The Australian Government has opened applications for up to $1.6 million in grants for activities that improve farm safety outcomes across Australia.
The fund ha sthe aim of increasing safety awareness and training to save lives on farms where 1 in 5 workplace fatalities are recorded.
Finding ways to get safety messaging out there on to farms is paramount to saving lives and improving health and safety.
These grants will go to projects that deliver well-designed, fit-for-purpose and adaptable safety training and education. They will be a game-changer, not just for this generation of farmers, but the next one to come.
In 2019 there were 133 on-farm injuries and 58 on-farm fatalities.
Australian farmers only make up 2.6% of Australia’s workforce, but they count for 21% of workplace fatalities. The fund hopes to show we can do better and must continue to work hard to improve these statistics.
These grants will provide the means for our agricultural industry and other organisations to come together to help reduce the risks and instances of farm fatalities and accidents.
The risks are different across farming systems and commodities, but there is a lot of great research and solutions being developed across the country that we can expand on or leverage.
This is about getting people to come together and think differently about the ways they work to come up with innovative projects and solutions to a nationwide problem.