Weed And Seed Declaration

Preventing weed spread: advice for farmers Weeds can cause serious economic, environmental and social problems. Queensland farmers play an important role in preventing weeds from spreading. Find out what you need to know about vehicle weed and seed washes in Queensland. We’ve put together this full guide to help simplify the requirements. This guide includes useful information for your vehicle as well as some notes on the relevant legislation. Use this guide e as a reference only. Find out about how weeds are spread and recommended actions for prevention.

Preventing weed spread: advice for farmers

Weeds can cause serious economic, environmental and social problems. Queensland farmers play an important role in preventing weeds from spreading.

The Biosecurity Act 2014 requires everyone to take all reasonable and practical steps to minimise the risks associated with invasive plants and animals under their control. This is called a general biosecurity obligation (GBO).

You can use the following strategies to prevent weeds from spreading on and from your property.

Everything Regarding Weed
& Seed Washes in Queensland

We’ve put together this full guide to help simplify the requirements related to vehicle Weed and Seed Washes in Queensland.

  • This guide includes useful information for your vehicle as well as some notes on the relevant legislation
  • We have included a quick summary at the end along with where to find answers to any additional questions you may have

FleetCrew is able to provide copies of compliance paperwork, upon request, for all our FleetCrew hire vehicles. Please request this paperwork at the time of making the booking as we will need to know which site or sites you intend on visiting. Please also note we are able to provide Weed and Seed Washes in Queensland for our customers own fleet. Call us today for a quote.

This guide was created primarily for use as a reference only and we encourage you to check the local and state requirements for your destination.

What is Weed Hygiene ?

Vehicle Weed & Seed Washes in Queensland

If you own or operate a vehicle in Queensland, you must make sure that it is free of any declared plant species and their reproductive materials.

In addition to providing advice and best practice principles for pest management, the Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002 ensures appropriate regulations are enforced to reduce and prevent the spread of declared plant species.

Depending on your destination, you will require either a Weed Hygiene Declaration or a Vehicle Hygiene Inspection Report – in some cases you might need both. Our onsite trained and certified personnel can perform, inspect, and sign off on these reports.

When entering a property, you may be requested to provide record of the vehicles Weed & Seed Wash history (Weed Hygiene Declaration), or else be refused entry.

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It is an offence (under Section 270 of the act) to disobey any directions given by an authorised person (as defined by the act) who directs you to stop your vehicle.

In other words: fines apply for non-compliance.

Vehicle clean-down procedures are a major component of this 197 page piece of legislation. Failure to comply with certain protocol could see you receive penalties of up to $20,000. This is why it’s so important to be up to date about the processes and requirements for Weed & Seed Washes.

In Queensland alone, weeds account for more than $600 million dollars in lost productivity, land degradation, and control. The agricultural and tourism industries are in a constant battle to manage the challenging issues that invasive plants represent. Poorly cleaned vehicles are often to blame for spreading these plants.

This issue isn’t taken lightly, and fleetcrew are serious about following regulations, protecting the environment, and helping you stay out of trouble by doing the right thing.

Weed Declaration vs Hygiene Report

Do you need a Weed Hygiene Declaration or a Vehicle Hygiene Inspection Report?

This depends on where you intend to travel.

Most often, you will only need a declaration. This can be completed by anyone who is either the seller, supplier or the driver, just as long as they have direct knowledge of the steps taken to clean the vehicle. These declarations can be supplied upon request. Please note these will need to be requested prior to pick up.

Certain worksites will also require you to complete a Vehicle Hygiene Inspection Report. This can only be provided by a trained and certified inspector. You will need to contact every worksite you intend on visiting to confirm their own requirements, before your travel. We have the paperwork for QGC and Origin sites however if your site has specific paperwork we can complete this as well when forwarded to us prior to pick up.

Fleetcrew have onsite personnel who can inspect, perform, and sign declarations and hygiene inspections for all vehicles, including your own personal vehicle (bookings essential).

Who Can Perform a Weed & Seed Wash

A Weed & Seed Wash should be performed by a trained and registered professional.

Training modules are supplied by the state government and all fleetcrew staff who are certified to perform a Weed & Seed Wash have completed the “AHCBIO201A – Inspect and clean machinery for plant, animal and soil material” course (or equivalent).

Fleetcrew Weed & Seed Wash Bays

Fleetcrew’s seed and wash bays in Brisbane, Mount Isa and Dysart are fully equipped to comply with state regulations and our own staff comprehensively clean and inspect all of our vehicles before they leave the depot. Please note weed and seed washes must be requested at the time of making the booking.

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Public Weed & Seed Wash Bays

There are Weed & Seed Wash bays that are open to the public. These are maintained by the local council of that area.

