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CSIRO Fire Ant Report

Project overview

Thank you to everyone who answered our survey. The survey response period has now closed.

You can still provide your thoughts on the recommendations outlined in the CSIRO report: Review of Red Imported Fire Ant Scientific Principles and Controls. You can do so within the additional feedback section, however this may not be captured within the final summary report which will be shared on this page.

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) carried out a thorough review of the National Red Imported Fire Ant Eradication Program’s fire ant movement controls, which are the rules for how industries, businesses and the general public should store, move and treat materials that are at risk of spreading fire ants within and outside the fire ant biosecurity zones. These carriers are:

  • soil
  • potted plants
  • turf
  • hay and baled materials
  • mulch
  • manure
  • quarry products and other carriers.

This review is part of a business improvement process where the program is looking to streamline and improve movement controls over time, with the ultimate aim of preventing the spread of fire ants.

It is important to note that the CSIRO recommendations are not new regulation, and business practices have not changed. The report will inform how the program considers movement controls in the future, as will the feedback we receive from you.

In this hub, you will find:

  • A summary of recommendations – explore this document to find the recommendations relating to the material you are interested in.
  • The full report – this is for those who want detail on the findings.
  • An opinion form – to use if you want to provide more detailed feedback.
  • Terms of reference – so you can understand how the CSIRO carried out their study.