The 2021 round of the program has been completed.

The 2022 round is expected to occur in July 2022,

with registrations opening in June.

How many registrations?

Each registration is for a business (not an individual) and is based on:

  • An initial sample set and your state
  • Any extra sample sets
  • The number of operators participating

One registration is made for one business operating at the one location, where all of the samples will be sent together, and results will be submitted, then reported as one business.

The same business, operating at different locations, must register separately.

Operator names are not required at registration, only numbers. They should be added when results are submitted.

What is the cost?

  • The program operates on a user pays basis for the participating laboratories and operators, but with fees set as low as possible by ParaBoss to cover costs.
  • The program development costs have been paid by ParaBoss funders: AWI, MLA and UNE.
  • Your cost is calculated on your location, the number of operators, plus the number of sample sets required.
  • As with many laboratory QA programs, ParaBoss accreditation and endorsement is valid for one year.

Cost Breakdown

  • Cost for 1 set of samples, packaging and posting:
$300 WA*, $350 other states
  • Cost for each additional set of samples
  • Cost per person submitting WECs
* WA businesses have lower freight and packaging costs as samples are prepared in WA.


Refunds may be provided; see the Refund section on this page.

Of note: The ParaBoss Program is NOT able to provide a refund if sample packages are delayed or lost. This is a risk the participant must bear.

How many sample sets do you need?

  • The number of sets depends on how many people you can gather to count at the same time.
  • Once a sample is mixed with salt solution it must be counted immediately (within an hour maximum).
  • You must consider the logistics of having all of your staff present at the same time.
  • One set can be used by 6 people IF THEY ARE ALL AVAILABLE AT THE SAME TIME; this may not be possible at your location.
If you have more than one operator or are an "on-call" business (vets, rural merchandise staff), then you must read: 'Logistics of testing'.
Calculate your total cost below.

Calculate your cost:

Your total cost: $370 GST Inclusive


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  • Registration open

1 September

  • Payment is now open
21 September
  • Registration and payment closes

24 September

  • Dispatch of samples from Albany WA

4 October

  • Samples arrive at your lab

2–7 *days later 

  • Submit your WEC results to ParaBoss by

15 October

  • Confidential reports available to participants

12 November

  • Listing in WormBoss Service Providers Page updated

26 November

* Samples are sent by courier in WA and by Australia Post to other states.

Once the samples are dispatched we have no control over them.

A test send-out to rural locations in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland on Monday 13 September saw 6 parcels arrive by Friday of the same week and the 7th arrive on Monday 14th. 


  • Payments are made to the University of New England, and any refunds will be issued by them.
  • If the program is cancelled, due to anticipated COVID-19 induced freight delays, a full refund will be provided.
  • A refund, minus a $20 administration fee, will be provided if it is requested by Friday 24 September
  • Refund requests from 25 September to 1 October will be at the discretion of the manager and will attract a $20 administration fee and other fees relating to expenses incurred by the program associated with the registration, as sample preparation commences 2 weeks in advance of the send out.
  • No refunds will be provided from 2 October onwards.
  • The program cannot take responsibility for delayed/lost sample packages. As such a refund will not be available if parcels are delayed or lost. This is a risk the participant must bear.

To request a refund, please email the manager.



Logistics of testing

  • A single set of samples is provided for up to 6 operators. However, only dedicated WEC labs are likely to manage this.
  • Veterinary and rural reseller businesses where staff are on-call to customers/clients will struggle to manage 3 operators using one set of samples, due to interruptions from sales, consultations and emergency call-outs. (these businesses, see more below)
  • Samples should be refrigerated on arrival and tested within 1–2 days of arrival (immediately, if samples arrive later than Friday).
  • Once a sample is diluted and mixed with salt solution it must be counted within an hour. After this the eggs are beginning to break apart and your results will be inaccurate.
  • If all operators at the one business are not available at the same time, you will need an extra set of samples.
  • Samples within one set can be tested gradually across one to two days to fit in with busier settings.
  • Thirteen samples are provided in each set – all must be tested by each operator.
  • Each sample is diluted and mixed by just one person in the team – choose the most experienced and reliable.
  • Extreme care must be exercised to avoid spilling a sample before all operators have used it. Prepare on a tray in case of spillage, so it might be recovered.
  • From the prepared solution, each operator must prepare their own slide and do their own count. Do NOT count the same slide as each other!
  • Veterinary and rural reseller businesses
    • These businesses run a real risk of staff being called on by customers and clients, interrupting the WEC process. All such businesses with more than 3 operators in the previous round suffered this fate resulting in operators unable to participate, or samples being mixed then left for too long. 
    • Consider a dedicated out of hours time (have a WEC party), or have some staff off-line to participate, or extra staff to cover those doing the testing.
    • Do not prepare all samples at once. Prepare only one sample at a time, with all operators completing (or being near completion) of the slide preparation and counting of that sample, before another sample is diluted and mixed. Operations can be suspended as required without losing all the samples.
    • Do not underestimate the time it will take to conduct the counts with multiple operators being available within the short life of a mixed sample, especially if you are using only one set of equipment. 
    • One set of samples can be progressively prepared over a day or two to fit in with busier businesses.
    • While one set of samples can be used by up to 6 operators, it has proven impossible to date in these on-call businesses. A sample set for, say, 3 staff is a better option. Extra sample sets are priced low ($30 ) to help overcome this issue.
    • Extra sample sets can be prepared at a different time of the day or another day for cater for different staff availability.