Skeleton weed Management guide - Program and protocols

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Protocols checklist

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Report all suspected skeleton weed finds to DPIRD or LAG within 48 hours.

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If skeleton weed is confirmed, notify all neighbours of the discovery and location of all infestations within five working days.

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Complete a Full Search of all new infested paddocks within 14 days of confirmation.

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Complete a Full Search of all current Code 1 paddocks by 31 December.

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Complete a Surveillance Search of all Code 2, and all paddocks adjacent to Code 1 paddocks from last season by 31 January.

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Keep the minimum required search and treatment records and submit with property maps to your local DPIRD or LAG office by 15 February.

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Do not cultivate through marked infestations during the first seeding period after discovery of skeleton weed.

small tick Prevent active movement of skeleton weed by minimising the risk of contaminated produce and equipment moving around and off the property.

Non-compliance with protocols

By following the protocols to manage skeleton weed, landholders ensure the success of the Skeleton Weed Program. Failure to comply with any of the protocols will result in regulatory management, and this applies to both broad acre and urban landholders.

Regulatory management involves:

  • The issuing of a Direction Notice under Section 36 of the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Regulations 2013. This Notice will require the landholder/manager to complete the nominated search/treatment work as directed and complete and submit fully compliant records to DPIRD within a specified time frame, usually seven days.
  • Failure to comply with a Direction Notice will result in the work being carried out by DPIRD under Section 38 of the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007, with all associated costs being recovered from the landholder/manager. Prosecution will be considered where there is evidence the landholder/manager has been aware of an infestation and their responsibilities, and has made no effort to comply. 

Pest control notices

In the shires of Narembeen and Yilgarn where skeleton weed is declared category C3 (Management), DPIRD can issue a pest control notice under section 31 of the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007. The notice will require the landholder to treat the land area, described within the notice, with herbicide to prevent seed set and will negate the need to conduct a search. It will only be issued for paddocks with widespread infestations of skeleton weed.

The landholder will not be eligible for assistance from the program.


Martin Atwell