National Established Weed Priorities (NEWP)

NEWP is a collaborative initiative to determine and address weed priorities through nationally coordinated actions.

NEWP’s objective is to reduce the further spread and impacts of established weeds across Australia.

The NEWP is a key mechanism for implementing the Australian Weeds Strategy 2017-2027 and to achieve action under the National Framework for the Management of Established Pests and Diseases of National Significance (EPDNS).

The NEWP is reinvigorating Weeds of National Significance (WoNS) and introducing a broader approach to tackling priority weed issues (Weed Issues of National Significance – WINS).

Benefits include support to landholders to tackle shared weed problems, access tools and training, reduction in impacts over time, improved soil health, facilitating research and harnessing resource investment and efficiencies.

Initial focus is determining new national weed priorities. This process is being led by ABARES with support and advice from the Weeds Working Group and NEWP Steering Group.

Following the determination of new national weed priorities, government and non-government stakeholders will consider investment, which will determine the scale of NEWP implementation.

Current status: planning and consultation on the WoNS methodology to prioritise new WoNS in progress.
Any enquiries can be directed to: weedpriorities@aff.gov.au

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NEWP Steering Group

Reflecting that NEWP is a collaborative initiative between government and non-government stakeholders, a NEWP Steering Group, consisting of representatives of all stakeholder sectors in weed management, will lead the overall implementation of NEWP.

The NEWP Steering Group provides strategic advice to the Environment and Invasives Committee (EIC) Weeds Working Group, which is accountable for this initiative to the Environment and Invasives Committee and the National Biosecurity Committee.

Further details are contained in the NEWP Terms of Reference.

The NEWP Steering Group will initially oversee the determination of new national weed priorities, with executive officer services provided by DAFF in the interim until the National Facilitator is appointed. Following determination of new national weed priorities, government and non-government stakeholders will consider investment. This will determine the scale of NEWP implementation and future role of the NEWP Steering Group.

Expression of Interest for NEWP Steering Group now open

To express your interest in being a member on the NEWP Steering Group send the Nomination Form with your CV to weedpriorities@aff.gov.au by 1 March 2024.

Any enquiries can be directed to: weedpriorities@aff.gov.au