Quad bike fatalities

See an up-to-date estimate of people killed in incidents involving quad bikes in Australia from 2016 to 2021.  

We update this data when we get more information. For example, when the coroner completes investigations.  

How we source the data 

Our preliminary estimates come from: 

  • initial media reports 
  • states and territories 
  • other publicly available information. 

To get more information about the death, we work with: 

  • Work health and safety (WHS) authorities 
  • the National Coronial Information System 
  • workers’ compensation data.  

How we use the data 

This dataset informs Quadwatch, which aims to:  

  • raise awareness of safe quad bike practices 
  • minimise risk of a quad bike fatality or injury with practical advice. 

Overview 

As of  11 November October 2021: 10 Australians were killed from quad bikes this year. 

In the past 5 years (2016 to 2020): 

  • There were 64 quad bike deaths. 
  • The highest number of quad bike deaths occurred in 2020 (24). 
  • 8 people died in 2019 
  • 11 people died in 2018 
  • 11 people died in 2017  
  • 10 people died in 2016. 

2021 quad bike fatalities  

Last update: 25 November 2021 

Age 

Sex 

State 

Type of incident 

Activity 

Helmet worn 

Terrain 

Reported ground surface 

Possible weight imbalance1 

74

Male 

SA

Rollover 

Non-working 

-

-

-

64

Male 

NSW

Rollover 

-

-

-

-

59 

Male 

QLD

Rollover

-

-

-

6

Female

QLD

Rollover 

Non-working 

-

-

24

Male 

NSW

-

-

-

-

80

Male 

VIC 

Rollover 

Working

-

Incline

-

14

Male 

QLD

Rollover 

-

-

-

-

58

Female

NSW

Rollover 

-

-

-

-

-

Male 

QLD

Rollover 

Non-working

-

-

-

32

Male 

NT

Rollover 

Non-working

No

-

Road

 

2016 to 2020 quad bike fatalities 

Year 

Age 

Sex 

State 

Type of incident 

Activity 

Helmet worn 

Terrain 

Reported ground surface 

Possible weight imbalance

2020 

71 

Female 

QLD 

Rollover 

-

Incline 

Dirt 

2020 

29 

Female 

NSW 

Collision 

Non-working 

No 

Flat 

Dirt 

2020 

69 

Male 

NSW 

Rollover 

Working 

No 

Incline 

Mud 

2020 

70 

Female 

VIC 

Rollover 

2020 

13 

Female 

QLD 

Rollover 

Non-working 

Incline 

2020 

65 

Female 

NSW 

Rollover 

Working 

Flat 

2020 

26 

Male 

QLD 

Rollover 

Non-working 

Road 

2020 

10 

Male 

VIC 

Rollover 

Non-working 

2020 

22 

Female 

QLD 

Other 

Non-working 

Road 

Passenger 

2020 

76 

Female 

QLD 

Other 

No 

Road 

Seated sideways with container  

2020 

76 

Male 

WA 

Rollover 

Working 

No 

Tank 

2020 

63 

Male 

QLD 

Other 

Working 

2020 

60 

Male 

TAS 

Collision 

Incline 

2020 

12 

Male 

NT 

Non-working 

No 

Road 

2020 

 

Male 

QLD 

Rollover 

2020 

78 

Male 

NSW 

Rollover 

Working 

No 

Incline 

2020 

38 

Male 

WA 

Other 

Working 

2020 

37 

Male 

WA 

2020 

49 

Male 

VIC 

Collision 

2020 

80 

Male 

NT 

Working

2020 

49 

Male 

QLD 

2020 

61 

Male 

QLD 

Other 

Working 

2020 

Male 

VIC 

Non-working 

2019 

70

Male 

NSW

Rollover 

-

-

-

-

2019 

60 

Male 

QLD 

Rollover 

Working 

Uneven surface 

Grass 

Container attached to vehicle 

2019 

35 

Male 

TAS 

Rollover 

Non-working 

Yes 

Incline 

Dirt 

Passenger(s) on vehicle 

2019 

49 

Male 

VIC 

Rollover 

Non-working 

No 

Dirt 

2019 

Male 

WA 

Rollover 

Non-working 

Incline 

2019 

Male 

TAS 

Rollover 

Non-working 

Yes 

2019 

51 

Male 

WA 

Rollover 

Working 

No 

Gravel 

2019 

56 

Female 

TAS 

Rollover 

Working 

2019 

51 

Male 

TAS 

Rollover 

Yes 

Uneven 

Container attached to vehicle 

2018 

17 

Male 

WA 

Rollover 

Working 

Dirt 

2018 

20 

Male 

QLD 

Rollover 

Working 

Road 

2018 

27 

Male 

NSW 

Collision 

Non-working 

2018 

31 

Female 

NSW 

Rollover 

Non-working 

Incline 

Dirt 

Passenger on vehicle 

2018 

31 

Male 

QLD 

Rollover after collision 

Non-working 

Road 

2018 

35 

Male 

QLD 

Accident 

Working 

Dirt 

2018 

44 

Male 

NSW 

Rollover 

Non-working 

2018 

50 

Male 

QLD 

Collision with parked trailer 

Working 

Dirt 

2018 

69 

Male 

NT 

Rollover 

Non-working 

Road 

2018 

75 

Male 

QLD 

Flipped and rolled 

Working 

No 

Incline 

Dirt 

Container attached to vehicle 

2018 

82 

Male 

VIC 

Accident 

Non-working 

Incline 

Dirt 

2017 

Female 

NSW 

Collision 

Non-working 

Dirt 

Passenger(s) on vehicle 

2017 

Male 

NSW 

Rollover 

Non-working 

Yes 

2017 

Male 

NSW 

Rollover 

Non-working 

2017 

37 

Male 

SA 

Rollover 

Working 

2017 

38 

Male 

Vic 

Rollover 

Working 

Incline 

Trailer attached to vehicle 

2017 

41 

Male 

QLD 

Collision 

Non-working 

No 

Incline 

Dirt 

2017 

60 

Male 

NSW 

Rollover 

Working 

Gravel 

2017 

60 

Male 

NSW 

Working 

2017 

66 

Male 

QLD 

Working 

2017 

69 

Male 

Vic 

Rollover 

Working 

Dirt 

2017 

74 

Male 

NSW 

Rollover 

Non-working 

Incline 

2016 

16 

Male 

VIC 

Collision 

Non-working 

No 

Gravel 

Passenger(s) on vehicle 

2016 

18 

Male 

QLD 

Rollover 

Non-working 

No 

Ditch 

2016 

53 

Male 

NSW 

Rollover 

Non-working 

Dirt 

2016 

53 

Female 

QLD 

Rollover 

Working 

Incline 

Dirt 

Container attached to vehicle 

2016 

53 

Male 

VIC 

Collision 

Non-working 

No 

Dirt 

2016 

54 

Male 

NSW 

Rollover 

Working 

2016 

62 

Male 

QLD 

Rollover 

Non-working 

No 

Incline 

2016 

65 

Male 

QLD 

Rollover 

Working 

No 

Incline 

2016 

69 

Male 

VIC 

Rollover 

Working 

Incline 

Mud 

2016 

88 

Male 

QLD 

Rollover 

Non-working 

No 

Incline 

Container attached to vehicle 

 

1Safe Work Australia has designated a potential weight imbalance when the following factors are reported: more than one rider on bike, towing trailer, supplementary weight on bike (e.g. drums containing liquid chemicals).  

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