NSW Biosecurity Act 2015


The  NSW Biosecurity Act 2015 came into effect on 1 July 2017. The NSW Biosecurity Act 2015 replaces all or parts of 14 Acts including the Noxious Weeds Act 1993 and the Fisheries Management Act 1994.

Under the Act, biosecurity is everyone’s responsibility. This principle applies to anyone who owns or is the responsible manager for a land tenure. The principle states that “anyone who knows or ought reasonably know about a biosecurity risk has a duty to report, prevent, eliminate or minimise that risk as far as reasonably practicable”.

Under the legislation, landholders must control biosecurity risks on their property. Typically these risks would include the pest animal group known as Vertebrate Pests that includes but is not limited to;

  • Rabbits
  • Foxes
  • Pigs
  • Wild dogs & cats.
  • Deer

Landholders are also responsible for the control of the Priority Weeds listed for Uralla Shire. Priority Weeds have the potential to have a serious impact on the environment, the community or economic activities (such as farming). Not all noxious weeds are non-native and some are aquatic.

For details about how to control declared noxious weeds or pests, landholders are encouraged to contact the Northern Tablelands Local Land Services by clicking here or on (02) 6770 2000.