Weeds of National Significance (WONS)

Under the National Weeds Strategy, 32 introduced plants were identified as Weeds of National Significance (WONS).

This list of 32 Weeds of National Significance was developed based on the following key criteria:

  • invasive tendencies
  • impacts
  • potential for spread
  • socioeconomic and environmental values.

Visit the Weeds of National Significance web page to see more information on each species.

National management strategies and manuals

National management strategies and manuals have been published for all of these species.

The strategies aim to:

  • prevent spread and new infestations
  • reduce adverse impacts of existing infestations
  • establish and maintain national commitment
  • coordinate management at a national level
  • increase community awareness.

National management groups have been established for each of these species to oversee the implementation of the respective national strategic plans.

The WONS national management strategies and the details of the management arrangements are available from Weeds Australia.

List of Weeds of National Significance
Species Occurs in Qld
African boxthorn Yes
Alligator weed Yes
Athel pine Yes
Asparagus weeds Yes
Bellyache bush Yes
Bitou bush Yes
Blackberry Yes
Bridal creeper Yes
Brooms Yes
Cabomba Yes
Cat's claw creeper Yes
Chilean needle grass Yes
Fireweed Yes
Gamba grass Yes
Gorse Yes
Hymenachne Yes
Lantana Yes
Mesquite Yes
Madeira vine Yes
Mimosa pigra Yes
Opuntioid cacti Yes
Parkinsonia Yes
Parthenium weed Yes
Pond apple Yes
Prickly acacia Yes
Rubber vine Yes
Sagittaria Yes
Salvinia Yes
Serrated tussock No
Silverleaf nightshade Yes
Water hyacinth Yes
Willows Yes