Invasive plants


What is an invasive plant?


Plants that grow in sites where they are not wanted are weeds. This is a very broad term and includes everything from amenity weeds to invasive plants.

Invasive plants

Invasive plants are introduced plants that can establish on many sites, grow quickly and spread to the point of disrupting native plant communities or ecosystems. Put simply, invasive plants are high risk weeds.

Reporting invasive plants

Report sightings of invasive plant species on NatureMapr.

We monitor NatureMapr for significant sightings of invasive plants, so there can be a rapid response to stop or slow the spread. This helps to protect the environment, economy and human health.

The Atlas of Living Australia collates NatureMapr and other citizen science records. It gives an overview of the places in our region where a species of interest has been recorded.

You can also report weed sightings to Access Canberra.

Invasive plant control maps and progress reports

The following interactive Operations Dashboards include maps showing the locations where invasive plant control has been undertaken. The map for the current financial year is a live map which is updated automatically as work is completed.

Invasive Plants Implementation Plan 2020-25

The Invasive Plants Implementation Plan 2020-25 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.

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