Tasmania Primary Producer Safety Rebate Scheme

Tasmania Primary Producer Safety Rebate Scheme

The Tasmanian Government is committed to improving work health and safety on Tasmanian farms. The Primary Producer Safety Rebate Scheme of $2 million is available from 1 October 2021. 

The Tasmanian Government is encouraging relevant workplaces to take part in the rebate scheme, to help reduce farm deaths and injuries. The rebate scheme targets the most common hazards that cause death and injury in this sector, such as vehicle incidents involving quad bikes and tractors, manual handling, and being hit by animals. Rebates of up to $5,000 are available for eligible items that address these hazards. As part of your application, you’ll need to identify the safety hazard at your workplace you want to improve, and how the rebate will help you do this.

Rebates Available

Under the scheme, a cash-back rebate of up to $5,000 (excluding GST) is available to eligible applicants (as described below).

  • If you purchase an eligible item for $250 then you could receive $250.
  • If you have one or many (different) eligible items that total $5,200 you could receive $5,000.
  • You can claim for more than one eligible item but can only apply once. Include all receipts in your one rebate application.

Rebates will be available to claim from 1 October 2021 until the $2 million runs out.

Eligibility

The rebate scheme is specifically available to workplaces within the agriculture sector that:

  • have farming as their main source of income
  • operate a business in Tasmania
  • are a small business, medium business or a sole trader (someone without workers).

Definition of primary producer in the agricultural sector

A ‘farmer’ is a primary producer, as defined by the Australian Taxation Office

(ATO). According to the ATO, a primary producer is an individual, partnership, trust or company operating a primary production business.

The rebate scheme applies to primary producers who operate a business run in the agricultural sector. This sector includes:

  • animal farming (including poultry, sheep, beef cattle, deer, dairy cattle and other livestock farming)
  • vegetable, flower, fruit, grain and other crop farming.

What Is Included

The rebate is available for eligible items that can remove or reduce the risk to safety caused by the top 5 hazards facing the agriculture sector. These hazards are:

  • being hit by moving objects
  • body stressing
  • falls, trips and slips
  • hitting objects with a part of the body
  • vehicle incidents.

To address quad bike and tractor (vehicle) incidents, helmets and training are included in relation to applicants who own a quad bike, side-by-side vehicle, or tractor for work purposes.

You can see the full lists of included and excluded items on our website at worksafe.tas.gov.au/safefarming.

How To Claim

Rebates will be available on a first-in, first-served basis to eligible applicants who have submitted completed applications. Rebates will be available to claim from 1 October 2021 until the $2 million runs out.

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How To Apply

How to apply for the rebate

You can apply for the rebate using an online or printed application form. Details and an application form are available at

worksafe.tas.gov.au/safefarming.

As part of your application, you’ll need to:

  • identify the hazard at your workplace, explain what the risk associated with that hazard is, and why implementing one of the eligible items would mitigate that risk
  • provide a copy of tax invoices and paid receipts that clearly show the item/s being claimed for; not quotes for planned purchases
  • identify which category of eligible items it fits within
  • for the purchase of timber under the items for the ‘Body stressing’ category, there is a requirement for photographic evidence of the shearing shed flooring before and after the installation of the new timber flooring. These photos are to be uploaded as part of your application.

This approach demonstrates that you have an understanding of hazard identification and risk mitigation in your workplace, which are fundamentals of a safety management system.

Your proof of purchase must include the business name, address, ABN, payment date, description and cost of the eligible item/s being claimed.

You will be advised in writing if your application does not comply with the eligibility criteria. You will have an opportunity to address any further requirements within 21 days of the notification, subject to fund availability.

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