All users must read and understand the information below before visiting UWA Farm Ridgefield.
You are a user if you are:
- Undertaking work while on the farm
- Staying at the farm
- Supervising visitors or students on the farm, or
- An external contractor on the farm
The UWA Institute of Agriculture (IOA) is responsible for the management of UWA Farm Ridgefield. Visitors and users accessing the farm are the responsibility of their school/group/organisation. As such, the IOA expects that prior to accessing the farm, the relevant checks have been completed by your supervisor or organisation to ensure you have sufficient information, instruction, training and supervision whilst on site. These checks may include, but are not limited to:
- Completing Field Work Risk Assessments and applications
- Undertaking relevant First Aid qualifications
- Appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and First Aid Equipment
- Scheduled calls in for remote work
Limited assistance is available on site and you are expected to arrive fully prepared for the activity you are there to undertake. If you are unsure of these requirements, please check with your supervisors or organisation before departing.
Please note that due to unforeseen weather conditions your visit may be cancelled at any time at the discretion of the Farm Manager.
Code of ethics
- The University’s Code of Ethics is a statement of the ethical principles, values and behaviours expected of all staff and students at UWA
- The Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct form part of the University's contract of employment with its staff
- Visiting staff and others acting in a voluntary capacity are expected to act in a manner consistent with the ethical and conduct obligations
- Visit UWA policies for more information.
Code of conduct
- The Code of Conduct details the legal and ethical obligations and expectations of all staff and students to act in accordance with the expressed standards of conduct, integrity and accountability contained in the relevant legislation
- Visit UWA policies for more information.
The Farm: Address and contact detailsThe Farm address is 167 Page Road, West Pingelly. The main entrance to the farm is at the end of Page RoadThe Farm Manager is Mr Richard McKenna Mobile: 0429 010 826 Email: farm-manager-IOA@uwa.edu.au
UHF Channel: 19
A google map to UWA Farm Ridgefield is on our Contact us page.
Visiting the farm
- Everyone who undertakes work, stays at or supervises anyone at Ridgefield Farm is required to complete this user induction prior to their visit
- PhD students visiting the farm unsupervised must complete this user induction
- External contractors undertaking work at the farm must complete this user induction
- Users must complete this induction annually
- Supervisors must ensure that everyone they are supervising completes a visitor induction before their visit.
- Enter the farm via Page Road.
- Follow the signs and make your way directly to the Old Farmhouse carport.
- When you arrive at the Old Farmhouse carport, text message the Farm Manager (0429 010 826) to inform him of your arrival. As a minimum, the text message must include: your name, organisation, where on the farm you will be visiting, how long you will be at the farm and how many people are in your group.
- Please note mobile service is intermittent at Ridgefield. If you do not have service, move to another area to be in range (Telstra have the most farm coverage, and Optus and Vodafone have limited coverage).
- On arrival, please collect a snake bite kit from the first aid section.
- On departure, you must send the Farm Manager another text message to inform him your group is leaving UWA Farm Ridgefield.
If visiting other farms prior to Ridgefield please ensure vehicle equipment and personal footwear are free from biological hazards, for example animal faeces, weeds etc.
Working at the farm - what to wear and what to bring
- Wear loose fitting clothing that allows for air circulation
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen, glasses, long shirt and work boots. Bring wet weather gear, as appropriate
- Ensure you take regular and adequate work breaks when working in extreme heat
- Ensure you keep your fluid levels up by drinking lots of water and make sure you carry enough water for the time you need to be on the farm
- Work in shade or under shade cloth where possible
- Ensure you know what to do if you or someone working in the area suffers from heat stress or heat stroke.
- Do not interfere with projects
- Smoking is prohibited on the farm. Smoking is a fire hazard and UWA is a smoke-free workplace
- Leave all farm gates how you find them - if it was open leave it open, if it was closed, close it again
- Mobile phone service is limited on the farm so plan ahead!
- Please note there is no Shire bin service at Ridgefield. Take all of your rubbish and excess project material when you leave the farm. If the Farm Manager is required to dispose of rubbish you will be charged a cleaning fee of $200.
- Diesel vehicles ONLY are to be driven around the farm - petrol vehicles are a fire hazard.
- Complete Vehicle Movement Bans are often in place during summer harvest. This means no vehicle is allowed to drive around the farm.
- If your vehicle is not fitted with UHF, take a hand-held device into the field with you. These devices are located beside the sign-in/sign-out book in the Old Farmhouse carport. Return them to the charger once you have finished.
- The acceptable speed limit on Page Road is 60km/h, although you should only drive as fast as you are comfortable and be aware that, as this is a gravel road, the condition of the road surface can change instantly from firm to sandy.
- The speed limit throughout the farm is 50km/h at all times. Caution must be exercised and slower speeds are required when passing lambing ewes, or other events as applicable.
