NSW: $3.3 million funding for improving farm OHS

Thursday, 3 December, 2020 - 22:00
Policy & legislation
New South Wales

The NSW Government has announced $3.3 million in funding to support safety on NSW farms.

Farms continue to be one of NSW’s most dangerous workplaces and NSW Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation, Kevin Anderson, said the funding will be used both to educate those in the agriculture sector and reduce high-risk activities.

“This year we will be doubling down on quad bike safety by allocating $2.8 million to the quad bike safety improvement program, meaning thousands of dollars in savings for farmers who choose safer equipment for day-to-day use,” Minister Anderson said.

Since the program was introduced in 2016, farmers have been paid rebates for 2543 new side-by-side vehicles and 958 operator protection devices.

Under the rebate program, farmers can claim rebates of up to $2,000 for safer side-by-side vehicles, $600 for rollover protection and $90 for helmets.

“We’re even offering $500 to go towards purchasing a drone, which allows you to check on your stock, fences or dams without having to jump on a quad bike,” Minister Anderson said.

He also announced $500,000 per annum for the four-year farm safety advisory program.

This additional funding will allow SafeWork to continue to work alongside the agriculture industry to provide practical advice and education on a whole host of farm safety issues, he said.