Australian Capital Territory

Weed legislation contact

Mr Steve Taylor
Environmental Weeds
Ranger-in-charge
National Parks, Reserves & Rural Land
ACT Parks & Conservation

Ph 02 6207 2278

Email: Steve.Taylor@act.gov.au


Relevant legislation

The relevant legislation is the Pest Plants and Animal Act 2005 (PPAA) which became effective on 12 November 2005. This Act replaced the pest plants and animals sections of the Land (Planning and Environment) Act 1991. The Act is administered by the ACT Department of Urban Services (Environment ACT).

The purpose of the PPAA is to protect the ACT's land and aquatic resources from threats from pest plants and pest animals, and to promote a strategic approach to pest management.

Extracts

Section 7 of the PPAA states:

    (1) The Minister may, in writing, declare a plant to be a pest plant.
    (2) Without limiting subsection (1), a declaration may declare-
      (a) that a plant is a pest plant whose presence must be notified to the chief executive (a notifiable pest plant); or
      (b) that a plant is a pest plant that must be suppressed; or
      (c) that a plant is a pest plant that must be contained; or
      (d) that a plant is a pest plant whose propagation and supply is prohibited (a prohibited pest plant).

Section 8 of the PPAA states:
    (1) The Minister may prepare a plan (a pest plant management plan) for the management of a pest plant.
    (2) Without limiting subsection (1), a pest plant management plan may outline requirements for the following, having regard to the potential threat and the practicality of control measures:
      (a) the suppression or destruction of a pest plant of a particular kind if that is achievable with current knowledge, techniques and resources;
      (b) the containment of a pest plant if its complete suppression or destruction is impractical.

The Act prohibits:
  • The commercial supply of a prohibited pest plant;
  • The reckless supply of a prohibited pest plant or material contaminated with prohibited pest plants;
  • The reckless use of vehicles and machinery contaminated with a prohibited pest plant; and
  • The reckless disposal of a prohibited pest plant or material contaminated with prohibited pest plants.
Further information is available on the ACT Department of Territory and Municipal Services Environment Homepage www.tams.act.gov.au/play/pcl/pestsandweeds under 'Pests', and then 'Managing pest plants', which includes the list of pest plant species.

Key

Category
C1 Notifiable pest plant: A pest plant whose presence must be notified to the Chief Executive.
C2 A pest plant that must be suppressed.
C3 A pest plant that must be contained.
C4 Prohibited pest plant: A pest plant whose propagation and supply is prohibited.
Notes
(a) All Salix spp. except for the permitted species, Salix babylonica var babylonica (weeping willow), S. x calodendron (pussy willow) and S. x reichardii (pussy willow)