Fire ant biosecurity zones

As of 1 July 2016, fire ant biosecurity zones come into effect.

Fire ant biosecurity zones are in place in areas of Queensland to restrict the movement of materials that could spread fire ants.

Under the Biosecurity Act 2014, individuals and organisations whose activities involve the movement or storage of fire ant carriers will have a general biosecurity obligation (GBO) to take all reasonable steps to ensure they do not spread fire ants.

The Biosecurity Regulation 2016 prescribes procedures that you must follow when moving or storing a fire ant carrier. Find out more about the procedures for managing fire ant carriers. Specific provisions are not provided for all situations and there is flexibility to find better ways of managing risks.

There are 3 fire ant biosecurity zones in Queensland. Refer to the fire ant biosecurity zone maps to see the boundaries of each zone.

The table below outlines certain conditions you must meet before moving fire ant carriers. In particular, there are different levels of controls for moving soil.

Fire ant carrierFire ant biosecurity zone 1Fire ant biosecurity zone 2Fire ant biosecurity zone 3
Soil (includes fill, clay, scrapings, and any material removed from the ground at a site where earthworks are being carried out)To move soil from a property within biosecurity zone 1, you must have a biosecurity instrument permit, unless:
  • the soil remains within zone 1*
    or
  • the soil is moved to a waste facility within zone 1 or zone 2
To move soil from a property within biosecurity zone 2, you must have a biosecurity instrument permit, unless:
  • the soil remains within zone 2 or is moved to zone 1*
    or
  • the soil is moved to a waste facility within zone 1 or 2
To move soil from a property within biosecurity zone 3, you must have a biosecurity instrument permit, unless:
  • the soil remains within zone 3*
    or
  • the soil is moved to a waste facility within zone 3
Mulch
Animal manures
Baled hay or straw
Potted plants
Turf
To move these fire ant carriers from a property within any of the 3 fire ant biosecurity zones, you must either:
  • follow movement and storage procedures outlined in the Biosecurity Regulation 2016. Refer to the guidelines for managing fire ant carriers
    or
  • move the material directly to a waste facility (zone restrictions apply)
    or
  • move the material within 24 hours of it being on the property

If you are unable to fulfil the above conditions, then you must request a biosecurity instrument permit from an inspector

Other fire ant carriers (including mining or quarrying products or by-products, compost)To move these fire ant carriers from a property within any of the 3 fire ant biosecurity zones, you must either:
  • move the material directly to a waste facility (zone restrictions apply)
    or
  • move the material within 24 hours of it being on the property
    or
  • obtain a biosecurity instrument permit from an inspector

*For soil movement within the fire ant biosecurity zones, you must meet the general biosecurity obligation (GBO).

Complete the biosecurity instrument permit request to obtain a permit from a Biosecurity Queensland inspector or call 13 25 23.

Fire ant biosecurity zone maps and information

Moving fire ant carriers interstate

Other states and territories place conditions on the movement of fire ant carriers from Queensland, and these conditions may differ from Queensland's movement restrictions. If you are moving fire ant carriers interstate, contact the entry state to confirm the entry conditions.

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