Pilot/escort vehicles do not need to be registered as ‘primary producer’ ‘Primary Producer’ registered vehicles can be driven for any aspect of your life, as long as you are not using them to carry on another business for reward (payment via money or goods) South Australia Motor Vehicles Act 1959 34—Registration fees for primary producers'
In South Australia, we require either an MR or HR level licence to operate agricultural machinery on road. Personally, I have no desire whatsoever to get myself a truck licence! Primary Producers in SA are instead allowed to apply for a ‘licence restriction’ with the Licencing Department of DPTI. This permit type arrangement then allows
In 2018, the National Farmers Federation engaged Dr Richard Franklin from James Cook University to investigate the risk levels of Large Agricultural Machinery on road. Dr Franklin offers some effective recommendations for Governments and Industry to consider implementing to continue what is an excellent safety record in comparison to many other road user statistics.


Other Resources: Safe Cattle Handling Guide – Farmsafe General Guide – Cattle Handling – Safework Aust Ramps & Forcing Yards Guide – Aust Livestock Transporters

Machine Guarding

I know there are those who remove guards from Headers and other machines due to fire risk. If you are going to do this, you need to establish a ‘safe operating procedure’ that includes that potential practice. It would also be beneficial for the whole industry if you would report your issue to the manufacturer
A Risk Assessment is basically…..thinking about, recognising and then recording the risks on your farm. Documenting this process not only keeps you organised but shows that you have thought about what could go wrong, what you already do to reduce the risk and what you can do in the future to further improve. I do
You don’t just snap your fingers and ‘BOOM’….. farm safety arrangements have been addressed and implemented! It’s a gradual process and is often a matter of formalising many of the things you already do If the family dynamic & attitude allows!!…..start with a farm business commitment & some basic rules. Download one here: do-i-need-a-work-health-safety-policy Next, you need
Media Release | 18/05/2016 A Hillston potato farm has been fined $187,500 after a truck driver died when he was run over by a forklift at the farm in December 2013. Oakville Produce Pty Ltd was charged under section 32 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 with a breach of its duty under section 19(1)

Auger Amputation

Media Release | 11/12/2015 SafeWork NSW has issued a warning to farms and rural workplaces in South West NSW to be safe while working with and around grain augers after two workers suffered amputations. The incidents occurred within two days late last month at farms at Leeton and Lake Cargelligo with SafeWork NSW initial investigations