Quad bike safety improvement program FAQs

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.

From 27 February 2019, the quad bike safety rebate will include one drone rebate per eligible business. 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, totalling up to $2,000, and farm workers can access a helmet rebate worth up to $90.

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 long will I have to submit my application?

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

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 interaction?

These are specific events operated or supported by SafeWork NSW where an interaction occurs between SafeWork NSW and a farming business about quad bike safety.

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 safety webinar
  • attend a free quad bike or side-by-side training event through Tocal College.

The NSW Farmers Association has a list of eligible interactions.

How do I access rebates at point of purchase?

In some circumstances, rebates for eligible safety solutions can be deducted from the purchase price at the time you are buying these items. This reduces the out of pocket cost and removes the need for farmers to complete and lodge paperwork to NSW Farmers Association.

Side by side vehicles: Approved dealers will check your eligibility for a rebate and then complete and lodge the necessary rebate paperwork with NSW Farmers Association as part of the sales process. They will deduct your rebate value from the purchase price.

You will be asked to sign the rebate application form acknowledging the terms and conditions and that you have received your rebate in this way.

Current approved dealers:

  • Polaris Industries Australia

If you are a dealer who would like to be added to the approved dealer list, contact 13 10 50 or quadbikesafety@safework.nsw.gov.au.

Operator Protective Devices: Approved OPD dealers will give details of how farmers can receive their rebate at the time you are buying an OPD. Farmers or dealers will call NSW Farmers Association on 1300 794 000 to provide their ABN and confirm their rebate eligibility.

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, call is on 13 10 50 or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

Does 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.

Can I claim the rebate on a second-hand SSV?

No. You cannot claim a rebate on the purchase of a second- hand SSV. However, a supplier's demonstrator model is classified as a new vehicle for the purposes of the rebate.

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.

What OPDs are approved for the rebate?

For OPDs to be eligible and approved for the NSW quad bike safety rebate program the device must have sufficient design and testing documentation and be independently tested by a competent person overseen by a qualified engineer.

There are currently two devices which are eligible for the rebate:

The rebate does not cover OPD installation.

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 has partnered with Tocal College to deliver up to 375 free training events for quad bikes and 45 free training events for side by side vehicles in regional and remote areas across NSW.

Eligible participants who undertake the quad bike training with Tocal College 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.

The UOC AHCMOM216 – Operate side by side utility vehicles, is a new one day, side by side vehicle training course that covers safe operation of vehicles as well as risk and hazard identification. This course is also offered to eligible farmers at no cost but farmers who complete the side by side UOC will not receive a free helmet.

Both training courses count as eligible interactions.

Check your eligibility and register your interest in both training courses at Tocal College.

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.

Can eligible farmers and their workers attend both the quad bike and side by side training courses at no cost?

Yes, eligible farmers can attend both the quad bike and side-by-side vehicle training at no cost. Get a group of six and Tocal College will bring the training to you.

Do farmers need to have their own quad bike or a side by side vehicle to attend the free quad bike or side-by-side vehicle safety training offered by Tocal College UOC AHCMOM216 Operate side by side utility vehicles?

No, it is not necessary to own a quad bike or side by side vehicle as a pre-requisite to attending this training. If you are planning to purchase a side-by-side vehicle in the future then undertaking the training beforehand is worthwhile.

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 rate of helmet use by quad bike operators on-farm, we encourage farmers to review the current helmets available 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

* Helmets compliant with the New Zealand Standard 8600:2002 are available for use on quad bikes at low speed (not exceeding 30 kilometres per hour).

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 took place across regional NSW during 2017 to keep quad bike safety front of mind and ensure farmers are aware of the rebates on offer.

During June 2019 a second advertising campaign, Quad bikes kill, encouraged farmers to install roll bars (operator protective devices) on their quad bikes.

Why has SafeWork NSW added drones to the quad bike safety rebates?

SafeWork NSW is encouraging the uptake of drones on farms for harm prevention by including specific new drones as an eligible safety solution under the existing quad bike safety improvement program. Drones have the potential to reduce harms and improve safety by reducing quad bike usage as well as increase farming efficiency.

Is the drone rebate an additional rebate on top of the existing quad bike safety rebates?

No, the drone rebate is a new eligible item under the existing quad bike safety rebate program. Up to two rebates totalling $2,000 are available to eligible NSW farmers. Only one new drone can be claimed under quad bike safety improvement program rebate program.

How can drones improve safety on farms?

SafeWork NSW advocates that farmers choose the right tool for the task and drones have a role as the right tool for many farm tasks as they can reduce the high risk of injury in using quad bikes and other vehicles in performing those tasks. Camera-equipped drones are suited to tasks that include property inspections, checking on fences, dams and stock, silo inspections, weed control and mustering.

Who is eligible for a drone rebate?

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.

Can I claim more than one drone under the quad bike safety improvement program rebate?

