South Australian Groundsprayers’ Association (SAGA) was formed in 1999 to represent commercial spray contractors in South Australia.

Groundsprayers are people who apply chemicals to control weeds, pests and diseases using ground-based application equipment. Some groundsprayers also use non-chemical methods of control, for example mowing/slashing of weeds.

SAGA members are licensed, professional, users of chemicals. They are trained to apply chemicals efficiently, and with a high level of safety to the public, the environment, our export markets, and the food that we eat.

SAGA members are represented at the national level by the Australian Groundsprayers’ Association.

Aerial sprayers are represented by the Aerial Agricultural Association of Australia. See www.aerialag.com.au for more information.

The domestic pest control industry is represented by the Australian Environmental Pest Managers Association. See www.aepma.com.au for more information.

SAGA Activities

SAGA members are involved in many different aspects of weed, pest and disease control, including:

  • Protection of agricultural, horticultural and viticultural crops, including application of fertilisers
  • Roadside, footpath and railway weed control
  • Weed control in vacant urban blocks, firebreaks, etc
  • Parks and gardens
  • Bushcare
  • Revegetation
  • Landscaping

Application equipment used

Our photo gallery shows some of the equipment our members use.

Chemicals in Australia

Australia has a very robust system of regulating the availability and use of chemicals, via the federal government’s Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority. Before they can legally sold in Australia, all chemicals must be proven to be safe and effective when used according to label directions. More information can be found at www.apvma.gov.au

State governments also regulate the availability and use of chemicals. In South Australia Biosecurity SA and the SA Department of Health both exercise controls over chemicals.