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.
You can also report animal and plant related issues to the Department of Primary Industries through the online notification form.