Victorian farmers urged to apply for quad bike rebate scheme

Victoria’s quad bike scheme is making farmers safer with hundreds of quad bikes across the state being fitted with the rollover protection since the Victorian government’s $ 6 million scheme came into effect.

Over 1,580 quad bikes have had rollover protection fitted since October 2016, with a further 1,034 grants to help farmers buy more terrain-appropriate vehicles.

More than $ 2.3 million in rebates have been given since the scheme started, which forms part of an ongoing WorkSafe campaign to reduce the number of deaths on Victorian farms.

“Our quad bike rebate scheme is making Victoria’s farms safer and saving lives,” said Minister for Finance Robin Scott.

“I urge anyone who is eligible for the rebate and has not yet applied to do so immediately. It’s a simple step that will help keep yourself, your family and your employees safe.”

Farmers who have not yet benefitted from the rebate are encouraged to do so before WorkSafe commences new compliance activities early next year to reduce the risks associated with quad bike rollovers.

The rebate scheme was announced by the Labor Government last year and is managed by the Victorian Farmers Federation in partnership with WorkSafe.

Eligible farmers will be 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.

“It’s encouraging to see so many Victorian farmers embrace our quad bike scheme that is making farms safer for all,” said Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford.

“For farmers, their employees are often their loved ones, so safety always must come first.”

More information and details on how to apply is available on http://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/farmsafety

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