The Biosecurity Act 2015 came into enforcement in July 2017. The Act replaces 14 other Acts, the Noxious Weed Act and the old 1-5 classification of weeds. 'Biosecurity' relates to a broad area including livestock, diseases, pest and weeds.
All stakeholders in the community now have a legal requirement to manage weeds and pests as a General Biosecurity Duty, whether they are the owner, occupier or even a carrier. The Act also covers the sale of some weed plant species and even the importation of weeds not present in NSW.
Under the Biosecurity legislation, it is Port Stephens Councils' responsibility to manage weeds and pest on their own lands. Port Stephens Council Invasive Species Team also functions under the Biosecurity Act as the Local Control Authority for weeds within the Local Government Area. It is the teams role to investigate, educate, control, inspect and undertake compliance if required.
As Authorised Officers under the Act, the Port Stephens Councils' Invasive Species Team may be required to enter, inspect, and carry out other functions as prescribed by the legislation on private lands, including weed education and compliance. The Invasive Species Team will always take due care on private lands and where practical, notify occupiers prior to entry.
Read the Local Weed Prioritisation Policy on our Policies page.
More information on the Biosecurity Act and your rights is available from the Department of Primary Industries Biosecurity Legislation Information. Alternatively, please contact:
Invasive Species Team
Phone: (02) 4988 0392