FARMERS might be eligible for a rebate for addressing health and safety risks on their properties.
The Victorian Government on Thursday launched a $3 million Farm Safety Rebate Scheme.
Applicants might be eligible for up to $5000 for equipment and infrastructure to make their farms safer.
"Too many people are killed or injured on farms each year," agriculture minister Mary-Anne Thomas said.
"This new program is an easy way to make simple adjustments to farms so they're safer and workers can carry on with peace of mind."
Fourteen per cent of workplace deaths in Victoria occur within the agriculture sector, though the sector accounts for less than two per cent of the state's workforce.
"Farms are workplaces but they're also homes - we want to make sure that everyone that steps onto a farm gets to return home safely," Ms Thomas, also the Member for Macedon, said.
Too many farmers, farm workers and family members are injured or killed in workplace accidents each year. Every life lost is one too many so I was pleased to join with @Tuoheypj and the Henderson’s of Avington Farm to announce our $3m Farm Safety rebate is now open. #springstpic.twitter.com/wCWE4VsME0— Mary-Anne Thomas MP (@MaryAnneThomas) February 25, 2021
Child safety fencing, animal handling equipment, emergency shut-off switches, reversing cameras for tractors and vehicles, and dedicated chemical storage sheds and wash stations are within the scope of the rebate.
Rural assistance commissioner Peter Tuohey encouraged farmers to apply for the scheme, which closes when all funds are allocated or at the end of the calendar year.
For more information or to apply, call 1800 260 425 or visit www.ruralfinance.com.au
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