The Australian Weeds Strategy (AWS) was endorsed for release by the Natural Resource Management Ministerial Council at the eleventh meeting, 24 November 2006, Christchurch New Zealand and decision advised in the meeting communiqué.

Consultation and drafting of the AWS was conducted by the Australian Weeds Committee (a sub committee of the Council) and builds upon the successes of the National Weeds Strategy which was launched in 1997. The drafting of the Strategy involved public consultation with the input of all key stakeholders.

The revised Strategy maintains the policy focus of the National Weeds Strategy, taking into account changes to institutions, legislation, policies and programming that support weed management in Australia.

It takes a strategic approach and provides a framework to establish consistent guidelines for all parties, identifying priorities for weed management across the nation with the aim of minimising the impact of weeds on Australia's environmental, economic and social assets.

A PDF version of the Australian Weeds Strategy can be down loaded via this link - Australian Weeds Strategy.pdf.

The Australian Weeds Strategy is a vital part of Australia's integrated approach to national bio-security and completes other existing and new national strategies for invasive species, such as those for terrestrial vertebrate and marine pests.

The implementation report for for the Australian Weeds Strategy is available below.



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