Invasive Species Management in Brisbane

Whether you own a house with a garden in the inner city, suburban acreage or an industrial site, everyone in Queensland has a General Biosecurity Obligation (GBO) to manage the risks associated with invasive plants and animals under their control.

Biosecurity Plan for the Brisbane Local Government Area

On 6 February 2018, Council adopted the Biosecurity Plan for the Brisbane Local Government Area (Biosecurity Plan), made under the Biosecurity Act. The Biosecurity Plan was developed in accordance with stakeholders, invasive species experts and the general public.

The Biosecurity Plan uses a risk-based methodology to prioritise the Queensland Government listed invasive plants and animals listed within the Biosecurity Act that require management in the Brisbane region. This risk-based approach ranks species based on their potential to cause environmental, economic and social harm. It also includes a list of locally significant pest vegetation species, which are managed under Council’s Natural Assets Local Law 2003. Biosecurity Programs and strategies have been developed for Council to deploy to manage these species on both public and private land.


The Biosecurity Plan for the Brisbane Local Government Area has been designed to:

  • evaluate the risks and impacts posed by invasive (non-native) plants and animals to the Brisbane area)
  • develop options to overcome those impacts
  • identify and communicate the strategies and actions available to manage invasive species impacts on private and public land
  • implement actions and strategies to manage the risks and impacts of invasive species on private and public land
  • provide Council with the tools to amend the management approach in response to changes to the risks or impacts of invasive species. 

Download the plan

To find out more details about the plan, you can download it in full:

Biosecurity programs

The Biosecurity Plan contains Biosecurity Programs which have been developed for the management of invasive plants and animals on both public and private land.

Biosecurity programs:

  • have been developed for the management of high-risk invasive plants and animals across the city
  • enable Council to monitor compliance with obligations and, where appropriate, carry out management actions under the Biosecurity Act.

Biosecurity Programs identify strategies available for the management of high-risk pest species depending on their impact across the city. Each Program lists its purpose, the Programs start (February 2018) and the period over which the Programs are to be carried out (until 31 December 2022).

 A copy of the program is contained within the Biosecurity Plan for the Brisbane Local Government Area (PDF - 3.5Mb). The Biosecurity Plan is available on the web, or for inspection at any of Brisbane City Council’s business centres. There is no cost of purchase of the program if obtained from Council’s public office.

Invasive species management under the Natural Assets Local Law 2003

In recognition of concern about the impacts of other invasive plants not specifically listed in the Biosecurity Act or the Biosecurity Regulation 2016, the Biosecurity Act allows Council to manage other invasive species through their local laws. Programs authorised under Council’s Natural Assets Local Law 2003 (NALL) will complement the Biosecurity Plan and support the achievement of its objectives. Accordingly, for convenience, pest vegetation under the NALL is included in the Biosecurity Plan. Inspection programs under the NALL are separate to those under the Biosecurity Plan.

For more information regarding Council’s Biosecurity Programs, phone Council on 07 3403 8888.

Last updated: 29 October 2020

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