Fire ant training

Under the Biosecurity Act 2014 all Queenslanders have a general biosecurity obligation (GBO) to manage biosecurity risks and threats that are under their control, they know about, or they are expected to know about.

Businesses, organisations and individuals need to follow the requirements of the Act. This particularly applies to those who work with materials that may carry and spread fire ants. These materials include:

  • soil (e.g. fill, clay, scrapings)
  • mulch
  • manure
  • baled hay or straw
  • potted plants
  • turf
  • products or by-products of mining or quarrying
  • composted material.

Fire ant general awareness training

The fire ant general awareness training session is designed for businesses, community groups, contractors, suppliers, individuals and government bodies who:

  • are interested in learning more about fire ants
  • operate within fire ant biosecurity zones
  • work with materials that can be high risk.

It’s important that industry, residents and members of the community who live in or near an infested area know what fire ants look like, how to identify nests, and how to take action against the super pest.

In the general awareness training on fire ants, you’ll learn:

  • about fire ants and their impacts
  • how to identify fire ants and their nests
  • the importance of the eradication program
  • what’s involved in the 10-year eradication plan
  • where to look for fire ants
  • how you can fulfill your general biosecurity obligation
  • movement control requirements
  • about treatment options and bait
  • how to minimise the spread of fire ants.

Fire ant treatment training

This training is designed for pest managers, groundskeepers and other people who own, occupy or manage lands or properties to correctly treat fire ant nests.

It begins with the general awareness training and then builds on that knowledge to cover specific information.

This includes:

  • who can treat fire ants
  • what treatments are available
  • how the treatment works
  • treatment reporting requirements
  • practical treatment demonstration.

Fire ant training details




Online event


General awareness training sessions are held fortnightly on Wednesdays.

One fire ant treatment training session is held each month.




Sessions are limited to a maximum of 40 attendees, so bookings are essential.

Private group sessions are available for groups of 25 people or more.

To make a booking, phone Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23 or register online.

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