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Media Release - State funds training to keep farmers safe

Farmers across the region have welcomed the announcement that rebates are now available for quad bike training at TAFE New England campuses throughout the New England and North West.

SafeWork NSW have introduced the NSW Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program which will entitle eligible farmers, and their workers, up to $500 to implement harm prevention measures in the workplace.

There are four rebates available which includes:


  • Up to $310 toward the cost of quad bike training. To qualify, the participant needs to provide proven attendance and completion of the Unit of Competency (UOC) AHCMOM212– Operate quad bikes delivered by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) in NSW
  • Up to $250 towards the purchase of either the Quadbar ™ Operator Protective Device (OPD) or ATV Lifeguard OPD
  • Up to $500 to purchase a side-by-side vehicle
  • Up to $45 to purchase a helmet compliant with NZS 8600:2002, AS/NZS 1698:2006 and/or UNECE22.05.


TAFE New England Business Relationship Consultant, Janelle McCosker, said “Since 2001, there have been more than 220 deaths across Australia, as a result of unsafe practices on quad bikes.

TAFE New England is committed to providing training, across all industries, to ensure that injuries and deaths as a result of unsafe work practices are minimised”.

The Statement of Attainment in Operate Quad Bike (Four Wheeled) is now available for study in Armidale, Bingara and Moree.