Quad bike safety

The ACCC has formed a taskforce to investigate and determine whether to recommend to the Assistant Treasurer that he make a mandatory safety standard under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).

Safety investigation

Since 2011, there have been 121 deaths associated with the use of quad bikes, also known as all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), and 13 deaths associated with side-by-side vehicles (SSVs). Deaths occur equally during workplace and recreational riding. Around 15 per cent of deaths involve children. Each day approximately six people present with an injury at an Emergency Department, of which two people are admitted to hospital with more serious injuries.

A safety standard for quad bikes could:

  • require quad bikes to be tested in accordance with a national quad bike safety rating system
  • prohibit unsafe design features or mandate requirements for design and construction
  • prescribe the form and content of any warnings or instructions that need to accompany quad bikes at the point of sale, including the safety rating achieved by the quad bike.


Final Recommendation and Draft Standard

The ACCC has made a recommendation to the Assistant Treasurer to make a mandatory safety standard. A copy of the report and the exposure draft mandatory standard are available at:
Quad bike safety standard exposure draft

The Assistant Treasurer is seeking submissions into the exposure draft mandatory standard recommended by the ACCC. Submissions will be used to inform a recommendation and advice to the Minister about implementing a mandatory safety standard for quad bikes.

Interested parties can upload a submission via the online consultation hub.

Alternatively, submissions can be lodged by post or email to:

Quad Bikes Taskforce
Consumer Product Safety Branch
Australian Competition & Consumer Commission
GPO Box 3131
Canberra, ACT 2601

Email: qbtaskforce@accc.gov.au

Submissions are due by 5 pm, 10 June 2019.

Consultation RIS

A Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) was released for a six-week public consultation period on 22 March 2018. The RIS includes the five policy options being considered, the ACCC's preliminary recommendation, as well as a series of questions for stakeholder consideration. Consultation closed on 4 May 2018.

Public submissions received have been published on the consultation hub. The information provided in the submissions will be used to inform our final recommendation to the Minister.

See: Quad Bike Safety - Consultation Regulation Impact Statement ( PDF 1.9 MB )

Issues paper

Consultation on the Quad Bike Safety Issues Paper closed on 15 December 2017. Public submissions received have been reviewed by the ACCC and published on the consultation hub. The information provided in the submissions has been used to inform the development of the Consultation RIS.

Next steps

The ACCC will provide the Assistant Treasurer with its final recommendation with options to improve quad bike safety once it has examined and critically analysed all of the information provided during the investigation.

Broader review process

The ACCC is a member of an Inter Departmental Committee (IDC) focused on the safety of quad bikes, which is led by the Department of Jobs and Small Business.

The primary role of the IDC is to investigate developing a safety star rating system, which may be implemented through a safety standard.

The IDC established a Technical Review Group (TRG) to inform the development of the safety star rating system.

The ACCC has drawn on the TRG for technical advice in the development of a draft recommendation.

More information

Consultation on the quad bike safety draft RIS

Quad bikes and ATVs

Quad Bike Safety Issues Paper ( PDF 702.91 KB )