Comply with legislation

Group I herbicides restrictions

Regulations requirements

Users of specified Group I herbicides are required to:

  • Hold, as a minimum, a current statement of attainment for the competency (AHCCHM303A) ‘Prepare and Apply Chemicals’. This competency forms part of the current suite of chemical training courses offered by the listed registered training organisations.(Link )
  • Keep accurate and complete records for a minimum of 2 years. The user must provide a copy of the spray records to the property manager/owner or business if not the same person (contract sprayers).

Label requirements

Group I herbicide labels may include a drift warning such as:

DO NOT apply under weather conditions, or from spraying equipment that may cause spray to drift onto nearby susceptible plants/crops, cropping lands or pastures. Avoid spray drift onto susceptible crops such as cotton, tobacco, tomatoes, vines, fruit trees, vegetables, legume crops and pastures, oilseed crops and susceptible trees (e.g. Kurrajongs, Belahs and Eucalypts).

DO NOT use unless weed speed is more than 3 kilometres per hour and less than 15 kilometres per hour, as measured at the application site.

DO NOT apply with smaller than coarse to very coarse spray droplets according to the ASABE S572 definition for standard nozzles.

Extreme care near grape vines and other sensitive crops

Group I herbicides are known to drift and affect grape vines, and other susceptible horticultural crops, at very low levels.

Users of Group I herbicides in grape vines and other horticultural crops areas should:

  • avoid using them during the crop growing season
  • follow label instructions
  • monitor weather conditions before, during and after spraying.

Related information

Checklist for reducing spray drift and damage (PDF 162.0 KB or DOC 267.0 KB)

Working together to minimise spray drift (PDF 384.6 KB or DOC 316.5 KB)

Using vegetative barriers to minimise off-target movement of chemicals (PDF 81.4 KB or DOC 38.5 KB)

Natural and artificial barriers for spray drift exposure mitigation in South Australia (PDF 1.7 MB)

Preventing chemical trespass infographic (PDF 271.8 KB) 

Regulations for Group I herbicides

Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority

Legislation for rural chemicals

Legislation applies to the purchase, sale, licensing, use, transport, storage, disposal, workplace safety and environmental impact of rural chemicals.

The Agricultural and Veterinary Products Act (Control of Use) Act 2002:

  • provides a framework for chemical users
  • sets out what is responsible use
  • gives powers to control people.

Agricultural and Veterinary Products (Control of Use) Act 2002

Agricultural and Veterinary Products (Control of Use) Act 2002 overview (PDF 271.3 KB or DOC 238.5 KB)

Regulations for rural chemicals

The Agricultural and Veterinary Products (Control of Use) Regulations 2004:

  • define label directions that must be followed
  • restrictions on certain chemicals
  • fertiliser standards.

Agricultural and Veterinary Products (Control of Use) Regulations 2004

Regulations for controlled pesticides

The Controlled Substances (Pesticides) Regulations 2003:

  • covers licensing for pest controllers.

Controlled Substances (Pesticides) Regulations 2003

Controlled Substances Act 1984

Apply for a Pest control license on the sa.gov.au website .

Related information

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