Biosecurity - Weeds


Biosecurity – Weeds


From 1 July 2017 the Biosecurity Act 2015 and its subordinates came into effect. The Act provides modern, flexible tools and powers that allow effective, risk-based management of biosecurity in NSW. It increases efficiency and decreases regulation in responding to biosecurity risks and provides a streamlined statutory framework to protect the NSW economy, environment and community from the negative impact of pests, diseases and weeds.

Full details on the Biosecurity Act and the impact it may have on you can be found on Department of Primary Industries Weeds website.


Central West Regional Strategic Weed Management Plan 2017 - 2022
Central West Regional Plan - Weeds6,719 KB


Weed categories

Weeds are often grouped in categories depending on their characteristics and impacts. Many weeds occur in more than one category. For example, alligator is a water weed and is also listed as one of Australia's Weeds of National Significance.

 In NSW all plants are regulated with a general biosecurity duty to prevent, eliminate or minimise any biosecurity risk they may pose. Any person who deals with any plant, who knows (or ought to know) of any biosecurity risk, has a duty to ensure the risk is prevented, eliminated or minimised, so far as is reasonably practicable.

Weed control and identification   For control information on specific weeds see NSW WeedWise


NSW Weeds Action Program 2015-2020


The NSW Weeds Action Program 2015-2020 (WAP1520) follows, and builds on, the successful implementation of the NSW Weeds Action Program 2010-2015.

It is a NSW Government initiative to reduce the impact of weeds and is guided by the NSW Biosecurity Strategy 2013-2021 (the Biosecurity Strategy) and the NSW Invasive Species Plan 2015-2020 (the ISP).