Since 2001 over 220 Australians have died in quad related incidents.*
*See latest reports in the 'New Resouces' section below.
Quads are now the leading cause of non-intentional injury death on Australian farms (outranking tractors). Deaths are evenly distributed between rollovers, where asphyxiation/ crush injury are common and non-rollovers, where the victim is flung onto a hard surface as a result of a quad bike crash. Almost 9 out of every 10 rollover deaths occur on a farm.
Farmers are urged to think carefully about their use of quads taking into account the safety risks. In a majority of cases, quads are not fit for purpose for the tasks required by farmers and more suitable vehicles should be used.
Farmers who are employers or in control of the farm workplace have responsibility under work health and safety law to provide safe systems of work for workers and visitors to the workplace, including the operation of quads.
The ongoing work of the Centre for quad safety will seek to promote the use of more suitable vehicles. If quad bikes are still to be used as the vehicle of choice, they should be fitted with a suitably tested crush protection device.
The full range of control measures can be found in the Safety Guide; Safety of Quads and Side by Side Vehicles on Australian Farms
The Centre will continue negotiations with relevant partners in relation to guidelines, risk assessments and regulatory intervention.
- Media Release: Victoria Leads the Way to Improve Quad Safety, 17 February 2016, ACAHS, Moree.
- Policy Paper: Preventing deaths and serious injury caused by quad rollovers on Australian farms. February 2016, ACAHS, Moree.
- Full Report: Quad Related deaths and Injuries in Australia 2015 - Media Monitors Report, January 2016, ACAHS, Moree.
- Media Release: Farm Injury Deaths Headed in Wrong Direction, 12 January 2016, ACAHS, Moree.
- Grzebieta, R et al. Final Summary Project Report: Test Results, Conclusions and Reccommendations. Quad Bike Performance Project TARS Research Report No 4, submitted to the WorkCover Authority of New South Wales, UNSW, Sydney, Australia
- Grzebieta, R et al. The Australian Terrain Vehicle Assessment Program (ATVAP). Transport and Road Safety (TARS) Research, University of New South Wales, Australia. May 2015. Paper No 24ESV-000144
- ABC Radio: The trouble with the quad bike on Sunday Extra: Background Briefing, 5 April, 2015. ABC Broadcasting.
- Full Report: Quad related deaths and injuries in Australia 2014 - Media Monitors Report, January 2015, ACAHS, Moree.
- Safety Information Sheet: Farm Vehicles Quads and Motorbike Safety Information Sheet October 2014 ACAHS, Moree.
- ABC 7:30 Report: Nine fatal quad bike accidents force rethink on safety regulations, 26 August 2014.
- Presentation: Royal Melbourne Farm Kids and Injury Forum - Farms, kids and quad bikes a fatal mix, 15 August 2014, Melbourne.
- Presentation: Royal Melbourne Farm Kids and Injury Forum - Australian Data 2001 - 2010, 15 August, 2014, Melbourne.
- Media Release: Quad bike deaths and injuries persist, 29 Jan 2014, ACAHS, Moree
- Full Report: Quad bike related deaths and injuires in Australia 2013 - Media Monitors Report, Jan 2014, ACAHS, Moree
- Media Release: Quad bikes a major source of trauma in Victoria, 2013, ACAHS, Moree.
- Media Release: Quad bike fatalities costly - but manufacturers fail to act, ACAHS, Moree.
- Quad Bike Related Deaths and Injuries: Australia 2012, Media Monitors Report, ACAHS, Moree.
- Map of Quad Bike Deaths in Australia during 2012, ACAHS, Moree
- Adoption of Quad Bike Crush Protection Devices: A report prepared for Worksafe Victoria.
- Wordley, S. Quad bike crush protection devices (CPDs): Updates to ISCRR Snapshot Review C-1-12-022, 2012 Monash University, Melbourne
- RDAA & RDAV Joint Media Release 2012: Long overdue action on quad bikes applauded
- Mount Isa Statement on Quad Bike Safety - 2012 ('Are you remotely interested...' and Farmsafe Conference 2012)
- Map of Australian Quad Bike Deaths Jan-May 2012
- Hon Bill Shorten Press Release: Government works with farming organisations and community groups to establish "QuadWatch".
- ABC Country Hour Interview: Associate Professor Tony Lower
- National Safety Magazine - Crush Protection: Raising the Bar. (This article was first published in May 2012 issue of the National Safey Magazine - a magazine of the National Safety Council of Australia)
- Quad Bike Related Deaths and Injuries: Australia 2011, Media Monitors Report
- Media Release: Australian Quad Bike Deaths and Injuries in 2011
- Monash University 2011- Snapshot review on quad bike safety devices
- ABC 7.30 Report Video - How Safe are quad bikes (Video 5.5MB) Link to ABC website for viewing
- Factsheet - Farm vehicles, 2 and 4 wheeled motorbikes
- Media Reports on quad bikes related deaths and injuries in Australia during 2010
- Media Release - Roll bars essential for quad bikes, written by NSW Farmers Association: NSW Farmers Media Release
- Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities - Quad bike campaign
Other Resources available:
The following link is a list of Registered Training Organisations that can provide accredited quad bike training in compliance with AHCHMOM212A. Participants who are assessed successfully will achieve the nationally accredited unit of competency.