Quad Bike Safety Rebate Scheme

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A Quad Bike Safety Rebate Scheme is available to Tasmanian farmers to improve safety on quad bikes. The Tasmanian Government is encouraging relevant workplaces to take part in the rebate scheme to help reduce quad bike injuries and deaths.

The 12-month rebate scheme will allow farmers to claim up to 50% of the purchase price (to a maximum of $500) for an approved operator/rollover/crush protection device, with up to a total of $1,000 available for each eligible farm workplace.

Rebates are available for operator/rollover/crush protection devices purchased from 1 July 2019. However, eligible farmers who purchase a device from 23 May 2019, and can provide valid proof of purchase, may also apply for the rebate from 1 July 2019.

An operator/rollover/crush protection device is an engineered attachment that is fitted to a quad bike. It is designed to help protect riders from crush-related injuries in the event of a rollover.

The device approved for this rebate scheme must have been designed and manufactured in accordance with approved engineering standards and independently tested to be eligible for the rebate. There are currently two devices which are eligible for the rebate: they are the Quadbar™ and the ATV Lifeguard.

Eligibility to apply for a rebate will be limited to businesses who operate a business in Tasmania and have no more than 20 full-time employees; own a quad bike for work purposes; and have farming as their main source of income.

Q. Why is the Tasmanian Government introducing a quad bike safety rebate?

The Tasmanian Government is encouraging relevant workplaces to take part in the rebate scheme for approved operator/rollover/crush devices to help reduce quad bike injuries and deaths.

Q. Who is eligible to apply for a rebate?

The rebate is available to workplaces that:

  • have farming as their main source of income
  • operate a business in Tasmania
  • have no more than 20 full-time employees
  • own a quad bike for work purposes.

Farmers who are owner-operators with no employees are also eligible to apply.

Q. How is ‘farming’ defined?

A ‘farmer’ is a primary producer, as defined by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). According to the ATO, a primary producer is an individual, partnership, trust or company operating a primary production business. This rebate applies to primary producers who operate a business of animal or plant cultivation. Animal and plant cultivation includes:

  • maintaining animals for the purpose of selling them or their bodily produce
  • manufacturing dairy produce from raw material that you produced
  • cultivating or propagating plants, fungi or their products or parts (including seeds, spores, bulbs and similar things) in any physical environment.

Q. What is an operator/rollover/crush protection device and how can it help?

An operator/rollover/crush protection device is an engineered attachment that is fitted to a quad bike. It is designed to help protect riders from crush-related injuries in the event of a rollover.

Q. What are the approved operator/rollover/crush protection devices I can get a rebate for?

Eligible workplaces can apply for a rebate of up to 50% of the purchase price (to a maximum of $500) for an approved operator/rollover/crush protection device with a total of $1,000 for each eligible farm workplace.

The operator/rollover/crush device must have been designed and manufactured in accordance with approved engineering standards and independently tested to be eligible for the rebate. There are currently two which are eligible for the rebate.

The rebate does not cover installation.

Q. When can rebates be claimed?

Rebates for operator/rollover/crush protection devices will be available to claim from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020 or until funds run out, whichever occurs first.

Rebates will be allocated on a first-in, first-served basis to eligible applicants who have submitted completed applications.

Q. Can I use the rebate for purchases made before 1 July 2019?

You can apply for the rebate from 1 July 2019.

Purchases of devices made from 23 May 2019 may be eligible for a rebate. Valid proof of purchase must be provided. Purchases made before 23 May 2019 will not be eligible.

Q. Am I able to apply for the rebate more than once?

Eligible farm workplaces are able to apply for rebates up to the $1,000 maximum.

Q. Can I claim the rebate for an alternate vehicle if I don’t own a quad bike?

No. You must own a quad bike for work purposes to be eligible for the rebate.

Q. Can a business apply for more than one rebate if the business supports several families?

Eligible farm workplaces are able to apply for rebates up to the $1,000 maximum.

Q. How can I apply?

You will be able to apply online, by email or post from 1 July 2019. Further details on the rebate scheme and an application form are available here.

You will need to include proof of purchase with your application (e.g. tax invoices and receipts). Your proof of purchase must include the business name, address, ABN, payment date, description and cost of the operator/rollover/crush protection device for which the rebate is being claimed.

Q. What if my application is declined?

You will be advised in writing if your application does not comply with the eligibility criteria. You will have an opportunity to address any further requirements within 21 days of the notification, subject to fund availability.

Q. How long will the rebate scheme be available?

Rebates will be available until 30 June 2020 or until funds run out, whichever occurs first. Rebates will be allocated on a first-in, first-served basis to eligible applicants with complete applications.

Q. Can the rebate cover the cost of the operator/rollover/crush protection device being fitted?

The rebate is available for the purchase of the device, it does not cover installation.

Q. Would the rebate be available if a new operator/rollover/crush protection device becomes available?

A rebate would be available for a new operator/rollover/crush protection device if it can be demonstrated that the product has been suitably designed and manufactured according to appropriate engineering principles and that the product has been independently tested.

Q. Can I claim the rebate on an operator/rollover/crush protection device I make myself?

No. The rebate is only available for devices which have been designed and manufactured in accordance with approved engineering standards. Any new design will need to be signed off by a competent and suitably qualified person, such as an engineer, and independently tested.

A person seeking to build their own operator/rollover/crush protection device takes on the responsibility of the designer and manufacturer, and both have duties under the Work Health and Safety Act 2012.

Q. Will fitting an operator/rollover/crush protection device void my warranty or affect my insurance?

An operator/rollover/crush protection device is an accessory for a quad bike which needs to be fitted in accordance with its manufacturer’s instructions

Australian consumer law applies to the purchase of quad bikes and operator/rollover/crush protection devices, so if you buy something that isn’t right, you have consumer rights.

If you have any concerns in relation to insurance, seek advice from your insurer.

Q. What is not covered by the rebate?

Rebates will not cover:

  • purchase of second-hand items
  • the design or manufacturing of new items, including items that you have designed and manufactured to your specifications
  • owner-built items*
  • purchase of raw materials
  • service repairs or maintenance
  • installation

* The rebate is only available for operator/rollover/crush protection devices that have been designed and manufactured in accordance with approved engineering standards.

Q. Do I have to be a member of any association to apply for the rebate?

No. Membership of an association or commodity group is not an eligibility requirement.

Q. Where can I find further information on the rebate scheme?

There is a dedicated web page established to assist relevant workplaces with the rebate claim process.

Q. Where can I find more information and resources on safe use of quad bikes in workplaces?

WorkSafe Tasmania is partnering with a number of organisations within the farming community to help keep farmers safe on their quad bikes. This includes promoting important safety messages associated with older riders, children under the age of 16, vehicle selection, the carriage of passengers and wearing of helmets.

You can find more information about quad bike safety on our website or by phoning WorkSafe Tasmania on 1300 366 322.

Q. Where can I purchase an approved operator/rollover/crush protection device?

Currently there are two devices which are eligible for the rebate. These are: