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Final report now available

  Final report - Review of weed management in NSW (May 2014, 7.0 MB)


Final report

In May 2014, the NRC submitted a final report to the Minister for Primary Industries detailing recommendations and findings for its review of weed management in NSW.

The NSW Government has formally responded to the recommendations and details are available on the Department of Primary Industries website.

The final report was informed by research, consultation and over 300 public submissions in response to the issues paper and draft report. The submissions and consultation highlighted the impact that weeds have on a range of stakeholder groups, and provided useful insights that directly informed the final recommendations. The NRC appreciates the time stakeholders took in participating in public meetings and preparing thoughtful submissions.

The final report outlines a comprehensive package of recommendations. The recommendations focus on avoiding future costs by improving prevention, early detection and rapid response, while ensuring consistent compliance across tenures and rebuilding research and development capacity.

The NRC also commissioned Grain Growers Limited to complete a review of the economic impacts of weeds to support the weed management review.

  Research report - The economic cost of weeds in NSW (Grain Growers Limited, May 2014)

Submission to the proposed Framework for a NSW Biosecurity Act

The Department of Primary Industries released the proposed Framework for a NSW Biosecurity Act for public comment in June 2014. The NRC submitted a response informed by the findings from its weed management review.

  NRC submission to the proposed Framework for a NSW Biosecurity Act (June 2014)

Previous reports

As part of the review the NRC released a draft report in February 2014 outlining draft findings and recommendations and inviting submissions.

The draft report was informed by research, consultation and over 200 public submissions in response to the initial issues paper that was released in October 2013.

  Draft report (February 2014)
  Media Release - Have your say on draft report (February 2014)
  Issues paper (October 2013)
  Media Release - Have your say on issues paper (October 2013)

Public meetings

The NRC consulted with stakeholders in March with seven public meetings (see schedule).

Schedule of public meetings
19 March South Grafton District Ex-Servicemen's Club, 2 Wharf Street
20 March Armidale City Bowling Club, 92 Dumaresq Street
21 March Dubbo RSL Club Resort, Cnr Brisbane and Wingewarra Streets
25 March Cowra Services Club, 101 Brisbane Street
26 March Rydges Parramatta, 116-118 James Ruse Drive, Rosehill
27 March Wagga Wagga Commercial Club, 77 Gurwood Street
28 March Nowra Golf Club, Fairway Drive, North Nowra

About the review

Through a terms of reference, the Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson asked the NRC to undertake an independent evaluation of the effectiveness and efficiency of weed management arrangements in NSW with a view to inform the further development of the proposed NSW Biosecurity Act, and other relevant strategies under the NSW Biosecurity Strategy.

The NRC was asked to:

  • assess (based on existing data) the distribution and abundance of weeds across NSW and their impacts and likely trajectories
  • evaluate current regulatory and institutional arrangements across both public and private tenures
  • evaluate weed management programs funded by the Australian and NSW Governments
  • identify and assess viable alternative weed management arrangements
  • provide advice on potential transitional arrangements for the future implementation of the NSW Biosecurity Act and NSW Biosecurity Strategy.

For the purpose of this review, ‘weeds’ are defined as both introduced and native species but are limited to terrestrial and freshwater aquatic species only.

The Minister asked the Commissioner to establish a steering committee to ensure the terms of reference were met and that stakeholder input was properly considered.

The steering committee consisted of Cr Reg Kidd, Chair of the Noxious Weeds Advisory Committee, Dr Bruce Christie of Biosecurity NSW, and Mr Mick O’Flynn of the Office of Environment and Heritage.


The NRC treats all submissions as public and makes them available on the NRC website unless clearly marked confidential or deemed offensive. Any personal contact information in the submissions is managed in accordance with the Privacy and Personal Information Act 1988 and our Privacy Policy.

The NRC’s draft report on the review of weed management in NSW attracted a total of 109 submissions, with 90 submissions published on this page and 19 confidential submissions not published.

In response to the issues paper on the review of weed management in NSW, the NRC received a total of 206 submissions, with 180 submissions published on this page and 26 confidential submissions not published.

