Further information

How to collect, redistribute and monitor weed biocontrol agents

The following best practice guides provide general information that can be applied to a range of weeds and biocontrol agents:

Best Practice Guide #2 Release and establishment of weed biological control agents.pdf (507 KB) discusses methods for improving establishment of agent releases.

Best Practice Guide #1 Impact evaluation of weed biological control agents.pdf (527 KB) outlines methods to measure the effectiveness of introduced biocontrol agents.

Information on specific biocontrol agents or targets can be found on the weed’s project page.

Regulatory framework

The introduction of biocontrol agents is strictly regulated by the Australian Government. Further information on processes and safeguards can be obtained from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources http://www.agriculture.gov.au/biosecurity/risk-analysis/biological-control-agents/ and the Department of Environment and Energy http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/invasive/weeds/management/biological-control.html.


Information on the management of Weeds of National Significance (WoNS), including biocontrol, can be found on the Atlas of Living Australia http://weeds.ala.org.au/WoNS/

The book 'Biological control of weeds in Australia' details the history of biological control research and delivery in Australia. Entries for each weed include descriptions of agents approved for release, and the status of each agent up to late-2010.