In 1999, Australia began the Weeds of National Significance initiative. Twenty WoNS became the “flagship” for national established weed management and many gains were made across Australia to reduce the spread and impacts of these priority weeds. In 2012, a further twelve WoNS were announced and new strategic actions initiated.
However, after twenty years the WoNS initiative has lost momentum. The partnership approach between governments, industry and community has declined and leadership and coordination has been lacking. The value of a single species focus has been questioned as the best way to deliver outcomes for the wide range of established weeds across Australia.
The NEWP framework seeks to reinvigorate and refresh WoNS, as will as expand on it through the establishment of WINS and NEWAL.