Pests, weeds and diseases

At Local Land Services, we support you to fulfil your responsibilities to manage pests, weeds, and diseases under Australian biosecurity legislation and run a profitable farming enterprise.

Maintaining pest and plant biosecurity helps to prevent risks that could negatively impact your business and our agricultural industry, markets and economy.


Have your say on Regional Weed Plans

Draft Regional Strategic Weed Management plans – guiding regional management of weeds throughout NSW for the next five years – are currently on public exhibition.

The 11 plans, representing different regions across NSW, are used to explain how each region will work together to identify, minimise, respond to and manage high-risk weeds over the next five years.

Regional Weed Committees have developed the draft plans with Local Land Services and the NSW Department of Primary Industries.

Visit the 'Have your say' website before Sunday, 6 November to read through the plans and provide feedback.


What is plant biosecurity?

Plant biosecurity includes strategies to manage insect pests and diseases that are a risk to plants.

Plant biosecurity protects the Australian economy, environment and community from the negative impacts of pests, diseases and invasive weeds such as crop loss and threats to native ecosystems. Plant surveillance activities help to identify potential risks from both exotic and industry-identified priority plant pests.

There are several legislated quarantine or protected zones within NSW regulating the movement of high-risk products. These zones include banana protected areas, rice pest exclusion zones, citrus quarantine areas, and seed potato protected areas.

Exotic plant pests include disease causing organisms (bacteria, virus, fungus), and invertebrates (insect, mite, snail, nematode) which cause damage to plants and are not present in NSW. Examples include Tomato potato psyllid, Myrtle rust, Citrus leprosis, Cotton boll weevil, and Fall armyworm.

Be aware of plant biosecurity threats

Biosecurity is essential to ensuring the safety, wellbeing and prosperity of all natural resources, animals and people in NSW. Ensure pests and other contaminants do not enter your property via soils, fertiliser, seeds and seedlings. Routinely monitor for pests and identify risks. It is important to be aware of the pests, diseases and weeds in your region and those found in and around your property. Conduct an induction to explain required hygiene practices for people, equipment and vehicles on your property.

Australia’s isolated position and strong quarantine regulations have allowed us to avoid any serious biosecurity threats and maintain a ‘clean and green’ reputation.

To minimise the risk of introducing plant pests and diseases into NSW, specific pests and diseases are proclaimed under the Biosecurity Act  and movement of items associated with these proclaimed pests or diseases are regulated.

Biosecurity legislation

The Biosecurity Act 2015 was passed by parliament to provide greater flexibility in the response, management and control of biosecurity risks across the country.

The Biosecurity Act supports the Biosecurity Strategy 2013-2021 which shares the responsibility of pests, weeds and diseases between government, industry and the community.

That means that we all have a part to play in the protection of our NSW environment.

The legislation also provides a range of tools and powers that can be used to support risk-based decision making. It allows for increased efficiency and decreased regulation when it comes to our biosecurity country-wide.

For the latest information on biosecurity or to talk about the role you play in helping to protect NSW, contact your closest Local Land Services office.

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