Quad bikes

Quad bikes are a popular farm vehicle. However, since 2001 there have been more than 240 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 PDF, 760.38 KB offers support to NSW farmers to undertake harm prevention activities associated with on-farm use of quad bikes.

The program includes a small business quad bike safety rebate and training package PDF, 220.45 KB to reduce deaths and injuries on NSW farms. To find out more, you can also read the frequently asked questions.

Quad bike safety rebate

We are offering two rebates, totalling up to $2,000 towards the purchase of a safer side-by-side vehicles, operator protective devices and compliant helmets. The rebate can also be used to purchase one drone providing the applicant already owns and uses a quad bike or side-by-side vehicle on their property.

What does the rebate package cover?

Farmers:
  • Up to $2,000 for an agricultural side-by-side vehicle (SSV)
  • Up to $600 for each Quadbar ™ or ATV Lifeguard Operator Protective Device (OPD)
  • Up to $500 for a drone
  • 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.

See the terms and conditions of the rebate application form for full requirements.

Who is eligible for the rebates?

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 have completed an eligible interaction with SafeWork 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
  • I have completed an eligible interaction with SafeWork NSW

To be eligible for a drone rebate you must already own an agricultural quad bike or side-by-side vehicle and meet the other terms and conditions of the Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program.

To find out more about your eligibility visit NSW Farmers Association.

How do I apply for the rebates?

To apply for a rebate applicants must attend an eligible interaction with SafeWork NSW on quad bike safety prior to the purchase of any eligible safety solutions.

There are five easy steps to apply for a rebate:

  1. Check your eligibility using the eligibility checklist above
  2. Attend an eligible interaction with SafeWork NSW by:
  3. Select a safety solution that is eligible for the rebate program
    • Claim up to $2,000 per eligible farming business owner
    • Farm workers can claim one helmet each up to the value of $90
  4. Visit NSW Farmers Association and fill out the application form
    • Note: Application forms must be submitted within 6 months of attending an eligible interaction. After this, you will need to attend a new eligible interaction.
  5. Attach your paid tax invoices along with any other required documentation to your application and submit it to the NSW Farmers Association either by email or Australia Post.

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.

Regional and remote quad bike and side-by-side vehicle training events

SafeWork NSW has partnered with Tocal College to deliver free one-day training events in regional and remote locations across NSW.

Unit of Competency (UOC):AHCMOM212, Operate quad bikes. Course participants will also receive a compliant helmet.

AHCMOM216, Operate side by side utility vehicles.

Attendance at one of these training events acts as an eligible interaction and gives eligible businesses and/or their workers access to the quad bike safety rebates on offer. If you organise six participants, Tocal will come to you.

For further information visit Tocal College.

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 $2,000 in total
  • 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.

We have plenty of information specifically related to keeping children safe around quad bikes on farms in our Farming section.

You can download the ‘how many hazards?’ activity sheet to help teach your child about how to stay safe on-farm.

Market research

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.

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.

Quad bike safety research

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