Weeds impact our economy, environment and community through lowering their production or degrading their values. All landholders, whether on an urban house block, a 10ha hobby farm or a 1000ha cattle production enterprise have a general biosecurity duty to control weed species and prevent new weed species from establishing on their land.
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.