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Fire ant movement controls
Changes to the Biosecurity Regulation 2016 for fire ants came into effect on Wednesday 27 May 2020.
These changes provide extra protection to areas that have undergone the National Red Imported Fire Ant Eradication Program's eradication activities, and reduce the chance of the pest spreading by the movement of infested material such as soil, gravel, mulch and hay.
The key changes are:
- 2 fire ant biosecurity zones instead of 3 (zones include new suburb areas where fire ants have been found previously)
- new soil movement guideline clarifies how you can meet your general biosecurity obligation (GBO) when working with soil
- updated risk mitigation strategies to guide you when working with material that may carry fire ants (may reduce the need to apply for a biosecurity instrument permit).
Find out more or join the conversation on the fire ant zones engagement hub.
To prevent the spread of fire ants, the Queensland Government has implemented movement controls in areas of Queensland where this invasive pest has been detected. These controls apply to individuals and businesses, and restrict the movement of materials that may carry fire ants.
It is an offence if you do not comply with movement controls within fire ant biosecurity zones. Breaches of these controls can potentially impact the community, economy and the environment.
Program inspectors conduct random compliance checks to ensure businesses and individuals are complying with the procedures outlined in the Biosecurity Regulation 2016 when moving or storing a fire ant carrier.
Penalties for non-compliance apply under the Biosecurity Act 2014.
To help prevent the spread of fire ants, you should:
- understand what fire ants look like and what materials they might be moved in
- be aware if you are living or working in a fire ant biosecurity zone
- take all reasonable steps to ensure you do not spread fire ants
- check the fire ant advice tool to see if you need a biosecurity instrument permit to move soil and other landscaping materials.
If you are unsure of your obligations, contact a National Red Imported Fire Ant Eradication Program inspector on 13 25 23.
Report fire ants online or phone the National Red Imported Fire Ant Eradication Program on 13 25 23.
This guide explains your obligations when moving or storing materials that might carry fire ants in the fire ant biosecurity zones.