Register for subsidised quad bike safety training today

On farms, we need transport options that are reliable and versatile. Often quad bikes fit the bill and are a popular choice of transport for farm work.

However, quad bikes are also the leading cause of accidental death and injury in rural Australia. Since 2001, there have been more than 220 farming deaths across Australia involving quad bikes.

Rider-training courses are a great way to reduce injuries on your farm; we should never allow untrained individuals to ride quad bikes.

Together with Tocal College, SafeWork NSW are bringing subsidised quad bike training events to NSW rural and remote areas. These one day courses will be subsidised to the price of just $100 per eligible person (reduced from $410) and will be tailored to the experience level of attendees.

The courses are a chance for you and your employees to get quad safe in a one day practical course – register for your course today.

Steven Honeywood, the trainer from Tocal College, said that as well as operating quad bikes safely, the course will also cover WHS issues, active riding techniques and training on how to load and secure quads onto trailers and trucks.

The accredited course will see participants awarded with a unit of competency which demonstrates that they know how to operate a quad bike safely. The course is an approved event and enables participants to get funding from SafeWork NSW for safer operation of quad bikes.

“The course allows employees to show a duty of care and due diligence for their employees. Quad bikes are a major risk on farms and people working on them need to be trained properly and safely on quad bike use,” Steven said.

Take a look at the list of dates for the subsidised quad training events in NSW to find one that suits you.

Always consider these key tips for the safer use of quad bikes on the farm:

  • Importantly, children under the age of 16 should never ride or be a passenger on an adult quad bike
  • Use a pre-purchase checklist to help select the safest vehicle for the different tasks or terrains before purchasing a quad bike. Find a useful checklist here
  • Complete a rider-training course – do not allow untrained people to ride quad bikes
  • Always wear protective gear including an appropriate helmet, goggles, boots, gloves, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt or jacket
  • Treat the quad bike as another work machine, not a vehicle for recreational purposes
  • Do not allow passengers to ride on quad bikes
  • Familiarise yourself with the capabilities and limitations of quad bikes. Ride cautiously and assess terrain before attempting to ride over it. The balance of quad bikes is sensitive and slopes or uneven terrain in addition to weight imbalances are the leading causes of rollover accidents. Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program rebate: SafeWork NSW is also offering rebates of up to $500 towards the purchase of safer farm vehicles, for example a side-by-side vehicle (SSV).  Purchasing either the Quadbar ™ Operator Protective Device (OPD) or ATV Lifeguard OPD (businesses only) will also allow farmers to be reimbursed up to $250 for each OPD purchased. The purchase of helmets compliant with appropriate standards will also encourage rebates of up to $45 for each helmet purchased.  Here is why the NSW farming community think that applying for a safety rebate as part of the NSW Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program is a good thing to do.