Health and safety

The Rural Safety and Health Alliance is a collaboration of eight Rural Research and Development Corporations. The aim of the Alliance is to generate positive change in Australia’s primary industries’ 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. In 2018 AgriFutures Australia helped establish a formal collaboration between eight RDCs, called the Rural Safety and Health Alliance (RSHA).

RSHA goal 

The goal of the RSHA is to build the capacity of its members to improve work health and safety in their agricultural industries. To this end, RSHA members share ideas and resources on farm safety, invest collaboratively in research and development where there are significant gaps or opportunities to improve work health and safety on farms, and promote interest in farm safety across the agricultural sector.

RSHA members

The Rural Safety and Health Alliance is a joint initiative of AgriFutures Australia, Australian Eggs, Australian Pork, Australian Wool Innovation, Cotton Research and Development Corporation, Dairy Australia, Grains Research & Development Corporation and Meat & Livestock Australia.

Farmsafe Australia is a valued partner of the Alliance, conducting campaigns and creating quality resources for farmers to raise awareness of health and safety issues in rural communities.


Pauline Brightling

Secretariat, Rural Safety and Health Alliance

0419 336 211

Lechelle van Breda

AgriFutures Australia

Manager, Cross Sector Programs, Business Development
0477 426 932

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