Rural plant code of practice review

The Rural plant Code of Practice 2004 (the Code) is currently under review. The review will consider what changes are necessary to ensure the Code remains fit-for-purpose and supports the agriculture industry to meet legislative obligations and ensure worker safety.

The current code outlines:

  • how to manage and identify risks from rural plant
  • duties to provide safety information on rural plant
  • principles for consultation between persons conducting a business or undertaking, workers and others
  • preventative measures for the safe operation of rural plant
  • management of specific plant risks for tractors, quad bikes, side-by-side vehicles
  • electrical risks, working at heights or confined space, and other specific risks
  • training requirements

While not limited to the below key issues, the review will consider updates to address:

  • tractor roll over protection
  • quad bikes and side-by-side vehicles
  • electrical risks
  • isolation and fatigue
  • technological advancements.

Consultation closed

You are invited to read the Rural Plant Code of Practice 2004 - Issues paper.

Written submissions were sought from all interested parties on the specific questions and key issues identified in the Issues paper.

We will also conduct targeted consultation with key stakeholders and work with a steering group to obtain advice on technical matters to inform the content of the Code.

Consultation closed 5pm, Monday 29 November 2021.

Written submissions

For further information about the review email whspolicy [at]">whspolicy [at]

Last updated 29 November 2021