Your legal responsibility with serrated tussock

New South Wales

Serrated tussock was first declared noxious in NSW in 1938 and is a declared noxious weed under the Noxious Weeds Act 1993.

In NSW the administration of noxious weed control is the responsibiity of the Minister for Primary Industries.  The Act is implemented and enforced by the Local Control Authority (LCA) for the area, usually local government.  In some areas, groups of LCAs have initiated co-operative structures to jointly implement the noxious weed control functions for their regions.

Under the Noxious Weeds Act final responsibility for control of noxious weeds rests with the landholder.  It is an offence to not manage your noxious weeds.  Failure to manage your noxious weeds could find you with a hefty fine or worse.

More information of the Noxious Weeds Act is available on the NSW DPI Website.


In the ACT the relevant legislation for the management and control of serrated tussock is the Pest Plants and Animals Act 2005 (PPAA) and the Nature Conservation Act 1980.

In the Act, Land Management Agreements (LMA) are developed between lessees and the Government.  The LMA establishes an agreed framework for the sustainable management of the land and provides a basis for assessment of compliance with related lease conditions.  The LMA is the most relevant vehicle for developing a strategic approach to the management of weeds on rural land.