Group I herbicides restrictions
Users of Group I herbicides in prescribed businesses and in prescribed areas of SA are required to:
- Hold, as a minimum, a current statement of attainment for the competency unit AHCCHM303 ‘Prepare and Apply Chemicals’. This competency unit forms part of the current suite of chemical training courses offered by the listed registered training organisations.
- 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.
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.
- Checklist for reducing spray drift and damage ( or )
- Working together to minimise spray drift ( or )
- Using vegetative barriers to minimise off-target movement of chemicals ( or )
- Natural and artificial barriers for spray drift exposure mitigation in South Australia ()
- Preventing chemical trespass infographic ()
- 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.
- provides a framework for chemical users
- sets out what is responsible use
- gives powers to control people.
Regulations for rural chemicals
- define label directions that must be followed
- restrictions on certain chemicals
- fertiliser standards.
Regulations for controlled pesticides
- covers licensing for pest controllers.
Apply for a Pest control license on the sa.gov.au website.