Farm safety

Making Our Farms Safer project funding boost

Sheep Central, June 5, 2024

A $600,000 grant has ensured the Victorian Farmers Federation’s Making Our Farms Safer project will continue to run until 2025.

VFF vice-president Danyel Cucinotta welcomed the extension by the Victorian Government and said the project launched in April 2020 will continue to help shift the dial towards zero on-farm deaths and injuries.

“The VFF MOFS project has been a vital and trusted resource for the farming community since 2020 and the team will hit the ground running to help reduce the overrepresentation of the agriculture industry in workplace deaths and injury,” she said.

“Farmers and our regional communities have told us loud and clear how important this project was to them, and I welcome the government’s commitment to helping us keep farmers safe,” Ms Cucinotta said.

Ms Cucinotta said the project will focus on four key areas to help ensure the safety of farmers.

“Mental health is an enormous, hidden burden confronting many farmers.

“The VFF MOFS project will develop and publish a handbook specifically made by our farmers, for our farmers,” she said.

“The use of telehandlers on farms brings particular risks which are a key focus for the VFF. With the new options for telehandler licencing to rollout beginning in July, we’ll be working with farmers to help ensure they understand the requirements and dangers when operating or working around them.

“In 2022, over 40 per cent of all deaths on farms were tragically people aged over 60,” Ms Cucinotta said.

“This announcement means we’ll be able to continue the rollout of the recently launched ‘Stay Farming Longer and Safer’ handbook, aimed at farmers over 60.

“Nothing beats in-person, tailored safety advice to your farm. The team will be busy conducting on-farm safety visits, safety briefings as well as attending field days and presenting to community groups throughout Victoria,” she said.

Visit www.makingourfarmssafer.org.au/ to learn more and access the project’s resources.

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