The NSW Government expanded a multi-million dollar education program that includes a free helmet for farmers who complete an approved training course. The helmet is worth around $120, and suitable for use while riding a quad bike. The changes represent a further saving to farmers of up to $230.
From 8th May, free training has been available through authorised Registered Training Organisations. SafeWork NSW has part- nered with Tocal College to deliver up to 100 training events in regional and remote areas across NSW. Previously, farmers attending an approved training course (costing up to $510) received a rebate of $310.
It comes in addition to existing safety rebates, which were doubled in March this year for farmers who want to buy a safer side-by-side farm vehicle, retrofit safety equipment to existing quad bikes, and/or buy an approved helmet.
Minister for Innovation and Better Regu- lation, Matthew Kean, said boosting training opportunities was vital. Over 200 people have taken up the training course to date.
“That’s why we’re rolling out a free train- ing package and a free helmet for those who access the training package, saving farmers up to $230 and making sure that they’re safe in the workplace,” said Minister for Innova- tion and Better Regulation, Matthew Kean.
Four people have been killed in quad bike accidents across the state so far this year, including a six-year-old girl.