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Following a round table discussion in July 2012 with senior representatives from farming organisations, rural industry, unions and community groups, the Federal Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Mr Bill Shorten, has called for public comment on a discussion paper regarding design and engineering controls to improve quad bike safety.

25 of the 33 fatalities involving quad bikes that occurred between 1 January 2011 and 1 August 2012 took place on a farm, making quad bikes the leading cause of death on Australian farms during this period. More than 50% of all quad bike deaths are the result of roll overs, 90% of which also occur on farms.  

Issues for comment

The discussion paper seeks public comment on the following key issues regarding quad bike safety:

  • design solutions and engineering controls to improve quad bike stability;
  • engineering controls to improve operator protection in the event of a roll over;
  • engineering options to minimise the capacity of children to start and/or operate quad bikes; and
  • engineering controls to minimise the capacity of a quad bike to carry passengers.

How do you make submissions?

A coversheet, response form and information on how to lodge your submissions can be accessed here.

All submissions must be lodged with the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations by 5pm on Friday, 28 September 2012. 

If you have any queries or require any assistance to prepare a submission, please contact us.

For further information, please contact:

Ron Eames, Partner
T: +61 7 3135 0629

Paul Venus, Partner
T: +61 7 3135 0613


This publication does not deal with every important topic or change in law and is not intended to be relied upon as a substitute for legal or other advice that may be relevant to the reader's specific circumstances. If you have found this publication of interest and would like to know more or wish to obtain legal advice relevant to your circumstances please contact one of the named individuals listed above. 


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