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 

On 30 August 2022, Council adopted the Biosecurity Plan for Brisbane, made in accordance with under the Biosecurity Act 2014

The plan uses a risk-based methodology to prioritise the invasive plants and animals listed within the Act. This risk-based approach ranks species based on their potential to cause environmental, economic and social harm. It also includes information about 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 manage these species on both public and private land.


The Biosecurity Plan for the Brisbane 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 for Brisbane 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 2014.

Biosecurity programs detail strategies that will be used for the management of high-risk pest species. Each program lists its purpose, commencement date and the period over which the programs are to be undertaken. A copy of the programs are contained in the plan.

The plan is for inspection at any of Brisbane City Council’s business centres. There is no cost of purchase of the programs 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 2014 , Council uses its authority under the Act 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 for Brisbane and support the achievement of its objectives. 


More information

For more information regarding Council’s biosecurity programs, phone Council on 07 3403 8888.

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