Biosecurity and Weeds Management


I want to: 
Learn about Priority and Common weeds 
Learn about weeds management as a landholder 
Find out about Pesticide use 
Find out about legislation around weeds management 

Yass Valley Council’s Weeds Officers are now called Biosecurity Officers. This aligns with the new Legislation governing weed management in NSW, the Biosecurity Act 2015. Council has appointed dedicated Biosecurity Weeds Officers to support landholders with information and advice on Biosecurity compliance through integrated weed management.

What is a weed?
In NSW, the management of weeds is governed by the Biosecurity Act 2015. The Minister for Primary Industries has responsibility for this legislation. Council is the lead agency for enforcing weed control within the Yass Valley Local Government Area.

Under the Biosecurity Act 2015, a weed is a plant that has a Biosecurity Impact. A Biosecurity Impact is an adverse effect on the economy, the environment or the community that arises, or has the potential to arise, from that plant, being an adverse effect that is related to the introduction, presence, spread or increase of that plant.

South East Regional Strategic Plan
This plan details the specific control obligations for land managers within the Yass Valley Council area under the Biosecurity Act 2015.

You can access the plan here:


Local Strategic Weeds Plan and Advisory Committee
Weeds within the Yass Valley Local Government Area have the potential to pose a serious threat to our natural environment, farming productivity and the health of the community.

Land owners or occupiers of land are required under the Biosecurity Act 2015 to carry out their General Biosecurity Duty by controlling any Priority Weeds (previously called Noxious Weeds) which may be present on their property.