The classification and general control of noxious weeds and pest animals in Victoria is determined under the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994 (CaLP Act). The CaLP Act establishes protections for primary production, Crown land, the environment and community health from the effects of noxious weeds and pest animals. The CaLP Act prohibits the bringing into Victoria, selling, buying, transport, display, planting and propagation of all categories of noxious weeds without a permit, and regulates the import, keeping, selling and releasing of declared pest animals in Victoria.
For more information on pest animal declarations see New Noxious Weed and Pest Animal Declarations
Pest Animal Permits
Under the CaLP Act, certain animals are declared as pest animals in Victoria. These animals are, or have the potential to become, a serious threat to primary production, Crown land, the environment or community health in Victoria. Under the Act, animal species can be declared in one of four categories: Prohibited pest animals; Controlled pest animals; Regulated pest animals; Established pest animals.
The bringing into Victoria, keeping, selling or releasing of declared pest animals without a permit is illegal and penalties apply. The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) recognises that in some instances these activities can be conducted in a manner that minimises the threat they pose. Under the CaLP Act, the department may grant permits to bring into Victoria, keep, sell or release declared pest animals for specific purposes and under particular conditions. Purposes for which pest animal permits may be granted include research and education, animal display and exhibition, and limited commercial purposes. The keeping of pest animals as household pets is not appropriate under Victoria's biosecurity approach. Permits are not required for some non-native animals, including fish and invertebrates, and for those animals which are widely kept as domestic animals, pets or farm animals which are not covered by the CaLP Act.
See A Guide for the Control over the Possession, Trade and Movement of Declared Pest Animals for more information or contact Customer Service Centre on 136 186, or write to the Pest Animal Permit Administrator, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, PO Box 124, Benalla, Victoria 3672.
Under the CaLP Act, certain species of plants are declared as noxious weeds in Victoria. These species are, or have the potential to become, a serious threat to primary production, Crown land, the environment or community health in Victoria or in another State or territory of the Commonwealth. Under the CaLP Act, noxious weeds can be declared in one of four categories: State prohibited; regionally prohibited; regionally controlled; or restricted.
The bringing into Victoria, selling, buying or display of declared noxious weeds for sale without a permit is illegal and penalties apply. Furthermore, it is illegal to plant, propagate or transport a declared noxious weed, seeds of noxious weeds or any part of a noxious weed that is capable of growing regardless of whether it is packed or mixed with the parts of any other plants, including fodder or grain. This is also true for the removal or sale of soil, sand, gravel or stone which contains or is likely to contain any part of a noxious weed, or which comes from land on which noxious weeds grow. The department recognises that in some instances these activities can be conducted in a manner that minimises the threat they pose. Under the CaLP Act, DEDJTR may grant permits for these activities where appropriate. A permit is also required to sell or hire, or offer for hire, a substance or machinery that is used or intended to be used in primary production and which contains the seeds or any other part of a noxious weed that is capable of growing; or sell an animal which is carrying seeds of a noxious weed; or deposit on land a noxious weed or the seeds of a noxious weed that are apparently capable of germinating.
For more information on invasive plant permits, contact the Customer Service Centre on 136 186.