Chemicals

Many primary producers in Western Australia rely on chemicals to protect their agricultural enterprises from pests, weeds and diseases. Chemicals provide many benefits to primary production but must be used responsibly to minimise the adverse effects associated with their use.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development in conjunction with other state departments and federal authorities regulates the use of agricultural and veterinary chemicals to minimise risks to human health, the environment, animal welfare and trade.

Details about agricultural and veterinary chemical products registered for use in Western Australia can be sourced through the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority.

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  • Control information for skeleton weed (Chondrilla juncea L.), a declared pest in Western Australia.

  • Western Australia has laws to control chemical use on trade animals. These laws protect people, animals and the environment from harm.

  • Please note: Applications received during 13 December 2022 to 13 January 2023 (inclusive) will experience delays in being processed and may not be processed until after this period.

  • Foxes can cause significant losses to some agricultural producers. They also prey on many native animals. The best option is to control foxes before they become a problem.

  • Windmill grass (Chloris truncata) is a native species and is the tenth most common summer weed species in the Western Australian wheatbelt.

  • Annual ryegrass (Lolium rigidum) is one of the most serious and costly weeds of annual winter cropping systems in southern Australia.

  • Herbicides play a vital role in integrated weed management programs.

  • Sclerotinia stem rot is a fungal disease of canola, that can cause significant yield losses exceeding 20% under conducive conditions.  Initially only common in parts of the Geraldton port zone, it

  • Blackleg is the most regularly occurring, serious disease of canola in Western Australia.

  • The following information provides details on the characteristics of sodium fluoroacetate (1080) and its use in Western Australia

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