Primary Industries Health and Safety Partnership

Program Overview


The aim of the Primary Industries Health and Safety Partnership is to undertake RD&E activities that improve the:

  • Physical health of farming and fishing workers and their families.
  • Mental health of farming and fishing families.
  • The safety of the work environment and practices in farming and fishing industries.

This program is funded by the Rural Industries R&D Corporation, Grains Research and Development Corporation, Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, Australian Meat Processor Association, Meat & Livestock Australia, and the Cotton Research and Development Corporation.

The goal of this program is to improve the health and safety of workers and their families in the farming and fishing industries across Australia.

The Program covers physical and mental health and safety issues that are relevant to farming and farm families as well as those working in the fishing industry (both aquaculture and wild-catch sectors). 

The key target audiences for health and safety information are business owners, managers and employees, who with their families live on Australian farms and in fishing communities.

Improvement in the physical and mental well-being of these groups resulting from investment in RD&E is the key outcome of the Program.

The Program will also improve consultation and communication with health professionals and researchers working in the field of rural health and safety.

Program Aim

To support increasingly healthy, safe and productive working lives in the primary industries through investment in RD&E to drive sustainable improvements to work health and safety outcomes

R&D Plan

The Primary Industries Health and Safety Partnership 2013-2017 Plan sets out the objectives and accompanying strategies for R&D under the Program. 

WHS Manuals

The WHS Manuals for the Beef, Sheep and Wool Industries are located at

Farm Safety Video Competition

Do you live on a farm? Are you interested in a future in agriculture? Completing studies in the rural sector? Have a creative eye and a farm safety story to tell?

The Primary Industries Health and Safety Partnership (PIHSP) invites high school and university or agriculture college students aged between 13 and 21 to create and submit a video about an element of farm safety. 

The competition aims to raise awareness about farm safety in agriculture’s next generation, using the words (and vision!) of 13 to 21 year old’s to encourage better safety behaviour among their peers, families and Australia’s broader farming sector.

The winning entry from each category (high school and tertiary) will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize, and the second best entry from each category will be awarded $500 each. The videos will be uploaded to the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation YouTube site, as well as other social media avenues.

Entries close midnight Tuesday, 18 April 2017.

Click to read the Terms and Conditions.

In addition to uploading your video to Youtube (submission details in the Terms and Conditions), all entrants need to submit a Farm Safety Student Submission Form and the Student Confirmation Form.

2017 Farm Safety Video Competition winning entries:

Read more about the competition and winning entries. 

Details of Entry

To enter the Promotion, Eligible Entrants must:

a)  create a video that is between one and three minutes long and is about an element of farm safety;

b) upload the video to YouTube as an unlisted video; and 

c) send to the Promoter, Attn: Jennifer Medway, RIRDC Program Manager via email to or post c/o Charles Sturt University, Locked Bag 588, Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2678

i. a link to the video; 

ii. signed submission form with the answer to the question “In less than 100 words, tell us a bit about yourself and why you want to promote farm safety in Australia” (“100-word entry response”); 

iv. a video release form signed by each person appearing in the video.

Jennifer Medway, Program Manager
Ph: 0458 785 905

Key contacts and links

Program Manager, Policy and Cross Sectoral

Jennifer Medway 
Ph: 0458 785 905

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Current projects

All of RIRDC's current primary industries health and safety program research projects appear here. Click on a project name for more information about that project.

Completed projects

All primary industries health and safety program research projects completed by RIRDC appear here. Click on a project name for more information about that project.

Completed projects
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