The Primary Producer Safety Rebate Scheme of $2 million is available from 1 October 2021.
The rebate scheme aims at reducing the most common hazards that can cause death and injury in the agricultural sector, such as unsafe practices involving quad bikes and tractors, manual handling, and being hit by animals.
Rebates of up to $5,000 are available for eligible items that address these top hazards.
The Tasmanian Government is encouraging relevant workplaces to take part in the rebate scheme, to help reduce farm deaths and injuries.
The rebate scheme is specifically available to workplaces within the agriculture sector that:
- have farming as their main source of income
- operate a business in Tasmania
- are a small business, medium business or sole traders (owner - operators).
As part of your application, you’ll need to identify the hazard/s at your workplace, explain what the risk associated with that hazard/s are, and why implementing the eligible items would mitigate that risk/s.
What is included
The rebate is available for eligible items that can remove or reduce the risk to safety caused by the top 5 hazards facing the agriculture sector. These hazards are:
- being hit by moving objects
- body stressing (manual handling/muscular stress)
- falls, trips and slips
- hitting objects with a part of the body
- vehicle incidents.
To address quad bike and tractor (vehicle) incidents, helmets and training are included in relation to applicants who own a quad bike, side-by-side vehicle, or tractor for work purposes.
Apply for a rebate
To apply for a rebate you can apply online, by email or post from 1 October 2021.
If you wish to apply for a rebate using a printed application form, please Download the Primary Producer Safety Rebate Scheme Application Form (PDF, 300.9 KB)
You will need to include proof of purchase with your application (e.g. receipt/s). Your proof of purchase must include the business name, address, ABN, payment date, description and cost of the eligible item for which the rebate is being claimed along with your business name and/or ABN.
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.
What is not covered by the rebate?
For a full list of ineligible items please download a list of eligible items under the Primary Producer Safety Rebate Scheme (PDF, 230.1 KB).
Where can I find more information and resources on work health and safety for farming workplaces?
The Safe Farming Tasmania Program aims to reduce farm-work related death, injury and disease and improve the health and safety of workers in the farming industry by:
- raising awareness of farm safety issues, including packing and processing
- working with industry stakeholders to provide training and education on farm safety issues.
The Safe Farming Tasmania program is a joint initiative of WorkSafe Tasmania and the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and the Environment (DPIPWE)
For further information please visit Safe Farming Tasmania.
General items category: Training
- Agriskills Entry Program - Skill Set 1, TasTAFE (external link)
- Agriskills Entry Program - Skill Set 2, TasTAFE (external link)
- Agriskills Entry Program - Skill Set 3, TasTAFE (external link)
- Operate Quad Bikes, TasTAFE (external link)