Noxious Weeds Act 1993 No 11
31 Machinery and equipment—spread of noxious weeds into NSW
(1) The purpose of this section is to prevent the spread into New South Wales of notifiable weeds that are prevalent elsewhere in Australia.Note.The principal notifiable weed concerned is parthenium weed.(2) This section applies to machinery or equipment:(a) that is of a kind declared, by order of the Minister published in the Gazette, to be machinery or equipment to which this section applies, andbeing machinery or equipment that is brought into New South Wales from another State or a Territory.(b) that has already been used for the purpose for which it was manufactured,(3) The following provisions apply to any machinery or equipment to which this section applies:(a) The Minister is to make arrangements for inspectors to set up places at or near the borders of New South Wales at which machinery or equipment may be produced for inspection (being places set up on a regular basis or by special arrangement with a person bringing machinery or equipment into New South Wales). The machinery or equipment is to be brought into New South Wales at such a place and produced to an inspector without delay.(b) A declaration in duplicate must be lodged with an inspector at that place certifying that the machinery or equipment has been cleaned as required by the regulations (being a declaration signed by the person who cleaned the machinery or equipment).(c) An inspector at that place must inspect the machinery or equipment.(d) Following that inspection, the inspector is to sign a copy of the declaration and return it to the person in charge of the machinery or equipment, unless the inspector is not satisfied that the machinery or equipment has been cleaned as required by the regulations.(e) If the inspector is not satisfied that the machinery or equipment has been cleaned as required by the regulations, the machinery or equipment is not to be moved anywhere in New South Wales, without the approval of an inspector, until the inspector is so satisfied and has signed a copy of a declaration (referred to in paragraph (b)) lodged with the inspector. Until the inspector is so satisfied, the inspector may only approve of the movement of the machinery or equipment to an appropriate place to be cleaned or for its return to the State or Territory concerned.(f) A copy of the declaration signed by the inspector must accompany the machinery or equipment while it is in New South Wales (but only for the period of 12 months after the machinery or equipment was last brought into New South Wales).(4) A person who moves, or permits the movement of, machinery or equipment within New South Wales, knowing that subsection (3) has been contravened in relation to the machinery or equipment, is guilty of an offence.Maximum penalty: 50 penalty units.(5) A person who, for the purposes of this section, lodges a declaration with an inspector that the person knows, or ought reasonably to know, is false or misleading in a material particular is guilty of an offence.Maximum penalty: 50 penalty units.(6) An inspector may:(a) stop and inspect machinery or equipment that the inspector reasonably suspects to have been moved in New South Wales in contravention of subsection (3), and(b) require any such machinery or equipment to be cleaned as required by the regulations under subsection (3) if the inspector reasonably suspects that it contains notifiable weed material.(7) The person in charge of machinery or equipment that is required under subsection (3) to be accompanied by a copy of a declaration must, on demand by an inspector, produce for inspection the copy of the declaration.Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.(8) In this section, inspector includes a border inspector or an authorised officer.