Weed hygiene declaration

When can the Weed Hygiene Declaration (Part 1) be used?

The Weed Hygiene Declaration (Part 1) was developed to inform people about the weed contamination status of 'a thing' (including fodder, grain, gravel, machinery, mulch, packing material, sand, soil, stock, vehicles, and water) before receiving it. The Weed Hygiene Declaration provides information on whether the thing is contaminated with the reproductive parts of prescribed pest plants. If the thing could be contaminated, the receiver can either refuse the thing or take appropriate precautions to prevent weed infestations.

The Weed Hygiene Declaration (Part 1) meets the legislative requirements of a 'written notice' under the Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002. Under this Act, written notice is required before supplying a thing that is, or could be, contaminated with the following prescribed Class 2 declared plants:

  • parthenium (Parthenium hysterophorus)
  • prickly acacia (Acacia nilotica)
  • giant rat's tail grass (Sporobolus pyramidalis and Sporobolus natalensis)
  • American rat's tail grass (Sporobolus jacquemontii)
  • giant Parramatta grass (Sporobolus fertilis
  • Parramatta grass (Sporobolus africanus).

The Weed Hygiene Declaration (Part 1) provides:

  • a supplier with a way of meeting the requirements of section 45(2) of the Act
  • the potential receiver with information about whether a thing is free of weed reproductive material.

If the Weed Hygiene Declaration (Part 1) is being used to meet the requirements of a 'written notice', both the supplier and the receiver need to keep a copy for five years. Failure to keep the written notice for this period has a maximum penalty of up to $1000.

A person or organisation may develop and use their own 'written notice' so long as it includes: the supplier's name and address; the name of the prescribed Class 2 pest plant; and a statement that the thing may contain the reproductive material of the pest.

Supplying a 'thing' that is contaminated with a prescribed Class 2 declared pest without first supplying a written notice has a penalty of up to $40,000.

The Weed Hygiene Declaration (Part 1) or equivalent 'written notice':

  • MUST be used only for the prescribed Class 2 declared pests
  • CAN NOT be used for Class 1 declared pest plants
  • MAY be used for other species to inform the buyer.

When can the Weed Hygiene Declaration (Part 2) be used?

The Weed Hygiene Declaration (Part 2) was developed to provide assurance that a vehicle is clean or a vehicle's load is secured to restrict the release of soil or other organic material that is likely to contain the reproductive material of a declared pest plant prior to moving or transporting the vehicle or thing by road.  Moving or transporting by road without taking reasonable steps to restrict the release or to ensure a vehicle is free of the reproductive material of a declared pest has a penalty of up to $20,000.

If you are about to move or transport on roads, a vehicle or 'thing' that is contaminated with soil and other organic material that is likely to contain the reproductive material of a declared pest plant, the Weed Hygiene Declaration (Part 2) may be used to record the reasonable steps taken to restrict the release of the reproductive material or to ensure that the vehicle or thing is free of the reproductive material of the declared pest. This record may be evidence of a reasonable excuse.

The Weed Hygiene Declaration (Part 2) may be used for soil or organic material that may contain reproductive material of all plants including Class 1, Class 2, Class 3, locally declared pests and non-declared plants.

The Weed Hygiene Declaration (Part 2) can also be used

  • to partially satisfy conditions 15(4), 15(5) and 15(6) of the Land Access Code (PDF, 99 KB) for (a) the holder of a resource authority; or (b) a person acting for a holder under a resource authority.
  • to provide land owners (if asked) assurance that a vehicle is clean prior to entry to a property.

A person or organisation may develop and used their own record. It is suggested that this record includes at least the following details: the organisation or person´s name and address; identification details of the vehicle or thing; statements of how, where and when the vehicle or thing was cleaned so it was free of soil and organic material likely to contain the reproductive material of the declared pest plants; name of person making the declaration.

Who can sign a Weed Hygiene Declaration (Part 1) or (Part 2)?

Any individual may sign the Weed Hygiene Declaration (Part 1) or (Part 2) on their own behalf or on behalf of an organisation. A third party may sign a Weed Hygiene Declaration (Part 2), if they have direct knowledge of the reasonable steps taken to restrict the release of the reproductive material or to ensure that the vehicle or thing is free of the reproductive material of the declared pest.

Do I have to be an accredited certifier?

A person does not need to be accredited by Biosecurity Queensland to use Weed Hygiene Declaration (Part 1) or (Part 2).

What training is required?

No specific training is required for a person to sign the Weed Hygiene Declaration (Part 2). However, Biosecurity Queensland recommends that persons undertaking the cleaning and inspection of vehicles and machinery should obtain the competency levels equivalent to the superseded training modules:

  • RTD2313A      Clean machinery of plant, animal and soil material and
  • RTD2312A      Inspect machinery for plant, animal and soil material

or the current training module:

  • AHCBIO201A Inspect and clean machinery for plant, animal and soil material.

Where can a person get training?

The training module 'AHCBIO201A Inspect and clean machinery for plant, animal and soil material' is offered by some Registered Training Organisations (RTO) as part of a Certificate II in Agriculture, Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management or AHC31910 Certificate III in Weed Management.

The training modules (RTD2313A, RTD2312A, and AHCBIO201A) are also offered by some RTO as a stand alone course. Please contact your nearest RTO for further information.

Search training.gov.au for a list of RTOs currently offering AHCBIO201A.

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Further information

Last updated 03 August 2012