Skeleton weed - Targeted surveillance

Page last updated: Thursday, 28 November 2019 - 8:45am

The Skeleton Weed program undertakes surveillance of paddocks with high chances of having skeleton weed. 

DPIRD carries out annual surveillance on non-infested properties between December and March in grain growing areas, as part of the Skeleton Weed Program. This program also raises awareness of the presence of skeleton weed on high risk properties.

Properties chosen for surveillance are considered to have a high probability of having skeleton weed, due to being near or adjacent to a current skeleton weed infested property. 

Other properties are identified from analysis of current infestation locations, and predictions of spread from these locations.

The surveillance program involves checking a minimum of three paddocks (preferably containing crop stubbles) on each selected property, such that around 300 hectares is searched per property.

Landholders or managers will be contacted via phone and correspondence to advise which properties and paddocks will be stock free and have not been sprayed for at least 4-6 weeks prior to department surveillance.

In addition to the surveillance program, all landholders in grain growing areas are encouraged to undertake their own surveillance for skeleton weed, as part of their farm biosecurity measures. View the search protocols before undertaking surveillance. Guidelines are also available from the Skeleton Weed in Western Australia: Management Guide.  

Reporting - contact details

Report skeleton weed sightings to your nearest DPIRD or LAG office

DPIRD Telephone
Albany 9892 8444
Esperance 9083 1111
Geraldton 9956 8555
Merredin 9081 3111
Moora 9651 0555
Narembeen 9064 7131
Narrogin 9881 0222
Northam 9690 2000
LAG Telephone/
Avon North 0427 291 705
Avon South 0427 986 302
Bruce Rock-Corrigin-Kellerberrin 0438 892 460
Lakes 9865 2816
Narembeen 9064 7131
Nungarin-Mukinbudin-Trayning-Mt Marshall 9046 5006
Yilgarn 9049 1206

Metropolitan reports should be done using below options

Report your observations using the MyPestGuide Reporter app or online at