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The VegeSafe program began in September of 2013 at Macquarie University’s Open Day event, where we offered free soil metal testing to attendees. Since then our program has continued to operate and has provided free soil metal testing to more than a thousand Australian residents. If you have a vegetable patch or are concerned of metal contamination in your backyard, we encourage you to participate. Follow these three easy steps:

Step 1: Complete the necessary VegeSafe Consent form.

Step 2: Collect your soil samples by following our Soil Sampling Instructions.

Step 3: Together with the completed Consent form, send in your soil samples to:


Professor Mark Taylor

Department of Environmental Sciences

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Level 2 Australian Hearing Hub

Macquarie University

NSW 2109 Australia