund and replacements, contact NSW Fair Trading on 13 32 20.

Safer vehicles in workplaces

What is a side-by-side vehicle?

A side by side vehicle (SSV) for the purpose of this program is one designed for use in an agricultural environment, and fitted as standard with operator protective devices including a roll bar and three point seat belt/belts. The program excludes SSVs that are designed for recreation/sport and children.

The findings of the world-first research into quad bike safety released in 2015 by the University of New South Wales Transport and Road Safety (UNSW TARS) also found that SSVs are a more stable vehicle in comparison to quad bikes.

Please see the list of eligible vehicles.

Do I need to trade in a quad bike to be eligible for the rebate on a new side-by-side vehicle (SSV)?

No. All purchases of new agricultural SSVs are eligible for the rebate (providing you meet the eligible criteria) regardless of whether you are trading in an existing vehicle or not.

How can SSVs help NSW farmers provide safer workplaces?

Agricultural SSVs are just as versatile as quad bikes when used for farming activities. Consider whether an SSV would be a safer alternative for your workplace.

Refer to the farm vehicle pre-purchase checklist for more information.

How do farmers select the right vehicle for the task?

The safest vehicle is the one best suited to the job. Before you buy a quad bike, talk to your vehicle dealer about your own farming situation and read the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations to ensure that the vehicle is suitable for the task and circumstance. This includes considering the following elements:

  • work to be undertaken on-farm
  • carriage of goods
  • ground conditions
  • rider capability, and
  • towing requirements

What else is being done to help farmers select the right vehicle for the task?

The NSW Government, in collaboration with other states and territories, is currently looking into the development of an Australian Terrain Vehicle Assessment Program for quad bikes and side-by-side vehicles (SSVs) similar to the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). This would provide consumers with advice about the relative safety of quad bikes and SSVs that are intended to be used in the workplace.

This work is ongoing and updates will be provided as they occur.

Does SafeWork NSW have any information to help me?

In collaboration with the Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities (HWSA), we have developed a farm vehicle pre-purchase checklist to assist farmers in selecting the right vehicle for the task.

Operator protective devices (OPDs)

What is an OPD and how can it help?

An operator protective device (OPD), also referred to as a crush protection device (CPD), is an engineered attachment that is fitted to a quad bike. They are designed to help protect riders from crush related injuries in the event of a rollover.

Independent research notes that fitment of OPDs to quad bikes are likely to offer a net safety benefit in low speed crashes typical of most on-farm use.

Training

Why should quad bike users attend training?

Before using a quad bike for farm work you must provide anyone who will operate it with the information, training, instruction or supervision necessary to protect them and others from associated risks.

Quad bike training helps operators understand the risks associated with using a quad bike. Training can be workplace or task specific and may include general training provided by a training provider, supplier or manufacturer.

What training is available for farmers and their workers?

SafeWork NSW is partnering with Tocal College to deliver up to 100 free training events in regional and remote areas across NSW.

From 8 May 2017, free training is also available through authorised Registered Training Organisations (RTOs).

Eligible participants who undertake training with Tocal College or an authorised RTO also receive a free compliant helmet.

The Unit of Competency (UOC) AHCMOM212 – Operate quad bikes is a nationally recognised qualification that provides farmers, their families and workers the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their skills in maintaining and operating quad bikes in rural workplaces.

This training counts as an eligible educative interaction.

Check your eligibility and find an authorised RTO.

What happens if I already paid for training?

If you completed training with Tocal College or claimed a training rebate before the free training package was introduced on 8 May 2017, your course fees will be refunded and you will be provided a compliant helmet. You will be contacted to arrange your refund and delivery of your helmet.

What is a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and how do I get one?

All students doing nationally recognised training need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Creating a USI will only take a few minutes and it is free. You only need to create a USI once and it will stay with you for life. After you create your USI, you then need to give it to each training organisation you train with when you enrol.

Although most students create their own USIs, some training organisations will be able to create a USI for you, with your permission.

Find out more by visiting the USI website.

Helmets

Why should helmets be worn by quad bike operators?

Helmets are an important piece of safety equipment for quad bike operators that can save lives in the event of a rollover or other incident.

We recognise some farmers find the current helmets that comply with AS/NZS 1698 can be too hot, too heavy, awkward to wear, lack sun protection and cut off hearing and/or peripheral vision.

To increase the current rates of helmet use by quad bike operators on-farm, we are encouraging farmers to review the current helmets on the market that comply with applicable standards and select the helmet that best suits their needs.

What helmets are available for those that use quad bikes on-farm?

Helmets that comply with the following standards are appropriate for use by farmers that operate quad bikes in off-road environments:

  • AS/NZS 1698:2006 – Protective helmets for vehicle users
  • NZS 8600:2002 – All-terrain vehicle helmets
  • UNECE22.05 – Protective helmets and their visors for drivers and passengers of motorcycles and mopeds

Data collection

What is being done to improve data collection methods around quad bike incidents?

In early 2016 we engaged the University of New South Wales Transport and Road Safety (UNSW TARS), who delivered world-leading research into quad bike safety in 2015, to undertake an independent survey study to determine the efficacy of OPDs as well as helmets compliant with NZS 8600:2002. The outcomes of this research are expected to be handed down in late 2017. You can participate in the survey by the UNSW TARS.

We have also been working in collaboration with NSW Police on the development of a checklist for first responders to quad bike incidents. The checklist contains essential information that will improve future quad bike safety.

Raising awareness

What is being done to increase awareness of quad bike safety?

A comprehensive communications campaign covering television, print, radio and social media is underway across regional NSW to keep quad bike safety front of mind and ensure farmers are aware of the rebates on offer.