Local councils that are the local control authorities for weeds under the Act must deliver specific weed management functions and:
Local government weed management priorities should be guided by the Regional Strategic Weed Management Plans.
The Standard for Weed Management Capacity in NSW describes the components that local control authorities should have in place to manage weed risk effectively. The NSW Department of Primary Industries will audit local control authorities against the Standard and support them to meet the Standard.
Authorised officers have diverse and often difficult roles. Access to ongoing training and professional development is crucial. The Australian Centre for Financial and Environmental Compliance and Tocal College provide a range of courses to support local government staff to manage weeds.
The NSW Weeds Action Program (WAP) provides access to grant funding to assist local government manage weeds. Eligible activities address the objectives of the NSW Invasive Species Plan. For example: