Promoting the awareness, understanding & control of weeds

Useful Links

Education and Training

ChemCert is a non-profit industry training organisation established in 1999 as the peak body for the training, up-skilling and industry accreditation for users of herbicides and pesticides in NSW.

Graham Centre Weed Research Group
A cadre of researchers, students and technical staff based at NSW DPI and Charles Sturt University. Interests include landscape ecology, weed biology and physiology, interactions of weeds in agricultural settings, and management of invasive plants in both natural and agricultural settings across Australia.

TAFE - Weed Management
This course is for people wanting to operate in positions requiring skills and knowledge in weeds management, such as weeds officers with councils or other authorities.

University of Sydney

Weed Science Group at UNE
Focused on weed ecology and plant competition for designing appropriate and effective weed management strategies, which place less reliance on herbicides. Research projects are spread across the grains, cotton, horticultural and pastoral industries of northern NSW and south-east Queensland.


Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA)
An Australian government statutory authority established in 1993 to centralise the registration of all agricultural and veterinary chemical products into the Australian marketplace. Previously each State and Territory government had its own system of registration.

CSIRO Entomology
CSIRO Entomology undertakes research into biological interactions from molecular to ecosystem level.

NSW Department of Primary Industries

Weeds Australia
An Australian Weeds Committee national initiative. Provides access to information on over 400 weeds, including all 32 Weeds of National Significance (WoNS).

Weeds in Australia
Australian Government initiative bringing together information on weed identification and management.

International Weed Societies

Asian-Pacific Weed Science Society
Established in Hawaii in 1967. The Society aims to facilitate the interchange of current weed management information and to promote research in Weed Science.

European Weed Research Society
An international organisation which promotes and co-ordinates scientific research into all aspects of weed science. This site aims to provide support for international collaboration in weed science by assisting the work of the EWRS Working Groups and by providing general information and resources.

International Weed Science Society
A worldwide scientific organisation formed in 1975 to deal with global weed science issues, open to all who are interested in weeds and their control. The formation of IWSS was promoted actively by the six existing regional weed science societies. The purpose of IWSS is to complement and supplement regional societies.

Southern African Weed Science Society
A professional society, founded in 1978, for scientists and managers in weed science and related disciplines.

Weed Science Society of America
A non-profit professional society, promoting research, education, and extension outreach activities related to weeds. It provides science-based information to the public and policy makers; and fosters awareness of weeds and their impacts on managed and natural ecosystems.


Australian Association of Bush Regenerators
Established in 1986 out of concern for the continuing survival and integrity of bushland and its dependent fauna in or near bushland areas. The Association's aim is to foster and encourage sound ecological practices of bushland management, and to promote the study and practice of Bush Regeneration.

Australian Glyphosate Sustainability Working Group
A collaborative initiative involving research, industry and extension representatives with the purpose of promoting the sustainable use of the herbicide glyphosate in Australian agriculture.

Australia's Virtual Herbarium
Provides access to information held in Australian herbaria collections. Australia’s major state and territory herbaria house over six million plant, algae and fungi specimens. The data stored with these specimens provides the most complete picture of the distribution of Australia’s flora to date.

CropLife International
CropLife International is a global federation representing the plant science industry. On the industry’s behalf, we address international developments in crop protection and agricultural biotechnology.

Direct Drilling Oral History Project
 This project examined the development and early introduction of Direct Drilling in the winter rainfall areas of Australia (WA,SA, Vic and NSW) in the 1970's.

The main emphasis was on the early adopters who are the unsung heroes of this great story. They comprise the majority of the 35 interviews completed over a two year period. Key multipliers,such as Brian Scarsbrick, and a few ICI personnel are also interviewed.

The interviews are whole of life, often 5 hours, but are topic indexed so that Direct Drilling can be easily accessed. The majority are open on line but a few are restricted so you will need to follow a procedure which is explained to access these ones.

I would like to acknowledge the National Library of Australia Folklore and Oral History Branch for undertaking this project with great skill and enthusiasm; the two exceptional interviewers and generous sponsors Grain and Development Council (GRDC) and Syngenta. This funding enabled us to complete the project as a matter of urgency which was essential given the advanced age of most participants.

Recordings can be accessed from the National Library of Australia Direct Drilling Project.

