Before entering and leaving agricultural properties ensure vehicles, equipment, clothing and footwear are clean and free from pests and diseases. Biosecurity is everyone’s responsibilities.

Follow these steps:

Wash down

  • Use compressed air or high-pressure water to remove rubbish, debris and mud from vehicles and equipment.
  • Get into crevices where mud or plant debris may be trapped.
  • Clean ute trays, bumpers, winch, mud guards, axels, canopies, radiator, tyre treads, wheel rims and arches, spare tyres, chassis rails and grills.


  • On a clean area with a hard surface.
  • Located away from production areas.
  • Where wash-off contaminants can be confined.
  • Use a sponge or spray to cover all surfaces of vehicles and equipment with an agricultural detergent – always follow product label directions.
  • Leave the detergent to work for 10 minutes before rinsing, unless otherwise directed by product label.
  • Clean inside the car, particularly foot pedals, floors and mats, regularly in contact with dirty footwear.
  • Ensure clothing is washed using household laundry detergent and hot water.
  • A foot bath can be used to make sure boots are free of pests and pathogens. Add soap or detergent to the water and use a scrubbing brush to clean the soles of the footwear.


Clothing and footwear

Alternatively provide visitors or workers with a change of footwear (e.g. gumboots) or disposable shoe covers. They will still need to be cleaned regularly, but because they are only being worn on the property, they will not be a source of new diseases.


  • Use a decontaminate on vehicles and equipment before leaving a property if you are aware of the presence of a disease. Refer to the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority website for registered decontaminants and follow label instructions.
  • See the Vehicle and heavy machinery clean-down procedures for more information.
  • Vehicles and equipment using high-pressure water spray.
  • Allow drying time before moving vehicles to a dry surface.


Use this measure in conjunction with other on-farm biosecurity measures.  

Make your own biosecurity toolkit

Make your own biosecurity toolkit and keep it in your vehicle to reduce risks when you travel to areas that do not have adequate clean-down equipment or facilities on-site.

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Last updated: 14 Mar 2023