Safety Standard for Quads

Monday 9th November, 2020

Quads are a popular and useful vehicle choice for many tasks on farm. However, they are also extremely dangerous and have caused a high number of severe injuries and fatalities on Australian Farms.

The quad’s design is such that significant co-ordination, strength, judgement and experience are required to achieve safe operation. The majority of fatalities and serious injuries occur when the quad rolls over, and without an operator protection device (OPD), people are crushed or pinned underneath the vehicle, often with tragic consequences. Over half of quad related deaths in the workplace and one third of deaths during recreational activities are caused by crush injuries or asphyxiation.

To help protect quad users, the Australian Government introduced a mandatory safety standard under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL): the Consumer Goods (Quad Bikes) Safety Standard 2019. 

  • The first stage of requirements for all quads became mandatory on 11 October 2020.
  • The second stage places additional requirements for general use quads supplied from 11 October 2021.
  • The standard does not apply to second-hand quad bikes other than those second-hand quad bikes that are imported into Australia. 

 The Standard Requires:

Stage 1: 11th Oct 2020

All New and Imported second-hand Quads:

  1. Have a hang a tag on the quad that allows you to compare the safety of models prior to purchase
  2. Have a durable warning label affixed to the quad that warns the user of the quad bike of the risk of rollover
  3.  Include, in the owner’s manual, information on the risk of rollover
  4. Meet certain requirements in the US or European standards for quads and have a spark arrestor that conforms to the US or Australian standards

Stage 2: 11th Oct 2021 

New and Imported second-hand general use Quads:

  1. Have an operator protection device (OPD) fitted or integrated into its design to help protect riders from the risk of serious injury or fatality as a result of being crushed or pinned in the event of a rollover by holding the quad off the ground
  2. Meet minimum stability requirements for lateral, rearward and forward static stability

More information 

The ACCC has released the below video to help consumers understand what changes they can expect come 11 October 2020 and 2021.