The Victorian Government’s $6million rollover protection scheme has seen more than 1500 quad bikes across the state fitted with safety devices.
More than 1580 quad bikes have had rollover protection devices fitted since October 2016, with a further 1034 grants to help farmers buy more terrain-appropriate vehicles.
‘‘Our quad bike rebate scheme is making Victoria’s farms safer and saving lives,’’ Victorian Finance Minister Rob Scott said.
‘‘For farmers, their employees are often their loved ones, so safety always must come first,’’ Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford said.
More than $2.3million in rebates have been provided since the scheme began, which forms part of an ongoing WorkSafe campaign to reduce the number of deaths on Victorian farms.
The rebate has so far proved most popular with beef and sheep farmers, while dairy farmers have accounted for 21 per cent of applicants.
Farmers who have not yet taken up the rebate are encouraged to do so before WorkSafe begins new compliance activities early next year to reduce the risks associated with quad bike rollovers.
The quad bike rebate scheme was announced by the Andrews Government last year and is managed by the VFF in partnership with WorkSafe.
Eligible farmers are offered $600 to fit a rollover protection device on their existing quad bike, or $1200 towards the cost of buying a more appropriate work vehicle.
■For more information and details on how to apply, go to: worksafe.vic.gov.au/farmsafety