Farmers will now receive free quad bike training in a major boost to the safety improvement program aimed at significantly reducing the number of deaths on rural properties across NSW.
Locally, the most recent death was a six-year-old girl on a farm near Pilliga in March after a crash on a quad bike being driven by a 13-year-old girl.
SafeWork NSW has partnered with Tocal College to deliver up to 100 training events in regional and remote areas across NSW. From May 8, free training will also be available through authorised Registered Training Organisations. Eligible farmers and their workers who complete this training also receive a compliant helmet.
Farmers can apply for two rebates up to the value of $2000, if they have more than one quad bike.
In March this year the government doubled the rebates available under the scheme for farmers to buy a safer side-by-side vehicle, retrofit safety equipment to existing quads, or buy an approved helmet. See SafeWork.nsw.gov.au for more information.