Child safety on farms

Children who live on farms are more likely to be injured or killed on the farm than their parents or other farm workers. Approximately one child dies every ten days due to farm-related injuries(1) Machinery, tractors, animals and water can all be dangerous for children on farms. The leading cause of child deaths on farms is drowning of children under five years. Providing a safe play area (eg. fencing part of the yard close to the house) for your child is important to keep them away for farm dangers. Older children can be taught about farm safety, but still need to be supervised at all times. Most importantly, children learn by imitation. If you practice and value farm safety, so will your child.

Keeping Kids Safe on Farms 

Fast facts:

  • Children who live on farms have a higher risk of injury or death than other children.
  • Teach your children about safety from a young age.
  • Talk to your child frequently about the safety rules of the farm.
  • Provide fenced play areas for young children.
  • Supervise older children when they work on the farm.

References used for this topic page

  1. FarmSafe Australia Child Safety on Farms

More information:

Worksafe Victoria
Farm safety risks for children

FarmSafe Australia
Child Safety on Farms

KidSafe NSW
Farm safety brochure [PDF]
Kids on Farms – Tips to help keep kids safe on farms

Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne
Farm safety [PDF]

Research & reviews:

Australian Journal of Rural Health
Protecting the future: Fatal incidents on Australian farms involving children (2001-2019)

Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety
Child care for Australian farming families [PDF 563kb]