A weed can be any plant that impacts on the environment, economy, human health and amenity that requires intervention for its control. They compete with native plant species, impact negatively on biodiversity and native wildlife habitat and food sources.

Council is committed to managing and protecting our beautiful bushland, coastal environments and waterways, to minimise the negative effects caused from weeds. Landholders also have an obligation to manage weeds on their private property as “Weeds are everybody’s responsibility”.

Weeds and Legislation:

On the 1 July 2017 the Noxious Weed Act 1993 was repealed and replaced with the Biosecurity Act 2015 and its accompanying Biosecurity Regulations 2017. Under the old Noxious Weeds Act certain plants were declared “Noxious Weeds” and were placed into “classes” that stated their required control measures. Under the Biosecurity Act 2015, all plants are assessed for their biosecurity risk. This is the risk that the introduction, presence, spread or increase of a plant will have, or may potentially have, an adverse effect on the economy, the environment or the community.

The new legislation states that any person (landowner, land manager, resident or general public) have a “General Biosecurity Duty” to prevent eliminate or minimise the Biosecurity Risk posed or likely to be posed from Priority Weeds. 

These risk determine the level of priority and associated compliance under the Legislation and classified as per the link below:
List of Priority weeds of the Greater Sydney Region including Sutherland Shire Council LGA *Choose region 'Greater Sydney' on Region drop down menu

Regional priority weed:  These plants are regulated under Regional Strategic Weed Management Plans, for Sutherland Shire Shire Council.  A full weed list can be found in Appendix 1 of the plan.
Pesticides Use Notification Plan

General Biosecurity duty:  All Plants are regulated with a general biosecurity duty to prevent, eliminate or minimise any biosecurity risk they may pose. Anyone who deals with any plant, or knows (or ought to know) of any biosecurity risk, has a duty to ensure the risk is prevented, eliminated or minimised so far is reasonably practicable.  (Source: New South Wales Weed Control Handbook – A guide to weed control in non-crop, aquatic and bushland situations 7th Edition).

Weed Management in Sutherland Shire Council LGA:

Sutherland Shire Council (SSC) is the Local Control Authority under the Biosecurity Act 2015 and is responsible for enforcing weed legislation in the Sutherland Shire. SSC has a legal obligation to manage the biosecurity risk posed or likely to be posed to human health, the economy, community and environment by Priority Weeds.   Council takes a total landscape, tenure neutral approach to weed management by working with public and private land owner or land managers, residents, industry, government agencies (Federal, State and Local) and community groups, to fulfil council’s weed obligations mentioned below. 

What Weed Management is Council Doing? 

  Council meets these obligations through activities such as:

  • Conducting weed inspections on public and private property;
  • Inspecting and controlling weeds in high risk pathways (ie transport corridors or waterways) and sites (waste facilities, development sites or florist, nurseries or aquariums);
  • Providing education, training and resources for both the public and staff in relation to weed management;
  • Shire wide environmental weed control via the volunteer Bushcare Program.
  • Supporting private property environmental weed control via Greenweb Program
  • Administering and ensuring compliance with any of the above regulatory tools;
  • Responding to breaches of the Act;
  • Notifying and reporting on weed activities to the Biosecurity Information System (BIS). 

What you can do to Manage Weeds?

 Controlling weeds can be difficult. Early detection and intervention for control is the most effective way to manage weeds.  Helpful tips to assist with weed management and to prevent the spread of weeds.

  • Do not throw garden waste in to bushland or natural environments.
  • Do not throw aquatic plants from aquariums, ponds or water features in to waterways, drains or wetlands.
  • Prevent weeds from setting seed were reasonably practical.
  • Early weed control and ongoing maintenance of the infested area is the key.
  • Control weeds in accordance with relevant legislation and control requirements.
  • Ask for advice or information about weed identification, control and management.
  • Plant native plant species to your local area.
  • Join Bushcare a council supported program where Volunteers assist in the conservation of Public natural areas.
  • Join Greenweb a council supported program to create conservation and wildlife corridors on interested resident lands.


Government Legislation:

Biosecurity Act 2015
Biosecurity Regulations 2017

NSW Department of Primary Industries:  is the State Government Department that develops policies, strategies and legislation in the management of weeds in NSW and administers the Biosecurity Act 2015. The NSW DPI website has plenty of information about weed management, weed declarations, and publications.

Sydney Weeds Committees:  is a useful resource for the Sydney area. There are four sub regional committees that form the Sydney Weeds Committees and Sutherland Shire Council is a member of Sydney South West Sub-Regional Committee.

Greater Sydney Local Land Services:  is a regionally based NSW Government agency that delivers integrated services to farmers, landholders and the community. There are 11 LLS regions within NSW.

Sutherland Shire Council:  SSC Noxious Weed Booklet (Currently being reviewed and updated)

Controlling weeds:  Weed Control Methods


FAQs Biosecurity Act 2015



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More information

Policies and documents

Pesticides Use Notification Plan


Enquiries can be directed to Bushland Unit - Pest Species on 9524 5672 Press:3 or

Noxious weed on council land Become a Bushcare Volunteer

Quick Link Resources:

Government Legislation:
Biosecurity Act 2015
Biosecurity Regulations 2017

Weeds and Control Methods:
NSW DPI WeedWise
Weed Control Fact Sheets


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