New software to reduce the incidence workplace deaths and injuries on farms will be made available, with a South Australian start up receiving nearly $500,000 to bring its idea to market.

Safe Ag Systems has been approved to receive $498,000 in staged funding through the South Australian Early Commercialisation Fund (SAECF), making it the largest grantee since the program was introduced in November 2016.

Safe Ag Systems is an innovative, cloud-based software which enables agribusiness to develop and maintain their workplace health and safety system and assist with ongoing compliance.

Whether it’s a snakebite, bushfire or machinery injury, the program provides emergency response plans which can be easily viewed and activated at the touch of a button. Farm owners can equip their workers with safety instructions specific to machine, task or tool as well as perform an inspection out on the job.

The company was developed by co-founders Ms Caroline Graham, a Yorke Peninsula farm owner, and daughter and CEO Ms Katy Landt who several years ago saw an enormous need for improved workplace safety systems for farmers.

Other recent grantees are:

  • Liquid Integrity Systems – remote sensing for leak detection in lined liquid waste facilities.
  • Thuming Pty Ltd – a concept precision seeding system for broad acre farming practices
  • Sine Group Pty Ltd – Visitor and Contractor Registration System using an integrated platform for multiple sectors
  • Flinders Partners, novel sports hydration system PrepD – which primes the body for optimal fluid absorption
  • SMR Automotive Australia – prototype of BioPen, a hand-held 3D printing surgical device enable cartilage repair through creation of bespoke 3D-printed biomaterials.

The $10 million, four-year SA Early Commercialisation Fund provides staged grants of up to $500,000. To date over 240 expressions of interest have been received from entrepreneurs, innovators, researchers and businesses.