InfoPest, the comprehensive Agvet chemical database is now available free online. Previously produced by the Queensland Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI), Infopest is now owned and managed by Growcom, a peak industry body in the agricultural sector.

International Environmental Weed Foundation
Aims to provide education about the impacts of weeds on our natural environment, to restore degraded ecosystems, improve native habitat and improve the natural function of urban landscapes.

North West Weeds
This website is designed to provide landholders and other land managers with basic information on identification and control of noxious and other environmentally undesirable weeds mainly found in inland eastern Australia.

Nursery & Garden Industry Australia
The peak industry body for the Australian nursery and garden industry and is responsible for overseeing the national development of this diverse and essential industry.

The Weeds Network
The Weed's Network has been designed to help stakeholders in natural resource management learn more about invasive plants and weed control systems. The key aim of the site is to foster ongoing agroecosystem viability and resilience in an environment of changing human priorities.

Supplying agents for weeds including  Patersons Curse, Bridal Creeper, St. John's Wort, Blackberry, Docks, Thistles, Horehound, Prickly Pear & Aquatic Weeds like Salvinia, Water Hyacinth, Alligator Weed & others.

Weeds CRC archive

Weeds of Blue Mountains Bushland
This web site, and the free booklet on which it is based, will help you identify 30 common plants that have spread from our parks and gardens into our bushland, and it will enable you to understand the serious impact they are having on our fragile ecosystems.

An initiative that promotes the long term sustainability of herbicide use in Australian agriculture. This website outlines how you can assess the risk of herbicide resistance developing on your farm and provides important weed management tools on how better manage this risk.

National Weed Societies

Council of Australasian Weed Societies
An independent body that can express National and regional views on all issues relating to weeds and their management. The Council is composed of delegates from Australian State Societies and the Plant Protection Society of New Zealand that have weeds as their major focus.

New Zealand Plant Protection Society

Weed Management Society of South Australia (archive link)

Weed Society of Queensland

Weed Society of Tasmania (archive link)

Weed Society of Victoria (archive link)

Weeds Society of WA

NSW Regional Weeds Committees

Macquarie Valley and Lachlan Valley Weeds Advisory Committees
These committees cover an area of more than 350 000 sq kms, equal to over 40% of NSW. They are compromised of Local Control Authorities and Livestock, Health and Pest Authorities weed officers, as well as community groups, Catchment Management Authorities, and other weed management professionals.

Monaro Regional Weeds Committee
The Monaro Regional Weeds Committee is a sub-region of the broader Southern Tablelands and South Coast Noxious Plants Committee (STSCNPC). This is to ensure cross-regional cooperation in weed management.

Murray and Riverina Regional Weeds Committees
The leading committees for weed management in the Riverina region including the Murray, Murrumbidgee, Lower Murray Darling and Lachlan catchments. The groups comprise all key stakeholders from Tumut in the east to the SA border in the west and Carrathool in the north and the Murray River in the south.

Southern Tablelands and South Coast Regional Noxious Plants Committee
The leading organisation for weeds in the NSW south east region, comprising all key stakeholders involved in weed management from Bega Valley Shire in the south to Wollongong City in the north and west to the Snowy Mountains and including most of the Southern Tablelands and Slopes districts.

Sydney Weeds Committees
An association of government and non government agencies and practitioners working together to improve weed management across all land tenures in the Sydney Region and Blue Mountains Region.

Weed Identification

Altas of Australian Species (Atlas of Living Australia)

Australian National Botanical Gardens

Common Invasive Weeds in Australia (IEWF)

Environmental Weeds of Australia
Android app version of “Environmental Weeds of Australia”. Includes over 1,000 weed species, and more than 10,000 images.

PlantFile App
Horticultural database with information about a range of common plants. Covers 3580 species and 9000 cultivars of garden plants. (Apple and Android)

PlantNet (Flora of New South Wales)

Weed ID App (GRDC Ute Guide)
Designed to be used in the paddock to assist in identifying the most common, annual, biennial and perennials weeds in Southern Australia. (Apple and Android)

Weed Identification and Information (Weeds Australia)

Weed Identification Tool (Australian Government)

Weeds of Southern Queensland App
App form of the highly popular publication "Weeds of Southern Queensland", containing photos and information for 132 weeds. (Apple and Android)