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.
This handbook is aimed at local councils and councillors.
Topics covered include;
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.
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:
Authorised officers have diverse and often difficult roles. Access to ongoing training and professional development is crucial. Full or part qualification in Certificate IV Government Investigations and part or full Qualifications in Certificate to Diploma level qualifications in Conservation and Land Management (weeds specialisation) is recommended. NSW DPI also supports delivery of non-accredited training to enhance weeds management outcomes.