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Australian Weeds Strategy (2017-2027)

​​​​​The current Australian Weeds Strategy (2017-2027) provides a national framework for addressing weed issues whilst maintaining the profitability and sustainability of Australia’s primary industries and the reducing the impact of weeds on the environment.

2017 National

Australian Weeds Strategy (2007-2017)

The Australian Weeds Strategy (2007-2017) provided a framework to establish consistent guidance for all parties, and identifies priorities for weed management across the nation with the aim of minimising the impact of weeds on Australia’s environmental, economic and social assets.

2006 National

Draft National Established Weed Priorities – Towards a National Framework

The Environment and Invasives Committee’s Weeds Working Group commissioned this report in 2020 to analyse the WoNS initiative and develop a draft a framework to underpin the future of national established weed management.

2020 framework National

Annual Costs of Weeds in Australia

This economic assessment by Ross McLeod in 2018 estimates weeds to impose an overall average cost of nearly $5 billion across Australia. Overall costs have increased by more than 20% over the 14 years since the Sinden et al (2004) study.


The economic impact of weeds in Australia

Economic research undertaken by J Sinden, R Jones, S Hester, D Odom, C Kalisch, R James and O Cacho in 2003 established that the annual cost of weeds to Australian agriculture exceeds $3.5 billion, and may be as high as $4.5 billion per year.

2003 Weeds CRC Tech Series

Economic impact assessment of Australian weed biological control

This report by AR Page and KL Lacey (AECgroup) examines the return on investment of the Australian weed biological control (biocontrol) effort.

2006 Weeds CRC Tech Series

Potential environmental weeds in Australia

The aim of this report by S Csurhes and R Edwards was to list and describe non-indigenous terrestrial and aquatic plant species considered to have the following attributes – represent a threat to native terrestrial or aquatic plant communities, a localised distribution and vulnerable to eradication (including species that only exist as cultivated specimens).


Impact of environmental weeds on biodiversity

This report by R.J. Adair & R.H.Groves is a review and development of a methodology.


Impact of weeds on threatened biodiversity in New South Wales

This report by by Aaron Coutts-Smith and Paul Downey (NSW Pest Management Unit, Parks and Wildlife Division Department of Environment and Conservation) looks at the biodiversity impacts of weeds on the natural environment.

2006 Weeds CRC Tech Series

A field manual for surveying and mapping nationally significant weeds

This field manual by McNaught, I, Thackway R, Brown L, and Parson M is aimed primarily at land managers, management agencies and research organisations to assist in surveying and mapping nationally significant weeds

2008 National

Weeds of pastures and field crops in Tasmania: economic impacts and biological control

The primary aim of this technical bulletin by By J.E. Ireson, J.T. Davies, D.A. Friend, R.J. Holloway, W.S. Chatterton, E.I. Van Putten and R.E.C. McFadyen was to provide a revised assessment of the cost of weeds to Tasmanian pastures and field crops as well as identifying the weeds that are having the most significant impact on Tasmanian agriculture. It also reviews the current status of all weed biological control programs that have been conducted in Tasmania against some of the major weeds and provides a case study of the successful biological control program on ragwort. The document should serve as a useful reference for those involved in weed control both within the state and nationally.

2007 Weeds CRC Tech Series

The distribution, density and economic impact of weeds in the Australian annual winter cropping system

This paper by by Randall Jones, Yohannes Alemseged, Richard Medd and David Vere reports on an analysis of the costs of weeds in Australian annual winter cropping systems.

2000 Weeds CRC Tech Series

Community involvement in off-reserve and on-reserve management of environmental weeds

This report reviews existing work in community weed management, examining hours, money spent, weed control methods used, regions covered and geographic locations. It also identifies the advantages and limitations of using community groups for environmental weed management. It is interesting to note that the most successful community groups to date are those that receive appropriate support from the local agency with which they are working. It is critical for government agencies to provide experienced personnel to train and support groups that are supplying their time to control environmental weeds, an often tedious job.

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An integrated economic system and the farm and industry benefits of improved weed management

This paper by DT Vere, RE Jones and GR Griffith presents a brief review of the methodology of production systems modelling and provides details of the farm and industry modelling methods adopted in the construction of the integrated models. Examples of the application of this modelling system are presented.

1997 Weeds CRC Tech Series

Improving the selection, testing and evaluation of weed biological control agents

This peer-reviewed publication edited by H Spafford Jacob and DT Briese contains the proceedings from the Weeds CRC Biological Control of Weeds Symposium held in Perth on September 13, 2002.

2002 Weeds CRC Tech Series

Weeds in winter pulses: integrated solutions

Guides by Di Carpenter and Annabel Bowcher for the management of weeds in winter pulse crops, looking at the whole farm business and developing strategies involving a wide range of techniques. These publications provides an overview of all aspects of managing weeds during the pulse phase of crop rotation, including what pulse species to choose, weed impacts on pulse production, problem weed species by state, optimisation of the competitive ability of pulses against weed species and weed management using an integrated approach drawn from the suite of available chemical and cultural control methods.

2004 Weeds CRC Tech Series

The specification, estimation and validation of a quarterly structural econometric model of the Australian grazing industries

This model’s development by David Vere, Garry Griffith and Randall Jones closely follows the structural modelling procedures previously adopted in NSW Agriculture and represents an aggregation of that research into a single entity.

2000 Weeds CRC Tech Series

Recent incursion of weeds in Australian 1971-1995

This report convened by RH Groves, appendix compiled by JR Hosking assigns dates to weed incursions and naturalisations wherever known.

1998 Weeds CRC Tech Series

An economic evaluation of the research benefits and returns on investment in the Invasive Plants Cooperative Research Centre

This report by by Randall Jones, Garry Griffith and David Vere (NSW DPI) evaluates the economic return on benefit based on seven years of CRC work.

2006 Weeds CRC Tech Series

Weeds CRC impact assessment

This report by the Centre for International Economics highlights the CRC’s achievements up until 2001 and the avenues through which the CRC’s work will reduce weed costs over the longer term.

2001 Weeds CRC Tech Series

ACT Parks & Conservation Service – Invasive Plants Program outline

This plan is for invasive plant control on public land in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Many of the species are legally required to be controlled (pest plants). Planned control work on leased rural land is outlined in separate land management agreements. Major threats are tackled jointly, because invasive plants do not recognise fences or property boundaries.


NSW WeedsWise website

NSW WeedWise contains over 300 weed profiles, describing their profile, control (including registered herbicide options) and biosecurity duty (under the NSW Biosecurity Act 2015). This information is tailored to NSW only.


SA Weed Control App

The free Weed Control app provides essential information about the control of weeds declared in South Australia under the Natural Resources Management Act 2004.


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