No. Only one drone per eligible business can be claimed under the Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program.

What is the rebate amount?

A rebate of up to $500 is payable for the purchase of a new drone from a list of eligible models.

When does the drone rebate commence?

Farmers will be able to apply for the drone component of the program from 27 February 2019. The rebates are not retrospective for purchases made prior to this date.

What are the eligible drone models available for the rebate?
Sub-2kg eligible drones

Over 2kg eligible drones

  • DJI Phantom
  • DJI Mavic
  • DJI Mavic Mini
  • Parrot Anafi
  • Parrot Bebop
  • Parrot Disco
  • Yuneec
  • FIMI X8 SE
  • DJI Inspire
  • DJI Matrice (200, 210)
  • Xaircraft (P10, P20, P30)

The market is changing quickly. If you have a model to be considered for the eligibility list, contact 13 10 50 or quadbikesafety@safework.nsw.gov.au.

What requirements need to be met prior to claiming a drone rebate?

Rebate applicants are required to comply with all current program terms and conditions as well as own an existing quad bike or side-by-side vehicle. Farmers are required to provide an aviation reference number (ARN) with Civil Aviation Safety Authority. The drone must not weigh more than 25kg and must be used for business purposes on your farm.

What is an Aviation Reference Number (ARN)?

An ARN is similar to an account or customer number. You will need an ARN if you hold, or intend to hold, any licence, permission or authorisation with CASA, visit the CASA website for more information.

How long are the drone rebates available for?

The Program will evaluate the addition of drones six months from implementation (September 2019) and make any refinements accordingly.

Can farmers who have already claimed two rebates of up to $1,000 now claim a drone rebate?

No, farmers who have already received two rebates of up to $1,000 each under the Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program rebate are not eligible to claim an additional rebate against the purchase of a drone. Contact NSW Farmers Association on 1300 794 000 to check if you have expended your rebate entitlement under the Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program.

Drones

Why has SafeWork NSW added drones to the quad bike safety rebates?

SafeWork NSW is encouraging the uptake of drones on farms for harm prevention by including specific new drones as an eligible safety solution under the existing quad bike safety improvement program. Drones have the potential to reduce harms and improve safety by reducing quad bike usage as well as increase farming efficiency.

Is the drone rebate an additional rebate on top of the existing quad bike safety rebates?

No, the drone rebate is a new eligible item under the existing quad bike safety rebate program. Up to two rebates totalling $2,000 are available to eligible NSW farmers. Only one new drone can be claimed under quad bike safety improvement program rebate program.

How can drones improve safety on farms?

SafeWork NSW advocates that farmers choose the right tool for the task and drones have a role as the right tool for many farm tasks as they can reduce the high risk of injury in using quad bikes and other vehicles in performing those tasks. Camera-equipped drones are suited to tasks that include property inspections, checking on fences, dams and stock, silo inspections, weed control and mustering.

Who is eligible for a drone rebate?

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.

Can I claim more than one drone under the quad bike safety improvement program rebate?

No. Only one drone per eligible business can be claimed under the Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program.

What is the rebate amount?

A rebate of up to $500 is payable for the purchase of a new drone from a list of eligible models.

When does the drone rebate commence?

Farmers will be able to apply for the drone component of the program from 27 February 2019. The rebates are not retrospective for purchases made prior to this date.

What are the eligible drone models available for the rebate?
Sub-2kg eligible drones

Over 2kg eligible drones

  • DJI Phantom
  • DJI Mavic
  • DJI Mavic Mini
  • Parrot Anafi
  • Parrot Bebop
  • Parrot Disco
  • Yuneec
  • FIMI X8 SE
  • DJI Inspire
  • DJI Matrice (200, 210)
  • Xaircraft (P10, P20, P30)

The market is changing quickly. If you have a model to be considered for the eligibility list, contact 13 10 50 or quadbikesafety@safework.nsw.gov.au.

What requirements need to be met prior to claiming a drone rebate?

Rebate applicants are required to comply with all current program terms and conditions as well as own an existing quad bike or side-by-side vehicle. Farmers are required to provide an aviation reference number (ARN) with Civil Aviation Safety Authority. The drone must not weigh more than 25kg and must be used for business purposes on your farm.

What is an Aviation Reference Number (ARN)?

An ARN is similar to an account or customer number. You will need an ARN if you hold, or intend to hold, any licence, permission or authorisation with CASA, visit the CASA website for more information.

How long are the drone rebates available for?

The Program will evaluate the addition of drones six months from implementation (September 2019) and make any refinements accordingly.

Can farmers who have already claimed two rebates of up to $1,000 now claim a drone rebate?

No, farmers who have already received two rebates of up to $1,000 each under the Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program rebate are not eligible to claim an additional rebate against the purchase of a drone. Contact NSW Farmers Association on 1300 794 000 to check if you have expended your rebate entitlement under the Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program.

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