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Weed and Seed

This course provides participants with knowledge and skills to inspect and clean machinery of material that may contribute to the spread of biosecurity threats.

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The trainers at site skills were very knowledgeable and worked with the guys that were finding it hard. We had Kurt and he was very hands on and took his time to explain and go through parts that seem difficult at first but got easier as we kept doing the revision. Top notch.

Friendly trainers and staff plenty of parking and easy to find. Smoko van pull up for smoko and lunch just outside the building.

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This weed and seed course includes the theoretical and practical components to meet the skills and knowledge required to be able to inspect and clean machinery, tools and equipment to preserve biosecurity when moving machinery from one location to another.

Participants will gain the following skills and knowledge:

  • Biosecurity protocols for contaminants
  • Contaminants and how they are disseminated
  • Cleaning techniques and agents
  • Personal decontamination
  • Safe work practices and PPE
  • Reporting procedurers

Training and assessment is conducted at Site Skills Training facilities. Upon arrangement, training and assessment can be conducted at the premises of industry clients providing there are suitable industry training facilities.

This course is suitable for those who are required to inspect and clean machinery, tools and other equipment including vehicles for material that may contribute to the spread of biosecurity threats. A basic to moderate English language, literacy and numeracy skill level is required.

All participants are required to wear the following minimum PPE to enter our facilities:

  • Fully enclosed shoes (steel-capped boots preferred)
  • Long-sleeve shirt with high visibility
  • Long work pants

Additional PPE may be required depending on the course requirements.

Upon successful completion of this course, a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment for the following units of competency will be issued:

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.

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.
  • DonĀ“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.