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Information for landholders

Owners and occupiers of rural and urban land are reminded that it is everyone’s General Biosecurity Duty to control weeds on their land.

An occupier of land who is given an Individual Biosecurity Direction or who enters into a Biosecurity Undertaking to control weeds, must control all weeds on the land as required under the terms of that direction or undertaking.

Under the Biosecurity Act 2015, failure to do so leaves owners and occupiers liable for fines and further compliance action.

It is every landholder’s responsibility to be aware of weeds issues. The aim of weed control is to destroy the pest plant, deplete weed seed reserves in the soil and constantly inhibit future growth of the weeds. In some cases, it is necessary to also remove stolons and rhizomes, which may allow the plant to propagate vegetatively.

South East Regional Strategic Weed Management Plan

Farm Biosecurity covers many aspects of land and livestock management, below are links to some useful online tools for managing Biosecurity on your farm.

What is farm biosecurity?

Farm biosecurity is a set of measures designed to protect a property from the entry and spread of pests, disease and weeds. Farm biosecurity is your responsibility and that of every person visiting or working on your property.

Producers play a key role in protecting Australian plant and livestock industries from pests and diseases by implementing sound biosecurity measures on-farm.

If a new pest or disease becomes established on your farm, it will affect your business through increased costs (for monitoring, production practices, additional chemical use and labour), reduced productivity (in yield and/or quality) or loss of markets. Early detection and immediate reporting of an exotic pest or disease increase the chance of effective and efficient eradication.

The Farm Biosecurity program is an important part of Australia’s emergency animal disease and exotic plant pest surveillance systems. Surveillance allows us to preserve existing trade opportunities and provides evidence of Australia’s pest and animal disease status to support access to international markets.

Visit the Farm Biosecurity website or download the Farm Biosecurity Action Planner

The best defence against pests and diseases is to implement sound biosecurity practices on your farm. Quick and simple measures built into everyday practice will help protect your farm and your future.

Use the Farm Biosecurity Action Planner to assess the risks on your farm and to take steps to address them. Refer to the planner periodically to check on progress and prioritise actions.

Farm Biosecurity App

The Farm Biosecurity App is for people on the go who want to bolster biosecurity on their farm. It’s based on the six biosecurity essentials, covering every aspect of your day-to-day activities. Download it directly to your phone or device.

Create your unique, customised farm profile and toolkit of resources HERE

The purchase of rural land is a major decision and the presence of weeds, and the ongoing cost of managing weeds is often not considered. This is especially the case as more people with little or no experience in rural land management are moving away from the city and making the 'tree change.'

Before signing a contract, prospective purchasers should carefully consider the following:

  • What are considered to be priority weeds in this area?
  • Are there infestations of priority weeds on the land?
  • Have weed infestations been managed in the past?
  • What will be the ongoing cost of weed control?
  • If the land is to be used for farming, will weed infestations result in production losses?

Privacy laws prevent Council from disclosing weed infestation information directly to prospective buyers without the land owner’s consent, however by asking these questions, purchasers can be better informed before signing on the dotted line.

Under the Biosecurity Act 2015 and the Conveyancing Regulation 2017 the vendor now has a legal obligation to disclose details of any Biosecurity Directions or Biosecurity Undertakings that exist in relation to the property.


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