Approved risk management plan (ARMP) for fire ants

If you are a business that trades in, handles, or moves restricted items in the fire ant restricted area, you must be aware of your legal obligations. This includes understanding the risks of spreading fire ants and developing strategies to address these risks. These strategies must be included in a fire ant risk management plan and approved by a Biosecurity Queensland inspector.

Develop a risk management plan

You should develop your own risk management plan and tailor it to meet the specific needs of your business. Refer to the guidelines for developing a risk management plan to help you reduce the risk of spreading fire ants when dealing with restricted items.

An inspector will review your plan and, when it's approved, will provide you with an ARMP number, which you can use as a reference.

Find out how to develop a risk management plan for fire ants and submit it to an inspector for approval.

Contact a Biosecurity Queensland inspector on 13 25 23 for more information about keeping your business fire ant free.

Businesses that require an ARMP

Businesses that may require an ARMP are those involved in:

  • moving, disturbing or excavating soil (e.g. earthmovers or landscapers)
  • selling or moving pot plants and/or growing medium and/or agricultural containers with soil attached (e.g. plant nurseries, tube stock suppliers or removalists transporting plants)
  • selling or suppling turf (e.g. turf farms)
  • producing or supplying hay, straw or silage (e.g. primary producers or stock feed merchants)
  • construction or demolition (e.g. builders, demolition contractors or house removalists)
  • earth extraction or the sale of earth extraction by-products (e.g. vacuum extractors)
  • processing bio-solids
  • processing or blending soil, 'improved soils' or organic mulches and landscaping materials (e.g. soil retailers or landscape supply yards)
  • disposing, processing, reselling or distributing organic material (e.g. waste disposal facilities)
  • using or moving agricultural or industrial equipment used to disturb soil (e.g. soil excavation and haulage contractors).

Failure to comply with an ARMP

Biosecurity Queensland inspectors conduct random inspections and audits of businesses throughout the fire ant restricted area to check their compliance with fire ant movement controls.

The Plant Protection Act 1989 (PDF, 551KB) has penalties of up to $235,600 for individuals and up to $1,178,000 for businesses who fail to implement an ARMP or who do not comply with their ARMP.

An ARMP may be cancelled or suspended if an inspector believes the person/business has not complied with the plan, or that they developed the ARMP using incorrect or misleading information. Your business activities could be restricted if an ARMP is cancelled or suspended.

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Last reviewed
July 2, 2015