Request for Quote: Reducing fatalities and serious injuries in agriculture associated with mobile plant

This Request for Quote closes 12 noon (AEST) Friday, 1 July 2022. 

Background

Safe Work Australia’s statistics show that the death rate is higher for people working in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing than in other industries – and this has been the case for two decades. 

For many agricultural industries, the majority of fatalities are associated with use of mobile plant. Previous RSHA research showed that: 

  • Tractors, farm vehicles (quads, utes, motorbikes) and other mobile plant accounted for 48% of fatalities in the agricultural sector. 
  • Half of the fatalities occurred during activities related to stock work (mustering, inspecting, feeding, watering, etc) and during machinery maintenance. 
  • Mobile plant is also the lead agent of serious injury (recorded in Workers’ compensation data) in cropping industries of grain, cotton and fodder. 
  • Fatigue is a key risk factor.  

Regulations under Work Health and Safety Acts in each state and territory spell out the legal minimum requirements for addressing hazards and work practices associated with the health, safety and welfare of all workers. Codes of Practice provide practical guides to achieving the standards of safety required for many of the common types of mobile plant. The fatality rate in agriculture shows that these requirements are not always being met. 

Large advances in risk mitigation are made when equipment is commissioned with enhanced safety features (‘80% of risk mitigation opportunities occur at purchase’). Unlike the mining or logistics sectors, farms replace machinery relatively slowly and often have a wide mix of older and newer mobile plant in use.  

Australian agriculture has many thousands of small and medium sized businesses where much of the work is done by owners, family members and small numbers of employees. There are also some larger corporate entities with bigger workforces. In this research project our interest spans this range of farm businesses, with particular interest in small to medium farm businesses. 

One of the key influences behind safety practices is the way a business thinks about safety – its safety culture. This refers to the values and beliefs embraced by the business and is characterised as ‘the way we do things around here’. Organisations with a positive safety culture have the systems and capability to actively identify and manage risks. Its hallmarks are strong leadership (‘walking the talk’), mutual accountability for everyone’s safety and transparent reporting. 

 

Service Requirements

The outputs of this research 

  • Use a repeatable method to profile the external contextual settings that shape safety practices around a range of different types of mobile plant used in agricultural industries. The approach taken by the service provider should cover what external levers are (or are not) being applied to influence safety on farm. As an example, the areas for consideration in the profiles may include the RESET framework. Choice of the broad framework and its componentry with respect to mobile plant should be supported by review of the relevant literature.

  • Describe how current attitudes/ behaviours, practices and systems contribute to safe use of mobile plant for farm businesses participating in the project and: 
    • Identify the drivers and barriers to engagement in current practices and knowledge gaps on farm that could be improved to reduce fatalities. 
    • Identify the leverage points to initiate and sustain behavior change to reduce fatality and injury associated with use of mobile plant. 
    • Identify key safety behavior messages for use with farmers. 
    • Provide case studies of farmer approaches to safety around mobile plant.
  • Suggest other activities and investment opportunities to engage farmers for use by RDCs and other delivery partners including Farmsafe 

How to make a submission

Applications for this Request for Quote must be submitted online using the application in K2. Applicants are required to review the full Request for Quote documentation before submitting a response. 

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Terms and conditions

By submitting an application, respondents acknowledge that they are willing to accept the terms and conditions set out in the Provider Agreement. Applicants must be familiar with the Provider Agreement before lodging a response, and are advised to seek legal advice on it beforehand. 

These contracts and agreements have been developed to reflect AgriFutures Australia’s statutory and other procurement responsibilities. If you require any amendments to the standard agreement please complete the statement of non-compliance for each of the relevant clause. AgriFutures will then assess those requests. 

Applicants will be taken to have agreed to all clauses in the Provider Agreement that are not referred to in a statement of non-compliance. The extent of any non-compliance will be a factor in AgriFutures Australia’s evaluation of the application. 

If you require further information regarding the Provider Agreement, contact Erin Hulm, Manager, Legal Services: erin.hulm@agrifutures.com.au 

 

Timeline

Date Activity
30 May 2022 Request for Quote Issue
1 July 2022 End of period for questions or requests for information
12 noon AEST 1 July 2022  Closing time for respondent’s response
15 July 2022  Intended completion date of evaluation 
12 August 2022 Contract execution
1 June 2023 Date of completion of project

Contact

If you have any questions about the RFQ process or requirements in the management services, please contact: 

Name: Lechelle Van Breda

Position Title: Manager, Cross Sector Programs

Contact Details: programs@agrifutures.com.au