To find out more about these, including where to find them and their opening hours, please speak with the local council for more information.

What’s Involved in a Weed & Seed Wash

To be declared and certified, the following areas of the vehicle must be cleaned and inspected. A full checklist is available for download in the resources section below:

The precise requirements will depend on the type of vehicle. The rule of thumb is: everywhere and everything. If it’s not hermetically sealed, it needs to be done.

A vehicle is not considered clean until it has had all organic matter removed. This includes all dirt and soil, plant, and animal matter.

How Long Between Weed & Seed Washes

Declared species, the broad-leaved pepper tree

A vehicle will continue to be considered clean if it remains on sealed roads. If travelling on unsealed roads, these roads must be in good condition and regularly maintained.

As soon as a vehicle enters an area where weeds may be present, the owner/driver must ensure all reasonable steps are taken to clean the vehicle.

Some worksites will consider a vehicle no longer clean after a set period of time.

Weed & Seed Wash Summary

Complying with Weed & Seed Wash requirements is a relatively straightforward affair. Once you understand how to comply, and perhaps more importantly why, you should avoid any major problems.

Remember the following:

  • Invasive plant species cost Queensland $600 million every year
  • Species are most often spread via unclean cars
  • If you intend on entering a property, you will need an up to date and signed Weed Hygiene Declaration
  • Certain work sites will also require that you have an up to date and signed Vehicle Hygiene Inspection Report
  • Declarations and reports are valid from the vehicle’s point of origin
  • Large fines apply for deliberate noncompliance
  • It is everyone’s responsibility, including yours, to help control the spread of invasive weeds and protect our farm lands and native ecosystems

Speak with the team at FleetCrew if you have any questions, or check out the resources listed below.

Preventing the spread of significant weeds

Preventing the spread of weeds is difficult, as many weeds have physical characteristics that allow their seeds and other reproductive parts to be easily transported over long distances.

Weed seeds ‘fly’ on the wind, ride river currents, hitch a lift on shoes, clothing, vehicles and machinery, and attach themselves to pet fur, livestock and wildlife. Seeds and plant parts can also hide in soil, water, mulch, animal feed and herbivore faeces.

Whenever people or animals move through weed-infested areas, there is a chance that weeds will be spread to new areas. Weeds have the potential to adversely alter ecosystem function, reduce primary industry productivity and profitability, and seriously limit the long-term sustainability of all the state’s agricultural and natural resources.

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Highly invasive weeds threaten grazing lands, waterways, national parks and urban environments. In Australia, the cost of weeds on agriculture has been estimated at $4 billion a year (excluding the impacts on the environment and community).

More than 90 species of weeds have been recognised as prohibited or restricted invasive plants in Queensland under the Biosecurity Act 2014. Unless we take action now, the number of new weeds will continue to climb, adversely affecting our economy, environment and health, and our enjoyment of the outdoors.

One of the most cost-effective ways to control weeds is to stop them spreading and eradicate new infestations.

Under the Biosecurity Act 2014 everyone has a general biosecurity obligation (GBO) to prevent or minimise the risks of spreading weeds. To meet your GBO consider the following information:

  • Identify the major weeds in your area. Your local government, Bushcare or Landcare group may provide you with more information.
  • Dont pick flowers or plants that you can’t identify – they may be weeds.
  • Before buying anything that may be contaminated with weed seed ask the vendor if it could contain weed seeds. This will help inform your choice, as weeds can be transported as contaminants in soil, grain, hay, and mulch, and by livestock.
  • Stick to designated roads and tracks and avoid weed-infested areas.
  • Clean your equipment, boots, vehicles and machinery when leaving known weed-infested areas. off-road vehicles by blowing, vacuuming or washing dirt and seeds.
  • Check boats, propellers and trailers before entering or leaving waterways and remove any plant material.
  • Contact landowners before entering their properties and check what their requirements are for preventing the spread of weeds.
  • Don´t dump weeds and garden waste in bush or parkland. Dispose of waste appropriately by transporting it safely to a waste disposal facility or burn it, bury it or add it to onsite mulching.
  • Never buy waterweeds or keep them in your ponds and aquariums.
  • Never dump aquarium plants, water or contents down drains or into waterways.
  • Check Australian Government import restrictions before ordering plant material from overseas, including bulbs and seeds purchased over the internet or by mail order.
  • Wash your car on the lawn to prevent detergent entering waterways via stormwater drains, as nutrient-enriched water and soil promote weed growth.
  • Review suggested weed control measures to manage and limit infestations before they spread and become a major problem.

Contact us

If you would like to know more about how to control and manage the spread of weeds within Queensland, contact the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries on 13 25 23.