Latest farm safety fund grants allocated

NINE projects worth $1.6 million to improve farm safety practices have been announced as part of the National Farm Safety Education Fund.
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A new round of grant funding has allocated $1.6 million to farm safety. Picture Mark Saunders.

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Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia, David Littleproud, said the projects would educate the next generation of farmers and industries about the importance of on-farm safety.

"Farm safety is vital to achieving industry's goal of a $100 billion agriculture sector by 2030," Minister Littleproud said.

"It's an ugly reality that one in five workplace fatalities happen on farms, despite agricultural workers making up just over three per cent of the Australian workforce."

The nine projects will be delivered by Central Queensland University, Cotton Australia, Rural Edge Australia, University of New South Wales, Agforce Queensland, NT Cattlemen's Association, Primary Producers SA, Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia and Grain Growers.

"These projects will instil farm-safe values into the next generation of farmers, while talking to farmers about how safety can be used on their properties.

"They will provide a range of training and education activities for current and future farmers, and their families, allowing them to work and live safely.

"Farm safety doesn't need to be complicated, expensive or inconvenient. It's about making choices. A few small changes to how things are done around the farm can make a big difference.

"We need to do what we can to make farms safer so our farmers can get home to their families at the end of the day."

The National Farm Safety Education Fund was a 2019 election commitment of $3.5 million to support activities that improve farm safety outcomes and $1.9 million was previously granted to Farmsafe Australia to develop the National Farm Safety Education Fund Strategy.

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