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Weeds of North East Queensland

Declared weeds in Queensland

This section is divided into the most prominent weed types in north east Queensland. You can click on the categories in the pages in the left hand menu. Queensland has 1165 introduced plant species, many of which have become weeds.

There are three classes of declared plants under the Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002. These plants are targeted for control because they have, or could have, serious economic, environmental or social impacts.

Class 1: Introduction into Queensland is prohibited. Landowners must take reasonable steps to keep land free of Class 1 pests. It is a serious offence to introduce, keep or supply a Class 1 pest without a permit issued by the Department of Natural Resources and Water (DNRW). Penalties of up to $60,000 apply.

Class 2 : The plants must be destroyed. The management of these pests requires coordination and they are subject to programs led by local government, community or landowners. Landowners must take reasonable steps to keep land free of Class 2 pests. It is a serious offence to introduce, keep or supply a Class 2 pest without a permit issued by the DNRW. Penalties of up to $30,000 apply.

Class 3 : Numbers or distribution of these plants are to be reduced. The primary objective of Class 3 listing is to prevent sale, therefore preventing the spread of these pests into new areas. Landholders are not required to control Class 3 plants unless their land is adjacent to an environmentally significant area.It is a serious offence to supply a Class 3 pest without a permit issued by the DNRW. Penalties of up to $15,000 apply.

Click on the list of weeds in the menu at the left to find out more.