23 November 2021. 

Time is running out to have your say as part of a Government review of the Rural Plant Code of Practice.

The review, which includes a public consultation phase, focuses on workforce safety surrounding machinery or on-farm vehicles or tools, and will consider what changes are necessary to ensure the Code remains fit-for-purpose and supports the agriculture industry to meet legislative obligations.

A number of key areas have been identified as requiring significant attention:

  • Tractor rollover protection
  • Quad Bikes and side-by-side vehicles
  • Technological advancements
  • Electrical risks
  • Isolation and fatigue

Although it underwent two minor desktop reviews in 2012 and 2018, the Rural Plant Code of Practice has not had a thorough going over since its introduction in 2004.

AgForce is preparing a submission will be overseen by the Workforce and Safety Committee. Feedback is invited via secretary Michael Kern at

Members are also encouraged to lodge their own submission no later than 5pm on Monday, November 29.

Email your submission to: