The Victorian Government is urging farmers to take advantage of a 12-month extension to a rebate scheme to fit rollover protection on quad bikes, or substitute their bike for a safer alternative.
Eligible quad bike owners now have until 30 September next year to take part in the $6 million scheme.
The scheme provides a $600 rebate to fit rollover protection devices to existing quad bikes, or $1200 towards safer substitute vehicles, such as side-by-sides.
The Quad Bike Safety Rebate Program was introduced in 2016. Since the commencement of the program, more than 2,340 quad bikes have been fitted with rollover protection devices.
A further 1,600 subsidies have been given to farmers and other employers to help pay for substitute vehicles.
The extension means that the $2.4 million remaining in the fund, which is managed by the Victorian Farmers Federation in conjunction with WorkSafe, will be able to be accessed
Minister for Finance Robin Scott said WorkSafe was now enforcing safety measures to prevent deaths and serious injuries through quad bike rollover.
“Farms are Victoria’s most deadly workplaces, and we strongly encourage anyone who is eligible for the rebate, but has not taken it up, to consider it now,” Mr. Scott said.