Fire and vehicle movement bans
- Fire-ban and vehicle movement bans are put in place by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services and/or the Shire of Pingelly on days where fire danger is high to extreme. Before visiting the farm, you must read and understand the information on Total Fire Bans available from DFES, and the information on Harvest and Vehicle Movement Bans available from DFES and the Shire of Pingelly.
- If you are in a paddock and unsure if a fire ban exists, contact the Farm Manager on 0429 010 826 or Channel 19
- Don’t use equipment that could cause a fire during the hot dry months!
- If you are unsure, contact the Farm Manager
- Be vigilant – fires are a serious dry season risk. If you spot a fire call the Farm Manager immediately.
- Beware large machinery is constantly being used around the farm. You are responsible for your own safety!
- Do not attempt to operate farm vehicles, machinery or equipment without permission from the Farm Manager
- Machinery should only be used after the necessary operating procedures have been explained and the operator has clearly proven competency with that particular machine to the Farm Manager.
Equipment and tools
- There are tools which are available for general use but you must obtain permission from the Farm Manager prior to use.
- All tools must be returned at the end of each working day in a clean and undamaged state.
- You must demonstrate you can use them in a safe and correct manner.
- If you are unsure how to use any of the equipment please consult the Farm Manager. Certain pieces of equipment may also require you to hold a specific licence before the use is approved. Please see your supervisor if you have any questions.
- If you borrow tools and equipment from the shed, they must be returned at night in their appropriate places.
Damaged equipment/machinery/toolsIf a machine/equipment malfunctions whilst in use:
- Turn it off
- Make it safe (i.e. apply the handbrake, tag the steering wheel or other visible area with a FAULTY TAG)
- Report the malfunction to the Farm Manager and appropriate measures will be taken to repair it.
Responsibility for allocated areas
- The responsibility for maintenance of allocated areas rests with the USER. The Farm Manager may ask users of poorly maintained areas to clean them up
- The user is responsible for the clean up of their allocated area at the conclusion of their trial. This means the removal of pegs, string etc
- On completion of this clean up, inform the Farm Manager so they can resume responsibility for the land and begin preparations for the next user
- After use, all areas must be left clean and tidy, as you found them.
- No agricultural chemicals (for example pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, growth regulators) should be used without undergoing the appropriate training through AustChem WA.
- Visit AusChem WA for available training courses. Alternatively, if available you may employ UWA farm staff to undertake the spraying
- Ensure you have appropriate approval before bringing any new chemicals onto site
- If you are unsure about any details of the chemical, refer to the chemical safety data sheet (SDS).
- The Farm Manager may be available for limited periods to assist users on specific programs depending on work schedules
- All requests must be submitted to the Farm Manager in advance
- Charges may apply.
Undertaking research on the farm
Undertaking research on the farm
- Prior to undertaking research on the farm, submit Application to Conduct Research form, which will be received by the Farm Manager, Richard McKenna.
- If you wish to discuss any details or logistics of the application you can call the Farm Manager on: 0429 010 826.
- Costs and fees for research projects at Ridgefield are included in the Application to Conduct Research form.
- Once the application has been approved by the Farm Manager it will be forwarded onto the Future Farm 2050 Project Committee for their approval.
Animals at the farm
- You must email the Farm Manager a copy of the relevant animal ethics approvals and permits prior to commencement of research.
- You must obtain permission from the Farm Manager prior to any spraying
- You must have completed the appropriate AusChem WA training courses for spraying. Alternatively, if available you may employ UWA farm staff to undertake the spraying.
- After applying any chemicals please email the Farm Manager (farm-manager-IOA@uwa.edu.au) so the details can be recorded for the register. The details required are: type of chemical used (including the active ingredient) and the rate applied, weather conditions, area it was applied to, the operator who applied it and any other information which may be relevant, for example target species.
Prior to staying at the Old Farmhouse:
- You must make a booking online
- Read the Terms and conditions
- Read the house rules, including the cleaning requirements, listed in the next section entitled ''Accommodation at the Old Farmhouse: Terms and Conditions and house rules''.
- All hazards, incidents and near misses must be reported to the Farm Manager and your supervisor
- Report any other concerns to the Farm Manager for example sheep water trough dry, sheep lying down and won't get up.
Accommodation at the Old Farmhouse: Terms and Conditions and house rules
Please read the terms and conditions carefully.
All bookings made for accommodation at the Ridgefield Old Farmhouse are subject to these Terms and Conditions and the person making the booking will be deemed to have accepted these Terms and Conditions on behalf of all persons who will be staying at the property.
Please note, Ridgefield Farm is set in a remote location. While staying on site it is important to be vigilant and secure. Lock the accommodation buildings when you are away for an extended period of time, ensure you know who is and who should be on site, have a plan if you are working alone and a method for contacting others and do not leave valuable items out in plain sight.
All booking requests are to be made via our booking page.
Bookings are subject to availability and advance bookings are essential.
After completing the online booking you will receive email confirmation of your request.
The Old Farmhouse can accommodate a maximum of 10 people. Bookings are for a bed and not a room. Guests may be required to share a room. Food is not to be consumed in the bedrooms.