The following submissions are made available in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

Submissions on the draft report [show]

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Date of receipt Submission provider
17/04/2014 Invasive Species Council (1.05 MB)
16/04/2014 Nambucca Shire Council
15/04/2014 West Dapto Rural Ratepayers Association
10/04/2014 Sydney Weeds Committees
09/04/2014 Andrew Pullen
08/04/2014 NSW Farmers
08/04/2014 Serrated Tussock Working Party
07/04/2014 Bob Manning
07/04/2014 Castlereagh Macquarie County Council
07/04/2014 Cowra Shire Council
07/04/2014 Jill Merrin
07/04/2014 Julie Marlow
07/04/2014 Mid Western Regional Council
07/04/2014 Northern Inland Weeds Advisory Committee
07/04/2014 The Council of the Shire of Bourke
07/04/2014 Weddin Shire Council
06/04/2014 Australian Association of Bush Regenerators Inc
06/04/2014 Dr Bill Johnston
06/04/2014 Julie Sheppard
06/04/2014 Landcare NSW Inc
06/04/2014 Palerang Council
06/04/2014 Pamela Reeves
06/04/2014 Pittwater Natural Heritage Association
06/04/2014 Ross Muller
06/04/2014 Ryde Hunters Hill Flora and Fauna Preservation Society
06/04/2014 Sky Kidd
06/04/2014 Stewart Thompson
06/04/2014 Terry Inglis
05/04/2014 Malcolm Milner
05/04/2014 Nancy Pallin
05/04/2014 Prof Don White
04/04/2014 Central NSW Councils
04/04/2014 Central West Environmental Council
04/04/2014 Cobar Shire Council
04/04/2014 Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC
04/04/2014 Eurobodalla Shire Council
04/04/2014 Friends of the Koala
04/04/2014 G Robertson and M Ning
04/04/2014 Illawarra District Noxious Weeds Authority
04/04/2014 Lachlan Valley Weeds Advisory Committee
04/04/2014 Local Government NSW
04/04/2014 Lockhart Shire Council
04/04/2014 Lord Howe Island Board
04/04/2014 NSW North Coast Weed Advisory Committee
04/04/2014 NSW Weeds Officers Association
04/04/2014 Queanbeyan Landcare
04/04/2014 R Hawkins
04/04/2014 Riverina Eastern Noxious Weeds Authority
04/04/2014 Rosie White
04/04/2014 Snowy River Shire Council
04/04/2014 Southern Councils Group
04/04/2014 Southern Tablelands and South Coast Noxious Plants Committee
04/04/2014 Wagga Wagga City Council (2.44 MB)
04/04/2014 Yass Valley Council
03/04/2014 Blue Mountains City Council
03/04/2014 Central Murray County Council and Conargo Shire Council
03/04/2014 ERNWAG and WRNWAG
03/04/2014 Friends of Grasslands
03/04/2014 Graeme Crain (1.80 MB)
03/04/2014 Hawkesbury River County Council
03/04/2014 Hunter Central Coast Weeds
03/04/2014 Lake Macquarie City Council
03/04/2014 Macquarie Valley Weeds Advisory Committee
03/04/2014 Monaro Regional Weeds Committee
03/04/2014 New England Weeds Authority
03/04/2014 Roger Smith
03/04/2014 The Weed Society of NSW
03/04/2014 Upper Hunter Weeds Authority
03/04/2014 Wendy Bushell
02/04/2014 Tony Butteriss
02/04/2014 Cootamundra Shire Council
02/04/2014 Department of Agriculture
02/04/2014 Dubbo City Council
02/04/2014 Hillary Cherry
02/04/2014 Michael Forsyth
02/04/2014 Oatley Flora and Fauna Conservation Society
02/04/2014 Primary Industries Ministerial Advisory Council
02/04/2014 Tony Hill
01/04/2014 Griffith City Council
01/04/2014 Rob Pallin
31/03/2014 Clarence Environment Centre Inc
29/03/2014 Joanne Marshall
27/03/2014 L Nobe
27/03/2014 Scott Tourle
27/03/2014 STEP Inc.
23/03/2014 Pauline Downing
20/03/2014 Dr Mahri Koch
19/03/2014 Ifeanna Tooth
17/03/2014 Tumut Shire Council
25/02/2014 EVS Prakasa Rao

Submissions on the issues paper [show]

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