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Farm safety calendar competition

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Learning outcomes

The Farm safety calendar competition raises awareness among primary school students and their communities of common hazards on farms and other rural properties.

The published calendar is an opportunity for safety messages to be prominently displayed in the home throughout the year, reminding Queenslanders of all ages to work and play safely on farm properties.

Students were asked to draw and colour a picture using the competition template that illustrates one farm safety message (see below).

When speaking to students about farm safety and the competition, discuss each of the risks, why they are dangerous and how the risks can be controlled to keep them safe. Also talk about why it is important to talk to an adult if they feel unsafe or see something unsafe.

Choose a safety message


  • Don't use damaged power cords—turn off the power and tell someone about it straight away.
  • Safety switches save lives—make sure they're fitted and tested.
  • Look up and live—look out for powerlines when using machinery.


  • Animals can be unpredictable. Respect their size and strength and learn how to work with them safely.
  • Always wash your hands after working with livestock or playing with animals as they carry diseases that can transfer to people.

Tractors and machinery

  • Look out for machinery and vehicles because the driver may not see you.
  • Quad bikes are a great tool, but they are not a toy. Ride ready—wear a helmet, never double, kids only use a kid sized bike, get training, and ride on well-known tracks.

Water storage and fenced yard

  • Dams, creeks and channels can be dangerous places to swim. Make sure you have an adult with you to stay safe.
  • A fenced yard for young kids and toddlers to play in will keep them away from many farm dangers.


  • Sugar cane and trash fires move quickly—keep well away.
  • Keep an emergency plan for bushfires and house fires and practice it regularly. Call 000 if there is a fire at your home or farm.


  • Chemicals can be dangerous. Children need to keep away from them.
  • Chemicals should only be used by adults who have been trained in how to use them properly.

Health and wellbeing

  • Who in your house knows how to do CPR? This method of chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth breathing can save lives!
  • Be sun safe! Work in the shade in the middle of the day and remember to drink water and have rest breaks—heat stress can make you really sick.


Judges will use set criteria to select the winning entries to be included in the calendar, and will select an even spread of age groups of entrants and safety messages.

Entries will be judged on:

  • the clarity of the safety message
  • use of colour in the picture
  • creativity of the picture.

How to enter

Entries should be submitted on white paper, using the competition template. For the entry to be valid, all fields on the template need to be completed in legible handwriting, including the student's first and last names, year level, school, theme and a consent signature from the student's teacher or parent.

Entries should be posted to:

Awareness and Engagement Unit
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland
GPO Box 69

Entries must be received by 5pm Friday 26 June 2020.

Helpful resources

Check out this year's winning entries.

Check out the winning entries from last year.

Check out children on farms at