Biosecurity involves managing the risks and impacts associated with pests and diseases. It plays a vital role in Queensland's agricultural industries.

Protecting our farms from pests and diseases:

  • ensures continued market access for our products
  • helps support profitable industries
  • maintains our reputation for high standards of animal care
  • reduces the risk of chemical contamination and promotes a safe food supply
  • reduces risks to the natural resources needed for sustainable production
  • keeps our environment healthy.

Biosecurity Queensland is responsible for leading and coordinating the Queensland Government's biosecurity initiatives.

Animal health and diseases

All animal owners should know how to maintain the health of their animals and protect them against diseases. Some animal diseases, such as foot-and-mouth disease, could severely affect Queensland's economy or lifestyle if there were an outbreak.

Learn more about animal health and diseases, including strategies for protection and biosecurity planning.

Moving livestock

Queensland's livestock movement requirements are designed to prevent the spread of pests and diseases, and safeguard our food and markets.

The National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) ensures cattle, buffalo, bison, sheep, pigs and goats can be identified and traced throughout Australia.

Cattle tick restriction zones have been set up to prevent the spread of cattle ticks.

Learn more about requirements for moving livestock and branding cattle and horses, sheep and pigs.

Plant pests and diseases

Exotic plant pests, including insects and diseases, threaten Queensland's agriculture, environment and economy.

Moving plants, plant products and related risk items (e.g. soil and machinery) from one area to another can introduce or spread pests and diseases. Before you move plants, plant products or related items, check and make sure you comply with legal restrictions on moving these materials.

Learn more about protecting your farm from plant pests and diseases.

Weeds, pest animals and invasive ants

Weeds and pest animals are recognised worldwide as a major challenge. They are a constant threat to the profitability of industry, the sustainability of our natural resources and our ability to conserve biodiversity and protect our way of life.

Many weeds and pest animals are well established or emerging threats in Queensland, while others are potential pests. Weeds and pest animals cost Queensland more than $700 million a year, excluding uncosted environmental and social impacts.

Successfully managing weeds and pest animals involves the cooperation of everyone including landholders, community groups and all levels of government.

Learn more about managing weeds, pest animals and invasive ants on your property.

Agvet chemicals and residues

Queensland has a well deserved reputation for high-quality, clean and healthy food production. To safeguard this reputation, government regulates the use of pesticides and veterinary medicines, and monitors plant and animal produce for chemical residues and contaminants.

Learn more about chemical residues and contaminants.