WorkSafe Victoria and the Victorian Farmers Federation recently released further details on the Victorian Government’s $6 million quad bike safety rebate scheme.
The scheme, which was announced last month by Premier Daniel Andrews, will apply to purchases made from 1 September, 2016.
Eligible farmers will be able to claim their rebate from 1 October.
The Victorian Government is offering rebates of or up to $600 for the purchase of a rollover protection device for a quad bike or up to $1200 for the purchase of a safer vehicle such as a side-by-side vehicle (SSV) or a small utility vehicle (SUV).
“I encourage all eligible farmers to use the rebate to fit an appropriate rollover protection device to their quad bike, or consider buying another vehicle so that they, their families and their workers can stay safe,” said Victorian Minister for Finance, Robin Scott.
WorkSafe’s acting executive director of health and safety, Melinda Collinson, said quad bikes were an important farm tool but the risk of rollover was high.
“Fitting a rollover protection device, or choosing a more appropriate vehicle for the task, will help reduce fatalities and serious injuries on Victorian farms,” Collinson said.
Under the scheme, eligible farmers can apply for a rebate of either: $1200 for the purchase of an alternate vehicle such as a side-by-side vehicle (SSV) or a small utility vehicle (SUV), or up to $600 for the purchase of up to two operator protection devices (OPD).
The rebate is available to farmers that: live and operate a business in Victoria; have no more than 19 full-time employees; own a quad bike for work purposes; have farming as their main source of income.
The rebates will be available to claim from 1 October 2016 for safety solutions purchased on or after 1 September 2016.