Weed control methods

There are many methods available to manage the impact of weeds:

Chemical weed control

The following are requirements when planning a chemical weed control program.

  1. All chemicals must be used in accordance with the label specifications and be accompanied by the appropriate Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS).
  2. Seek advice from your local chemical supplier.
  3. If you wish to use a chemical at a different rate to that recommended on the label or apply chemicals to species not listed on the label, refer to one of the minor use permits below (see Minor Use Permits).
  4. If the species is not listed on Minor Use Permit # 13333, # 13236 or # 82305, contact the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority for more information.
  5. Consider how you will manage spray drift and non-target damage.
  6. Consider Occupational Health and Safety factors, particularly in relation to appropriate training and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  7. Consider your legal requirements in relation to chemical use, pollution and native vegetation. When undertaking weed control in bushland areas that contain Threatened Flora and Threatened Ecological Communities, you must apply for a permit. 
  8. If conducting control near waterways, refer to the   pdfHerbicides: guidelines for use in and around water271.19 KB.
  9. For more information, refer to  pdfHerbicides: knowing when and how to use them197.3 KB.

Minor use permits

Minor Use Permit # 13333 - This permit allows persons to use products in the manner specified in the permit in designated jurisdictions and for specific species.

Minor Use Permit # 13236 – This permit allows persons to use products in the manner specified in the permit in designated jurisdictions for the control of declared plants in Western Australia.

Minor Use Permit # 82305 - This permit allows persons to use products in the manner specified in the permit in designated jurisdictions for the control of mesquite in rangelands in Western Australia.

Note – always ensure you check the expiry date of the permit.

Weed control resources