• Simon Groth

Farm Drone Rebate


We live in exciting times in Agribusiness. Technology once only available to large or corporate agribusinesses are now becoming readily available and affordable to everyone.


A great example of this is Drones. Over recent years tech advances and cost reductions have lead to this awesome technology becoming available at the consumer level, bringing huge benefits and efficiencies with it.


From 27 February 2019 Safe Work NSW are offering a $500 cash rebate on the purchase of an eligible drone under the existing NSW quad bike safety improvement program.

Drones in agriculture are already being used in precision agriculture for mapping and aerial survey with the addition of precision sensors.

However entry level drones can be used for everyday tasks on a farm and ultimately save time and drive efficiency. Some everyday tasks for a drone could include:

  • General monitoring of crops and fodder

  • Checking fence lines

  • Checking watering points

  • Checking animal welfare

  • Searching for lost livestock

  • Vermin monitoring

In light of availability and affordability, the NSW Government had identified drones as a viable and safer alternative to Quad Bikes in farm management.



The Rebate


From 27 February 2019 Safe Work NSW are offering a $500 cash rebate on the purchase of an eligible drone under the existing NSW quad bike safety improvement program. Below is a basic outline of eligibility and details of the rebate.

  • You must already own an agricultural quad bike or side-by-side vehicle and meet the other terms and conditions of the Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program

  • The drone rebate is a new eligible item under the existing quad bike safety rebate program

  • Only one drone per eligible business can be claimed under the Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program

  • Farmers who have already received two rebates of up to $1,000 each under the Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program rebate are not eligible to claim an additional rebate against the purchase of a drone

Eligible Drone Models:

  • DJI Phantom

  • DJI Mavic

  • Parrot Bebop

  • Parrot Disco

  • Yuneec

  • DJI Inspire

  • DJI Matrice (200, 210)

  • Xaircraft (P10, P20, P30)

An extensive list of Q&As in realtion to the drone rebate can be found on the SafeWork NSW website https://www.safework.nsw.gov.au/resource-library/agriculture,-forestry-and-fishing-publications/quad-bike-pubs/quad-bike-safety-improvement-program-FAQs


Please contact one of our Advisors if you need assistance with your application or for any more information about drones in agriculture.


At Rawson Baker we have had access to a drone and put it to the test on farm. Below are some of the images captured.



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