Work health and safety in the agriculture industry is regulated by states and territories. For information about laws applying to you and your workplace, contact your work health and safety regulator.

A model Code of Practice for Managing Risks of Plant in Rural Workplaces is currently being developed as part of the fourth set of draft model Codes of Practice. Visit the model Codes of Practice webpage for more information about these and other model Codes of Practice being developed as part of the package of harmonised work health and safety laws.

Information on all work-related fatalities occurring in this industry can be found in the Work-related Traumatic Injury Fatalities 2010-11 report.

Information on the fatalities and injuries that occur on Australian farms can be found in the Work-related Injuiries and Fatalities on Australian Farms report.

Information on serious injuries and fatalities for which workers’ compensation was received in this industry can be found in the Compendium of Workers' Compensation Statistics Australia 2009-10.

The Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012–2022 identifies the agriculture industry as a priority industry for action. Safe Work Australia and all jurisdictions are focusing on reducing traumatic injury fatalities in this industry during the first five years of the Australian Strategy. This will take place through collaborative partnerships with industry, unions, other organisations and the community.

Go to the Australian Strategy for more information on the priority industries.


Quad bikes are a leading cause of death and serious injury on Australian farms. QuadWatch is an Australian Government initiative bringing together industry, manufacturers, quad bike users and government to improve quad bike safety. QuadWatch aims to raise awareness of safe quad bike practices by establishing a network to promote information exchange.

More information on quad bike safety is available on the QuadWatch page.


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