The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) is responsible for administering the Catchment and Land Protection Act (1994), which is the main article of legislation governing the management of invasive plants and animals in Victoria.
The are also a number of other Acts that guide the management of invasive species, including:
- Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (1986)
- Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act (1988)
Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994
The main legislation covering noxious weed and pest animal management in Victoria is the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994 (CALP Act). Under this Act species of plants and animals can be declared as noxious weeds and pest animals.
One of the main objectives of the CaLP Act is to protect primary production, Crown land, the environment and community health from the effects of noxious weeds and pest animals. The CaLP Act defines roles and responsibilities and regulates the management of noxious weeds and pest animals. The Act prohibits the movement and sale of noxious weeds of all categories anywhere in the State, and covers weed seeds occurring as contaminants in seed lots, plant products or on vehicles, machinery or animals. The CaLP Act also regulates the importation, keeping, selling and releasing of declared pest animals.
Under the CaLP Act all land owners have legal obligations regarding the management of declared noxious weeds and pest animals on their land. Specifically, land owners must take all reasonable steps to eradicate regionally prohibited weeds, prevent the growth and spread of regionally controlled weeds, and prevent the spread of - and as far as possible eradicate - established pest animals on their land.
Ongoing review of current legislation is essential for effective management of invasive species. Recent legislative changes have allowed a more streamlined approach to noxious weed and pest animal declarations under the Act.
The Catchment and Land Protection Act (1994) may be found by visiting the Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents website at www.legislation.vic.gov.au.
Find the Act by viewing the Victorian Law Today library and searching the Acts or browsing under "C" for Catchment.