Unsure which course you need?
This following provides a series of questions to help you determine which chemical training course(s) may be required by chemical users in Queensland, including the Commercial Operator’s Licence (or ACDC Licence).
Q1. Do you use herbicides on properties other than your own or a close relatives?
YES: You may need a Commercial Operator’s Licence. If you now know you need a licence skip to: here’s the training required.
For more information on whether you need a licence, go to Queensland Government website: Licensing arrangements for ground distribution of herbicides.
NO: Go to Question 2
Q2. Do you apply any of the following herbicides in one of the following Hazardous Areas?
Hazardous area no. 1
This area comprises the total area administered by the Moreton Bay Regional Council and the Sunshine Coast Regional Council. For precise details please access the interactive atlas at qspatial.information.qld.gov.au/ACDCareas/
The restricted herbicides are any herbicides containing picloram or an ester formulation of 2,4-D or MCPA.
Hazardous area no. 2
Broadly, this area consists of the Darling Downs and adjacent areas. For precise details please access the interactive atlas at qspatial.information.qld.gov.au/ACDCareas/
The restricted herbicides are any herbicides containing an ester formulation of picloram. Also, any ester formulation of 2,4-D is totally banned from use in hazardous area no. 2.
Hazardous area no. 3
Broadly, this area consists of a substantial area surrounding the town of Emerald. For precise details please access the interactive atlas at http://qspatial.information.qld.gov.au/ACDCareas/
The restricted herbicides are any herbicides containing an ester formulation of 2,4-D.
YES: You need a Commercial Operator’s License; skip to How to qualify for a Commercial Operator’s Licence. You also need to obtain a distribution permit. See Applying for a hazardous area distribution permit
NO: Go to Question 3.
Q3. Do you apply, prepare or supervise the use of herbicides in any of the following Great Barrier Reef catchments?
- Wet Tropics
- Burdekin Dry Tropics
- Mackay Whitsunday
See the map at http://www.reefplan.qld.gov.au.
YES: Go to Question 4
NO: Go to Question 5
Q4. Do you apply, prepare or supervise the use of herbicides containing any of the following active constituents:
- ametryn, atrazine, hexazinone or diuron to sugarcane? OR
- tebuthiuron on a cattle property of area greater than 2000 ha?
YES: You need to complete the Level 3 Chemical Accreditation and Level 3 Control Weeds courses. You can enrol in these two courses now, read more about the courses, or call us on 1800 991 985 if you would like further information or to enrol.
NO: Go to Question 5
Q5. Do you use chemicals in a business that has a food safety program such as Freshcare, SQF, GlobalGAP, LPA (Livestock Production Assurance), etc?
YES: You should complete the Level 3 Chemical Accreditation course. You can enrol in this course now, read more about the course, or call us on 1800 991 985 if you would like further information or to enrol.
Renew your Chemical Card every 5 years with this course: Chemical Card Renewal – applicable in all States other than NSW.
If you also spray in NSW you will need to use Chemical Reaccreditation – NSW course to get a new Chemical Accreditation Card (card will also be valid for QLD).
NO: It appears that you are not legally required to complete Level 3 Chemical Accreditation, however Work Health and Safety legislation requires every person who uses chemicals in a workplace to receive appropriate training, even if it is not required specifically by other legislation. While this could be provided in-house by other experienced/qualified staff members, completion of formal nationally-accredited training, provided by experts, is often better.
- The Level 3 Chemical Accreditation course is ideal for primary producers and other land managers who use significant amounts of chemicals in their work.
- Our Advanced WHS AgVet Chemical Users course or Using Chemicals Safely course are ideal for people who are not required to have an ACDC but (1) use small quantities of low-hazard chemicals in their work; and/or (2) use chemicals under the supervision of other, experienced and qualified operators; for example gardeners, landscapers, groundspeople, etc. Please contact us to discuss: 1800 991 985
We’ve tried to make the complicated Queensland legislation as easy to understand as possible, but if you’re still wondering what you need to do, call us and we’ll help you figure out your needs. Phone 1800 991 985
Smith & Georg has taken care to ensure the information provided in this document is correct. As requirements may change over time, and individual situations vary, we do not take responsibility for any loss that might occur from using the information we provide. If in doubt, always check your own situation with the relevant regulator(s) in your state.