The latest information of weeds legislation go to:

NSW Biosecurity Act 2015

Stopping NSW’s Creeping Peril a report by the Invasive Species Council

Weeds pose an ever increasing threat to the natural environment, primary industries and human and animal health. The NSW Invasive Species Plan describes the current context and objectives for invasive species management in the state. It is important for weed policy and legislation to keep pace with current weed management in NSW.

Regional plans are developed in accordance with the NSW Invasive Species Plan which has the following goals:

  • Exclude – prevent the establishment of new invasive species
    We believe that the best way to achieve this is to ensure that any new species planned for release into the regional environment must first undergo a weed risk assessment according to the process established by the state government.
  • Eradicate or contain – eliminate or prevent the spread of new invasive species
    An effective regional weed alert system will help to achieve this as will directing regional resources to areas of greatest risk of spread.
  • Effectively manage – reduce the impacts of widespread invasive species
    This involves controlling weeds and preventing spread in and around the most significant natural regional assets, endangered remnants of native bushland, wetlands, habitat corridors, waterways.The first principal of the NSW Invasive Species Plan involves not using or planting invasive species at the outset. As weeds know no boundaries and spread by water, wind, animals and humans, this principle needs to be followed by everyone. If we fail to win this important battle against weed invasion, we will lose biodiversity and control over our land and water resources.

Greater Sydney Regional Strategic Weed Management Plan 2023-2027

For further information on any of these matters please see the NSW government site:

NRC report on weeds in NSW – Weeds: Time to get serious

NSW Bio-security strategy 2013-2021

2013 Strategies

Strategy updates and reviews


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