Farm safety is crucial for good farm management

AGRICULTURE VICTORIA has issued a reminder for everyone to stay safe on farm and to think about safety.
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Agriculture Victoria is reminding everyone to stay safe on farms. Picture courtesy WorkSafe.

Staff writer

With school holidays now under way in many states, the farm could see an increase in the number of people on the property, including children.

Agriculture Victoria reported in its latest Ag News bulletin, that unfortunately, farm deaths made up 14 out of the 27 work related deaths in Victoria in 2017 and quad bikes are the biggest cause of deaths on Australian farms.

That's why the Victorian Government recently launched a new program to improve safety across agricultural industries and to support workers to adopt new and emerging technology.

In October 2018, the Victorian Government announced $20 million in funding for the new Victorian Agriculture Skills Statement: Smarter, Safer Farms.

This initiative will partner with the Victorian Farmers Federation and other industry leaders to deliver a safety and wellbeing campaign and education programs that will bring enduring cultural change.

The Smarter, Safer Farms program will include $10 million in farm safety and wellbeing initiatives to change Victoria's farm safety culture and reduce the number of deaths and injuries on farms.

It will also deliver a $10 million skills program, focused on training in financial literacy, risk management, farm planning and adaptation to climate change.

Read more about Victoria's Agriculture skills statement: Smarter, Safer Farms at http://go.vic.gov.au/rHyoTz