Red witchweed surveillance program

A surveillance program for red witchweed has been authorised under the Biosecurity Act 2014.

Biosecurity matter

Red witchweed (Striga asiatica)

Purpose and scope

  • Confirm the presence, or find out the extent of the presence of red witchweed, in parts of Queensland.
  • Confirm the absence of red witchweed, in parts of Queensland.
  • Monitor the effects of measures taken in response to a biosecurity risk of red witchweed.
  • Monitor compliance with reporting requirements about red witchweed.

The biosecurity program applies to the local government area of the Mackay Regional Council.

Commencement and duration

The biosecurity program started on 1 July 2016 and will continue until 30 June 2026.

The duration of the biosecurity program is considered to be reasonably necessary to achieve the purpose.

Access to biosecurity program

A copy of the biosecurity program for the surveillance of red witchweed is available for inspection at all Department of Agriculture and Fisheries offices.

A free copy can be provided on request by contacting our Customer Service Centre on 13 25 23.