Weed reporting

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.

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