2. Accommodation rates in the Old Farmhouse
- Students – $15.00 per person, per night
- Staff and other guests – $25.00 per person, per night
All payments for UWA bookings are to be made by an Internal Funds Transfer (IFT) raised by the IOA and based on the number of people for whom the booking was made.
All payments for non–UWA bookings are to be made in advance by Visa or MasterCard by calling the Institute of Agriculture on (+61 8) 6488 4717 or (+61 8) 6488 3410.
Payments will be processed at the end of your booking. Payments for bookings are non–refundable.
5. Amendments to bookings
All amendments to bookings are subject to availability.
6. No–shows and early departures
If you do not show up for your booking you will be charged 100% of the total booking fee.
Users who need to depart earlier than anticipated must email the IOA before leaving Ridgefield. Failure to notify the IOA of early departure may result in being charged 100% of your booking fee.
7. Credit for cancelled bookings
In some instances booking credit may be issued for cancelled bookings. This credit can be applied only to future accommodation bookings and will be valid for twelve months from the date of cancellation.
8. Damage/extra cleaning fee
A minimum fee of $200 will be charged if additional cleaning is required or if damage to the property has occurred. If the fee is charged, it will be split between all business units occupying the house unless the person or persons responsible for the extra cleaning or damage identify themselves.
If something requires maintenance – please let us know! Contact the IOA Administration Office on (+61 8) 6488 4717 or email Sandra Mata.
The 'house rules' are prominently displayed in the house. Prior to the first day of your booking please alert each member of your group to the following requirements.
Before departure please ensure that:
- All floors are vacuumed and mopped
- All benches are cleaned
- Fridge is wiped out and no food remains in the fridge
- Stove top is cleaned
- Oven is cleaned
- All dishes are washed and put away
- Chairs and table are left neatly
- Bathrooms are cleaned – shower, toilets and vanities
- Rubbish bins are emptied
- No rubbish remains outside or inside the building
A barbecue is available if needed.
We welcome your feedback. If there is anything that you believe requires maintenance, please email Sandra Mata.
- For contact details of emergency services in the Shire of Pingelly, please check this webpage.
- Emergency App - An emergency app has been developed by Australia's emergency services. The app uses GPS functionality built into smart phones to help a triple zero (000) caller provide location details required to mobilise emergency services.
- Phone 000 in an Emergency for ambulance.
- If you have no phone coverage, you can still call 112 and reach emergency services.
- First aid kits are available in the main sheds and in the Old Farm House. If you notice any items missing please advise the Farm Manager
- The nearest Hospital is the Pingelly Medical Centre, located in Pingelly, and open 24 hours. The number is 08 9887 2222.
Australia has number of species of snakes and these can be found around farms. They can be found in fields and areas of long scrub, and they may come around farm houses looking for water or mice.
When dealing with snakes it is important to remember:
- Never attempt to catch or kill a snake
- If you see one located inside the accommodation building immediately close the door to the room, report it to the Farm Manager and assistance to remove the snake will be provided
- Do not leave external doors open and do not leave out any food that may attract mice
- If you see a snake, quickly and safely walk away from the area
- Always wear long pants and enclosed shoes when working outdoors, especially in long scrub/grass/fields
- Always carry a snake bite first aid kit
If a snake bite occurs you should:
- Immediately call 000 for help. If you are out of mobile range use the Two-way Radio to contact the Farm Manager (Channel 19) and get them to contact emergency services
- Bandage the area of the bite firmly (if you do not have a kit handy tear up a shirt or other material)
- Put a splint on the limb and immobilise it so it's moved as little as possible
- Seek medical help immediately
- If you smell smoke, stop what you are doing and take a few minutes to see where the smoke is coming from and the wind direction
- If a fire starts, immediately call 000 and text/call the Farm Manager on 0429 010 826 and report the details of the fire and your location
- For a small fire in or around the Old Farm House, a number of fire extinguishers are available for use. They will only provide 60 seconds worth of water/foam and are only suitable for small fires or to get out of a burning building
- Alert other staff working in the vicinity by yelling 'fire, fire, fire'
- If safe to do so, evacuate to the grassed area outside the Old Farm House. Evacuate yourself and others using the nearest safe exit point as far away from the fire as possible
- If you are trapped on the farm by fire or unsure where to go keep in contact with the Farm Manager or if fire authorities are present, follow their instructions
- If you cannot contact the Farm Manager or if it is unsafe to stay, evacuate the farm via one of the two main exit points (Page Road or Lamard Road exits). The Lamard Road entrance/exit is located on the north eastern side of the farm
- Follow the signs to Pingelly
- Contact your university supervisor or manager and advise them of your wellbeing and location. Call 6288 2222 to report the fire to UWA security
- The number one priority is the safety of you and others, everything else can be replaced.
You must submit this form to register that you have read and understood the User Induction. This User Induction must be completed every 12 months.