Fire ant movement controls

As of 1 July 2016, fire ant biosecurity zones come into effect and will replace all previous versions of the fire ant restricted area.

To prevent the spread of fire ants, the Queensland Government has implemented movement controls in areas of Queensland where this pest species has been detected. These controls apply to individuals and commercial operators, and restrict the movement of materials that could 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.

To help prevent the spread of fire ants, you should:

  • understand what fire ants look like and what materials (i.e. fire ant carriers) 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.

If you are unsure of your obligations contact a Biosecurity Queensland inspector on 13 25 23.

Report fire ants online or call Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23.

This guide explains your obligations when moving or storing fire ant carriers in the fire ant biosecurity zones.