QuadWatch is an Australian Government initiative to bring together industry, manufacturers, quad bike users, community organisations, and government to raise awareness of quad bike safety.

The QuadWatch webpage provides links to quad bike safety data and information, guidance material, other useful webpages and information, and contact details for the relevant work health and safety regulators

More information can be found in the QuadWatch - Frequently Asked Questions.

Quad bike fatalities

Since 1 January 2015, there has been thirteen quad bike fatalities, one in Northern Territory, two each in New South Wales, Tasmania, Western Australia & three each in Queensland and Victoria.

In 2014, fifteen people were killed in quad bike related incidents. Nine of these deaths were the result of a roll over.

There were 21 quad bike related fatalities in 2013, 19 in 2012 and 20 fatalities in 2011.

Quad bike fatalities table

Quad bike fatalities summaries

Quad bike stewardship program

The Product Stewardship Program provides all users of quad bikes with an opportunity to confidentially report safety incidents or near-misses. Any information provided will assist to prevent the incidents in the first place or to reduce the risk of injury.

National reporting of incidents will contribute more data on quad bike safety incidents, near misses, serious injuries and fatalities. A summary of the data will be published on the QuadWatch website annually in addition to the published data based on fatalities reported to state and territory coroners. Personal information will be protected.

Latest news

September 2014 - QLD Coroner’s Inquest into Quad Bike related death

An inquest into quad bike related deaths in Queensland is being undertaken by the Deputy State Coroner, John Lock. The inquest commenced in May 2014, was adjourned and recommenced on 19 September 2014.

The Coroner’s Phase 1 findings (findings for individual deaths) were delivered on 26 September.

Phase 2 findings (consideration of recommendations) are scheduled for hearing on 19 November 2014 and may include any recommendations that can be made to reduce the likelihood of quad bike related deaths occurring in similar circumstances.

Further information on Queensland Coroner inquests is available on the Queensland Courts website. Details of inquest sittings are available at Queensland Coronial Inquests.

26 August 2014 - News report

The ABC’s 7:30 Report produced a story on quad bike fatalities on Australian farms and attitudes towards proposed quad bike safety reforms. A transcript of the story is available on ABC 7.30 Report.

15 August 2014 - The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne - Farm Injury Forum

Two presentations examining issues of quads and children were prepared by Sydney University Associate Professor Tony Lower for the Royal Children’s Hospital Farm Injury Forum held on 15 August 2014. These are Farms and Kids Safety - What are the issues? and Farms, Quads & Kids (2001-2014).

24 July 2014 - Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) - ATV Safety on farms

In Farm Safety Week, the FCAI reminded Australians that known safety practices and training helps keep quad bike users safe when using their vehicles. The FCAI news article is at FCAI Safety on Farms.

August 2014 - Quad bike research – Centre for Automotive Safety Research University of Adelaide

The Centre for Automotive Safety Research (CSAR) of the University of Adelaide is currently undertaking research on quad bike use, crash characteristics and associated injury risks.

CSAR is seeking participants to take part in their study on the use of quad bikes in South Australia and the circumstances surrounding quad bike incidents. The study is seeking to understand the causes of quad bike incidents with the purpose of developing ways to reduce these and minimise the severity of injuries.

Further information including a link to participant information is available at the Centre for Automotive Safety Research website.

11 July 2014 - The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS)

On their website the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) provides links to media coverage of their advocacy for quad bike safety, as presented in their position paper on trauma prevention RACS Position paper Trauma Prevention.

The RACS website also provides links to previous media coverage at media coverage 2013.

10 June 2014 - Farmsafe National Farm Health and Safety Conference – 15-16 October 2014 – Quad bike sessions

The Tenth National Farm Health and Safety Conference will be held in Launceston on 15-16 October 2014. The program at Brochure and program Farmsafe Conference lists sessions and content. The morning session on Thursday 16 October is about quad bike safety issues.

16 April 2014 - Quad bike national safety campaign – NSW Fair Trading and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)

NSW Fair Trading Minister Stuart Ayres welcomed the launch of a national safety campaign to raise awareness on the dangers of quad bikes. In this campaign NSW Fair Trading will work closely with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and other State and Territory consumer protection authorities to address this issue.

Links to information on the campaign are at:
NSW Fair Trading - Quad bike national safety campaign and ACCC - Quad bike national safety campaign

The ACCC also launched a video Would You Risk It? The video highlights the life-threatening dangers of unsafe quad bike practices. The video is available at Quad bikes: Prepare safe, wear safe, ride safe.

Coronial enquiry findings

New Zealand Coroner Brandt Shortland has released his findings into five quad bike related fatalities. As part of his findings and recommendations, Coroner Shortland held a two day hearing with experts, industry leaders, motor industry executives, academics, professional educators and government regulators in April this year.

The Coroner's finding for each case can be found below:

Research reports and studies

NSW Government research

On Friday 8 March 2013, Greg Pearce MLC, the NSW Minister for Finance and Services announced a $1 million research project aimed at reducing quad bike deaths on farms.

On 23 July 2013 the NSW Minster confirmed the research into vehicle safety also aimed to improve quad bike protective devices and accessories.

The research is being conducted by experts from the University of NSW's Transport and Road Safety Research Unit on behalf of WorkCover NSW and the Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities. The testing of quad bikes and side-by-side vehicles aims to determine their stability and likelihood of rollover.

Further information is available at the University of NSW Science website.


QuadWatch was established as an outcome of a roundtable discussion held on 13 July 2012 with senior representatives from farming organisations, industry, unions and community groups. The roundtable aimed to identify views on improving the safety of quad bikes.

Quad bike safety forum and discussion paper

A quad bike safety forum was held in Melbourne on Friday, 19 October 2012. The forum included representatives from farming, community groups, research, unions, industry and regulators.

The forum focused on the findings of the public discussion paper on the review of design and engineering controls for improving quad bike safety. The discussion paper on quad bike safety closed 28 September 2012 but you can still view the submissions received.

Safe Work Australia’s report to the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations outlined key findings from the discussion paper and forum on the design and engineering controls for improving quad bike safety.(PDF Design and engineering controls for improving quad bike safety: key findings from the discussion paper and forum PDF 194kb | Word documentDesign and engineering controls for improving quad bike safety: key findings from the discussion paper and forumDocx 110kb )

Useful links

Information on quad bike safety published by work health and safety authorities

Related sites for additional quad bike information

More information

For more information or to contribute to QuadWatch contact Safe Work Australia:

Email: info@swa.gov.au

Phone: 1300 551 832

You can also subscribeto receive the latest news and updates on QuadWatch.


Questions should be emailed to info@swa.gov.au.

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