Invasive Plants and Animals Committee


In August 2014, the National Biosecurity Committee (NBC) agreed to the merger of the Australian Weeds Committee and Vertebrate Pests Committee to form the Invasive Plants and Animals Committee (IPAC).

NBC also agreed that in addition to weeds and vertebrate pest animals, IPAC would also be responsible for freshwater invertebrate pests which was previously a responsibility of the Marine Pests Sectoral Committee.

IPAC held its first meeting in November 2014.

Method of Operation

The Invasive Plants and Animals Committee meets once or twice face to face and via teleconferencing, with other issues resolved out of session. The Committee may establish specific purpose working groups. The cost of meetings (other than fares and accommodation costs of delegates) is met by the Secretariat.

Major Policy Areas

  • Biological control of weeds, vertebrate pests and freshwater invertebrates
  • Plant, vertebrate pest and freshwater invertebrate incursions
  • Weed, vertebrate pest and freshwater invertebrate spread
  • Legislation to support weed, vertebrate pest and freshwater invertebrate management
  • Weed, vertebrate pest and freshwater invertebrate management

Terms of Reference for the Invasive Plants and Animals Committee (Note: The Terms of Reference are being reviewed to reflect current changes in the Committee's responsibilities)

Vision: (from the National Weeds Strategy)

Australia’s economic, environmental and social assets are secure from the impact of weeds.


To provide an inter-Governmental mechanism for identification and resolution of weed issues at a National level for Australia on behalf of the Natural Resource Management Ministerial Council (NRMMC).

Terms of Reference

Ensure an integrated and effective national approach to the prevention and management of weed problems by reporting to and advising NBC on the following matters:

  1. Provide policy advice and report as directed or at the discretion of the Committee to NRMSC on national weed issues.
  2. Support the implementation of the Australian Weeds Strategy by facilitating and coordinating consistent national action on weed tasks.
  3. Encourage the incorporation of weed management as an integral component of natural resource management at national, state and regional levels.
  4. Facilitate the delivery of weed initiatives within the national biosecurity framework.
  5. Implement a communications strategy, for increasing the profile of weeds throughout the community, government and key stakeholders.
  6. Encourage monitoring and evaluation of that national weed management effort.

Modus Operandi

  • Develop a three-year strategic plan.
  • Report annually to NRMSC, through NBC with a copy to Primary Industries Standing Committee (PISC).
  • Liaise with other national committees and external stakeholders.
  • Work within the AusBIOSEC framework.
  • Set up networks for emergency planning / action for weed incursions.
  • Meet at least once annually and use teleconferences and working groups between sessions to progress business.
  • Liaise with the National Weeds Management Facilitator for coordinating national action.
  • Utilise an outsourced Secretariat to ensure the efficient and timely operation of the Committee.


The Chair rotates every two to three years and is a senior biosecurity officer from the State and Territories who the members nominate and endorse.


Commonwealth (2 members), all States and Territories (8 members)


CSIRO, Plant Health Australia, New Zealand


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