Eligible Victorian farmers will be offered up to $600 each for up to two quad bikes to fit rollover protection (known as an operator protection device, or OPD), or $1200 towards the cost of buying a more appropriate work vehicle under a $6 million rebate scheme announced by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews at the Victorian Farmers Federation annual conference in Melbourne last week.
WorkSafe’s Executive Director of Health and Safety, Marnie Williams, said the scheme supported WorkSafe’s decision earlier this year to include appropriately fitted rollover protection devices to its list of approved safety measures aimed at reducing the risks associated with quad bike use.
“This rebate scheme is designed to encourage farmers to fit an appropriate rollover protection device, or consider buying another vehicle so that they, their families and their workers can stay safe,” Ms Williams said. “We have no doubt that this will save lives.”
“These are tough economic times for many farmers and they simply cannot afford to be injured - or worse - and not be able to work and look after their families. So WorkSafe encourages every eligible farmer to make use of this rebate.”
For Victorian businesses to be eligible they must have no more than 19 employees, and agriculture must be their primary source of income. Farmers with no employees will also be eligible if they are based in Victoria and agriculture is their primary source of income.
The rebates will be offered on a first in, first served basis.
The rebate will be administered by the VFF. To learn more visit http://www.vff.org.au/vff/Media_Centre/Latest_News/Media2016/VFF_gains__6m_in_Quad_Bike_rebates_to_protect_our_farmers.aspx