The Primary Industries Health and Safety Partnership (PIHSP) has launched an inaugural competition inviting high school, university and agriculture college students aged between 13 and 21 to create and submit a video about an element of farm safety.
The competition aims to raise awareness about farm safety in agriculture’s next generation, using the words and vision of 13 to 21 year old’s, to encourage better safety behaviour among their peers, families and Australia’s broader farming sector.
PIHSP described the competition as a way for students to express a personal experience, something close to their heart, or about something they had seen or heard that needs greater awareness.
“Does it annoy you that your brother never wears a helmet when he musters on the motorbike? Have you jumped in the back of a ute without thinking – and had a near miss? Did your friends ignore the floodway markers and try to drive through anyway?
Chairman of the PIHSP Advisory Panel, Patrick Murphy, said the judging panel wants to see video clips that will make the younger generation think twice about their actions and be safer on farm.
“When it comes to farm safety and ensuring the message cuts through with young people, there’s no better way to get that message across than by delivering it with the voices of their peers,” Mr Murphy said.
“This is the first time PIHSP has embarked on a video competition and we’re confident that it’s a great way to continue the conversation around farm safety, and to gain a better perspective of what’s important to the next generation of the agricultural sector.”
All videos will be judged on the following criteria:
- Impact of message about farm safety
- Public benefit
- Your reasons for wanting to promote farm safety in Australia
The winning entry from each category (high school and tertiary) will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize, and the second best entry from each category will be awarded $500 each. The videos will be uploaded to the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation YouTube site, as well as other social media avenues.
Entries open on Monday, 16 January 2017 and close Tuesday, 18 April 2017.
Winners will be announced Friday, 28 April 2017.
For Terms & Conditions and Application Forms, please click the Farm Safety Video Competition tab at www.rirdc.gov.au/pihsp.
Remember: we want to see video clips that will make younger people think twice about their actions and be safer on farm! BUT you must not engage in dangerous activity to get this message across!”