There are certain actions a small landholder or hobby farmer MUST legally take to be biosecure. These are detailed in the Biosecurity Act 2015 and supporting legislation and include rules around:
- priority weeds that MUST be reported - these are known as ‘State priority weeds’ and ‘prohibited matter’
- priority weeds that should be targeted and not be sold or moved in certain regions of NSW - these are known as ‘Regional priority weeds’
- having the right accreditation, registrations, certificates and permits.
NSW’s 11 Regional Strategic Weed Management Plans list your region’s priority weeds under four categories – prevent, eradicate, contain and assets protection.
These categories replace the noxious weeds list for NSW.
What to look for
- plants that quickly spread and take over
- plants you didn't plant
- unusual plants you haven't seen before.
For information on priority weeds in your region, please visit DPI’s NSW WeedWise website.
Where to look
Whether you live on acreage, a farm, or property, it’s worth looking for weeds in gardens, paddocks, fencelines, waterways, bushland, roads, tracks, stockyards, holding paddocks and worksites.
When to look
- when cultivating, planting and irrigating
- when moving or feeding livestock
- after floods, fires or introducing gravel, sand, soil or turf.
Stop the weed spread
Visit the Department of Primary Industries website for a step-by-step guide on how to stop weeds growing on your property or contact your local council weed officer for free advice.