Weed management

Councils are responsible for managing weeds by regulating and inspecting weeds across their lands.

Priority weeds

View priority weeds for the region of Greater Sydney.

Compliance inspections

We will carry out compliance inspections across our lands to control and manage ‘priority weeds’ which are weeds that create the highest level of risk to our communities.

The City of Sydney has the authority to inspect private lands for high-risk weeds and seek compliance from owners/occupiers.

In NSW all plants are regulated with a general biosecurity duty to prevent, eliminate, or minimise any biosecurity risk they may pose. Any person who deals with any plant, who knows or should know of any biosecurity risk, has a duty to ensure the risk is prevented, eliminated or minimised, so far as is reasonably practicable.

Priority weeds

Plants may be declared a priority weed if they pose a significant risk to human health, the environment, animals or the agricultural industry. Priority weeds are plants that must be controlled under the Biosecurity Act 2015.

It is the responsibility of the owners of private land as well as their occupants to ensure reasonable and effective measures are taken to control infestations of priority weeds. Priority weeds can be determined on a state, regional or local level.

For an up-to-date list of plants that are priority weeds, visit the NSW WeedWise website and view priority weeds for the region of Greater Sydney.