Weed Hygiene

One of the most common ways weeds are spread is via mobile machinery, equipment and vehicles These include cars, motorbikes, ATVs, tractors and implements (including slashers and cultivators), earthmoving machinery, harvesting equipment, trucks and boats. Landowners, contractors, drivers, etc may, through routine daily activities, inadvertently spread weeds into clean areas.

The Weed Management Act 1999 outlines a person's responsibility in regards to preventing the spread of declared weeds on animals, soil, vehicles, machinery or produce.

The following publications provide general advice on weed hygiene for machinery, vehicles and equipment in order to prevent weed spread.
See also:

The Weeds Index for information on weeds including images for identification, control guidelines, management plans and information sheets.

In this Topic

  • Keeping it clean - A Tasmanian field hygiene manual
    This manual provides information on how to prevent the spread of freshwater pests and pathogens in Tasmanian waterways, wetlands, swamps and boggy areas.
  • Washdown Guidelines
    A guide to establishing washdown standards for machinery, vehicles and equipment to prevent the spread of weed seeds, insects and plant pathogens.
  • Weed Management and Hygiene Guidelines
    The Weed and Disease Planning and Hygiene Guidelines provide reference resource for those organisations, groups and individuals undertaking weed management planning or have a requirement to ensure they have appropriate hygiene controls in place to prevent the accidental spread of weeds or diseases.