Biosecurity requirements for agribusiness
Biosecurity involves managing the risks and impacts associated with pests and diseases. It plays a vital role in Queensland's agricultural industries.
Protecting our farms from pests and diseases:
- ensures continued market access for our products
- helps support profitable industries
- maintains our reputation for high standards of animal care
- reduces the risk of chemical contamination and promotes a safe food supply
- reduces risks to the natural resources needed for sustainable production
- keeps our environment healthy.
Biosecurity Queensland is responsible for leading and coordinating the Queensland Government's biosecurity initiatives.
- Create your on-farm biosecurity plan to reduce the risk of introducing or spreading an infectious disease, pest or weed.
- Biosecurity programs address the containment of disease outbreaks when they occur.
- Encourage visitors to use the Farm check-in tool when entering your agricultural property to minimise the spread of pests and diseases.
- Find out if you need to be registered as a biosecurity entity.
Animal health and diseases
All animal owners should know how to maintain the health of their animals and protect them against diseases. Some animal diseases, such as foot-and-mouth disease, could severely affect Queensland's economy or lifestyle if there were an outbreak.
Learn more about animal health and diseases, including strategies for protection and biosecurity planning.
Queensland's livestock movement requirements are designed to prevent the spread of pests and diseases, and safeguard our food and markets.
The National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) ensures cattle, buffalo, bison, sheep, pigs and goats can be identified and traced throughout Australia.
Cattle tick restriction zones have been set up to prevent the spread of cattle ticks.
Learn more about requirements for branding and earmarking.
Plant pests and diseases
Exotic plant pests, including insects and diseases, threaten Queensland's agriculture, environment and economy.
Moving plants, plant products and related risk items (e.g. soil and machinery) from 1 area to another can introduce or spread pests and diseases.
Before you move plant products or related items, make sure you comply with legal restrictions on moving these materials.
Learn more about protecting your farm from plant pests and diseases.
Weeds, pest animals and invasive ants
Weeds and pest animals are a threat to the profitability of industry, the sustainability of our natural resources and our ability to conserve biodiversity and protect our way of life.
Learn more about managing weeds, pest animals and invasive ants on your property.
Chemicals and residues
The government regulates the use of pesticides and veterinary medicines, and monitors plant and animal produce for chemical residues and contaminants.
- Last reviewed: 21 Sep 2022
- Last updated: 22 Nov 2022