The 2023 Safer Farms report reveals great insights into the agriculture industry, the work that has been done and the work that is yet to be done to work towards safer farms for everyone.
The number of injuries and fatalities is still a concerning figure. We encourage farmers and those in the agriculture industry to continue to implement safer practices and procedures to create safer farm environments for farmers, farm families, children and employees.
Media Release: Seasoned Farmers the Focus of Revitalised MOFS Project
The Victorian Government has announced more funding for the MOFS project, to continue delivery of our excellent Farm Safety Services, and so we can focus on the very important issue with a new resource.
Older farmers in the 60+ age group, made up 41.8% of the fatalities of Victorian farmers in 2022.
We will develop a new guidebook that will fit into our Making our Farm Families Safer campaign, that addresses the most pressing issues for our older farmers.
If you would like to express an interest in being part of the committee that will be supporting the development of the guidebook, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to read the VFF media release, please click the button below.
If you would like to read the Victorian Government’s media release, please go here.
The first stage of funding for the VFF MOFS project finished up on 30th June 2023. As part of the review of the project, we engaged Quantum Market Research to perform an independent evaluation report of the whole project.
Summary of impact and future potential (as of May 2023):
- 50% of farmers who had booked a farm safety visit and had implemented or improved safety procedures and practices on their farm as a result
- 84% of farmers surveyed said initiatives like MOFS are crucial for keeping Victorian farmers safe
- 80% of farmers surveyed said they would prefer in-person services, such as the farm safety visits of the MOFS project, to online services
This summary highlights what the MOFS team has done to date, and gives us insights for the successful rollout of our future projects.
Agrifutures Australia recently released its annual report on farming incidents that occurred nationally from 1 January to 31 December 2022.
During this period, a total of 55 on-farm deaths were reported. Sadly this is an increase from the year prior where 46 deaths occurred. In 2022, tractors (11 incidents) and quadbikes (8 incidents) were reported most frequently in on-farm incidents. There were also an additional 158 non-fatal on-farm injury reports in the Australian media, where 28 (18%) incidents involved children aged under 15 years, with a number involving quadbikes.
To read the report click this external link
National OHS statistics report released
Safe Work Australia recently released the key workplace statistics report for 2022.
The report provides an overview of national data on work-related fatalities and workers’ compensation claims from all Australian jurisdictions between 2003 and 2021. This includes trends, gender and age comparisons, and industry and occupation breakdowns.
In 2021 the agricultural sector accounted for nearly a third of the workplace fatalities in Australia, second only to the transport industry.
The more concerning figure is the rate of fatalities per 100,000 workers which reflects that workers are farms more likely to be seriously injured or killed at work than in any other industry sector, including industries that are commonly referred to as high risk, including construction and mining.
Media Release: New child-focused farm safety podcast series launched
The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) Making our Farms Safer Project (MOFS) has launched a new podcast series aimed at driving social change to improve the safety of Victorian farming families.
VFF Vice-President and Chair of the VFF Child Safety on Farms Steering Committee, Danyel Cucinotta said the initial two-part series features tips and guidance to reduce accidents involving children on the farm.
Read the full media release here