CSIRO Fire Ant Report

Project overview

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

We received very valuable feedback from businesses and organisations as part of this consultation.

The recommendations made by CSIRO and feedback gathered through this consultation will help inform future changes to the fire ant risk mitigation measures contained in the Biosecurity Regulation 2016.

The proposed changes are likely to represent a compromise between industries’ practical needs and CSIRO’s scientific advice on best practice. The Program will undertake further engagement with industry to notify of these changes.

For a summary of the feedback received, download the 'Consultation summary', located in 'Key Documents' at the top right of this hub.

What is the CSIRO review?

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) carried out a thorough review of our fire ant movement controls. These 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 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 we consider movement controls in the future, as will the feedback we receive from you.

In this hub, under the title 'Key Documents', you will find:

  • A consultation report– summarising the feedback provided by industry.
  • The full report – this is for those who want detail on the findings.
  • A summary of recommendations – explore these documents to find the recommendations relating to the material you are interested in.
  • Terms of reference – so you can understand how the CSIRO carried out their study.