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An independent not-for-profit, non-government organisation encouraging and leading the way to safer farming

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Christmas Newsletter

E-News Christmas 2009.pdf (1.15 mb)

New Executive Officer for Farmsafe WA Alliance Inc

Farmsafe WA Alliance is pleased to announce the appointment of our new Executive Officer, Sheila Payne.

Sheila has worked in a variety of industries including finance, advertising and retail with a focus on sales and marketing.  Sheila also spent four years at Farm Weekly compiling the special publications which included the Field Day magazines and Farm Machinery Annuals which has given her a good insight into the rural sector.

Sheila says "I'm looking forward to the challenges in my new role and moving forward with the Farmsafe WA Alliance message through 2010.  I wish you all a very merry and SAFE Christmas and a prosperous New Year."

November/December Newsletter

The latest edition of E-news contains articles regarding the recent National Health and Safety Conference, a reminder about harvest safety and an article about Safety as a Core Life Value.

E-News November 2009.pdf (3.23 mb)

Employment Opportunities

Position Vacant - Executive Officer

Farmsafe WA Alliance is an independent, not-for-profit, non-government organisation encouraging and leading the way to safer farming.

We are looking for a dynamic and motivated Executive Officer to lead the way towards improving the safety culture amongst farmers.

As Executive Officer, you will manage and implement the strategic plan in line with direction provided by the Farmsafe WA Alliance Committee. This will include liaising with key stakeholders to develop partnerships as well as funding opportunities.

You must have strong expertise in project management and budgeting skills. You will also demonstrate excellent communication skills and be able to utilise these attributes to ensure the ongoing sustainability of the organisation.

Formal qualifications in Business/Agribusiness or similar is essential.

An appropriate remuneration package including a vehicle will be negotiated to secure an appropriate candidate.

To apply for this position, please send your resume as well as a covering letter explaining your experience in relation to above information as well as the Position Description to:

Michelle Taylor, Executive Officer

Applications close by COB Wednesday 4th November 2009.

Community Safety Month

Did you know that October is Community Safety Month?  Community Safety Month is part of a nation wide community safety initiative and aims to engage community participation to improve safety in the community. Throughout the month there will be events and activities to help remind all community members to be more safety aware -because injuries are preventable.

To find out more about Community Safety Month and what activities you can participate in, please visit the Community Safety Month webpage at or ICCWA on 94207212.


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July/August Newsletter

July/August 2009 Newsletter

This latest edition includes articles relating to seatbelts, noise injury prevention, community safety month, the National Farm Health and Safety Conference and much more!

Click here to view the latest newsletter.

National Conference Package Giveaway

National Farm Health & Safety Conference Package Giveaway!


As part of the forthcoming 7th National Farm Health & Safety Conference on the 13-15th October 2009 at the Vines Resort, Swan Valley, Alcoa and the Farmsafe WA Alliance have teamed up to provide three (3) conference attendance packages including single stay accommodation at the Vines Resort for interested parties committed to extending the farm safety message.

The Conference Package prize is available for one (1) attendee from each of the Peel and South West regions as well as a single package on offer state-wide. Total value of each package is $870.

Who is eligible?

Individuals who are dedicated to extending the rural farm safety message into their local community.

For example, this may be a farmer, local stock agent, mother, nurse, emergency worker or member of local government who is committed to improving farm safety in regional WA.

How to enter?

In 250 words or less explain why you are committed to rural safety and how you will extend the farm safety message into your local community post conference attendance

Where to send your application?

Mail:                Farmsafe WA Alliance, PO Box 118, Forrestfield, 6058, WA
Fax:                 9359 3468

Closing date for applications

Applications close by 5pm Monday 15th September 2009 with winners announced on Friday 25th September 2009.

Farmsafe WA Alliance would like to thank Alcoa for their support.


Conference Program and Registrations Open

National Farm Health and Safety Conference Registrations Open

Farmsafe WA Alliance is hosting "Time to Act" - 7th National Farm Health and Safety Conference on behalf of Farmsafe Australia. This national conference aims to build on the previous theme, Leading Change by providing the opportunity to discuss what is happening and encourage organisations to move forward and act towards changing the safety culture in rural enterprises.

The program is a diverse and colourful event that is underpinned by quality abstracts and spear-headed by several outstanding individuals whose presentations will both inspire, inform and entertain.

We encourage anyone interested in renewing energy and commitment to farm health and safety; learning the latest on what works in farm health and safety; learning practical ways to improve farm health and safety promotion and activities and exchanging valuable ideas and tips with colleagues to attend the conference.

The event will be held from the 13th to 15th October 2009 at The Vines in the Swan Valley and involves an industry tour as well as a mid-conference dinner and the presentation of the National Farm Safety Awards.

Sponsors of the event include CGU Insurance, GRDC, Alcoa, Landmark, Farm Weekly, Elders and Injury Control Council of WA (ICCWA). Visit our Conference Page for more information.

Farm Safety Week 2009

Farm Safety Week - 20th to 24th July 2009

Farmers and farming families are continuing to be injured and killed on Western Australian farms. Farm Safety Week is an opportune time for farmers to consider making adjustments to their farming practices to ensure everyone, including visitors and children, remain safe on farms and stations.

Last year's WA Farm Safety Award Winner, Rod Birch, has taken steps towards improving the safety on his farm.

Rod, who with wife Shelley crops wheat, canola and lupins at their property Catalina Farms, 30km south-east of Coorow, was presented last year with the CSBP sponsored award. Mr Birch said he had always considered risk mitigation a very important part of his farming enterprise and farm safety was a natural part of this process.

"The safety of our family members, our staff, contractors and visitors to the property is paramount," he said. "It's about being proactive rather than reactive so we have as many protocols in place to avert possible dangers or risks."

"In 1998 we chose to adopt a QA (quality assurance) program for our entire business in the belief that eliminating the risks meant less problems and a more successful and enjoyable farming enterprise."

"This includes full farm safety induction for all new staff, regular updates for existing staff and promoting the mindset that we don't take risks and they shouldn't either."

Farmsafe WA Alliance is an independent, not-for-profit, non-government organisation encouraging and leading the way to safer farming. We would like to encourage farmers to adopt a safety culture on their farm similar to Rod Birch and his family.

As part of Farm Safety Week, Farmsafe WA will be releasing daily media releases that will focus on key farm safety issues such as child safety on farms, road safety, noise injury prevention and four-wheel motorbike and machinery safety. Other checklists and information will also be made available for anyone interested.

For further information on Farm Safety Week and for further media releases click the link below or contact Michelle Taylor at the office on  (08) 9359 4118.

Monday 20th July 2009 Media Release Drive Safe

Tuesday 21st July 2009 Media Release Child Safety

Wednesday 22nd July 2009 Media Release Four Wheel Motorbike

Thursday 23rd July 2009 Media Release Hearing

Friday 24th July 2009 Media Release Machinery

Friday 24th July 2009 Media Release Conference

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May E-Newsletter

May 2009 E-Newsletter

Here is our Autumn edition for 2009, we hope you enjoy it!

E-News May 2009

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