Health and safety

The Rural Safety and Health Alliance is a partnership of nine Rural Research and Development Corporations. The aim of the Alliance is to generate positive change in Australia’s rural industry’s work health and safety performance.

About the Rural Safety and Health Alliance

Australia’s Rural Research and Development Corporations (RDCs) have a long history of investment in health and safety research, development and extension and formed the Primary Industries Health and Safety Partnership (PIHSP) more than 20 years ago.

AgriFutures Australia is leading a renewed partnership of the RDCs to improve our rural industry’s health and safety record and will focus on incorporating innovative research and extension to help achieve these aims. The new partnership aims to increase cross-sector collaboration and bring new, creative and different solutions to current safety and health challenges.

The partnership, now called the Rural Safety and Health Alliance, will invest in practical solutions informed by industry input on work, health and safety risks.

Aims of the Alliance 

Key features of the alliance include:

  • Setting clear priorities to better target research, development and extension
  • Strengthening industry leadership
  • Developing a ‘shark tank’ funding model, where applicants work together to pitch projects for funding

There is an enormous social, emotional and economic toll to workplace death and injury so the Alliance is focused on giving farmers and fishers the tools to create safer working environments for themselves, their workers and their families.

Who forms the Rural Safety and Health Alliance? 

The Rural Safety and Health Alliance is supported jointly by AgriFutures Australia, Australian Eggs, Australian Pork, Australian Wool Innovation, Cotton Research and Development Corporation, Dairy Australia, Fisheries Research & Development Corporation, Grains Research & Development Corporation and Meat & Livestock Australia.

Stay up to date

The Rural Safety and Health Alliance is seeking registrations of interest from groups or individuals who want to be kept updated as the Alliance develops.  Research and extension professionals, industry associations, producers, agricultural workers, government and advocacy groups would benefit from receiving our news.

Contact

Andrew Barrett
Executive Officer, Rural Safety and Health Alliance
0422 403 506
andrew@rsha.com.au

Jennifer Medway
AgriFutures Australia
Senior Manager, Business Development
0458 785 905
jennifer.medway@agrifutures.com.au

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