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Your responsibilities

You are responsible for pests or weeds found on your property. On this page you'll find some legislative information that you are required to follow to help manage pests and weeds.

Biosecurity legislation

The Biosecurity Act 2015 came into effect on July 2017. Under this Act, everyone in Port Stephens has a legal responsibility to manage weeds and pests, including being the owner, occupier or carrier of weeds.

The Act now covers the sale of some weed plants and the importation of weeds which are not currently found in NSW.


lf you are using pesticides make sure:

  • you follow the label - this is a legal requirement
  • all safety advice is followed as per the label - including safety equipment and use in water

This information is a guide only and not to be used contrary to product label.

Priority weeds

Weeds can impact biodiversity, environmental health, agriculture and animal and human health. The below information can help you control these weeds: