Movement controls for electric ants in Queensland

The Biosecurity Act 2014 and the Biosecurity Regulation 2016 place obligations on people to reduce the risk of spreading electric ants. If you live in Cairns or the surrounding regions, and your activities involve the movement of material that may harbour electric ant (electric ant carriers) you have a general biosecurity obligation to take all reasonable steps to ensure that you do not spread electric ants.

The electric ant biosecurity zone is in place over areas of Far North Queensland that are infested with electric ant and restricts the movement of live electric ant and electric ant carriers. Movement controls in place within the biosecurity zone are designed to prevent electric ants from spreading, and are essential to the eradication effort.

Electric ant carriers

There are restrictions on the movement of materials (electric ant carriers) that can carry electric ants within the electric ant biosecurity zone. Electric ant carriers include, but are not limited to:

  • soil
  • potted plants
  • cuttings from plants
  • fruit from plants
  • a thing that has come into contact with the ground (e.g. bee hives, pot plants, garden furniture)
  • turf
  • mulch
  • baled hay or straw
  • composted materials
  • animal manures
  • material that is a product or by-product of mining or quarrying.

Before moving an electric ant carrier from a property within the electric ant biosecurity zone, you are required to request a biosecurity instrument permit.

To request a biosecurity instrument permit, complete the request form or phone Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23.

Electric ant biosecurity zones

The following maps show the electric ant biosecurity zone - the areas where movement controls apply:

Managing electric ant carriers

When moving electric ant carriers from a property in the biosecurity zone residents and businesses must comply with the relevant movement controls.

You must hold a biosecurity instrument permit, which allows you to move an electric ant carrier:

  • between properties within the biosecurity zone
  • or
  • from a property within the biosecurity zone to a property outside of the biosecurity zone.

A permit is not required if the electric ant carrier is moved to an approved waste facility listed in the following table.

Waste facility name Address
Bells Creek Waste Transfer StationOff Bruce Highway
DAVESON

Gordonvale Waste and Recycling Transfer Station

Lot 1 Bruce Highway 
GORDONVALE

Kuranda Waste and Recycling Transfer Station

2186 Kennedy Highway 
KOAH

Medalfield Pty. Ltd. Waste Disposal and Reduction Services

78 Lower Freshwater Road 
KAMERUNGA

Mission Beach Waste Transfer Station

Wheatley Road
SOUTH MISSION BEACH

Northern Sands Pty. Ltd. Waste Disposal and Reduction Services

Lot 5 Captain Cook Highway
HOLLOWAYS BEACH

Pioneer North Queensland Pty. Ltd. and Barron Sand No. 1 Pty. Ltd.

Off Lake Placid Road
CARAVONICA

Portsmith Waste and Recycling Transfer Station

35–51 Lyons Street 
PORTSMITH

Smithfield Waste and Recycling Transfer StationLot 1 Dunne Road
SMITHFIELD

To request a biosecurity instrument permit, complete the request form or phone Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23.