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Fire ant zones

Changes are coming to biosecurity zones and requirements

Welcome to our one-stop shop — where you will find everything you need to know about changes to South East Queensland’s fire ant biosecurity zones and their associated movement controls.

From Wednesday 27 May 2020, amendments to the Biosecurity Regulation 2016 will come into effect.

Fire ants are a super pest that can spread naturally by ground, through flight and in flood water, and by human-assisted movement of a range of materials.

The changes will provide extra protection for areas that have undergone the National Red Imported Fire Ant Eradication Program’s eradication activities, and reduce the chance of the pest spreading through the movement of infested material such as soil, gravel, mulch and hay.

What are the key changes?

  • The number of biosecurity zones in the region will drop from three to two. The zones will encompass new suburb areas where we know fire ants have been found.
  • A soil movement guideline will be implemented to provide clarity on how individuals and businesses can meet their general biosecurity obligation when working with soil.
  • Updated risk mitigation strategies for people to follow if they’re working with and disposing of material that may carry fire ants. In some situations, this will reduce the need to apply for a biosecurity instrument permit (BIP).

To help you understand what the impending changes will mean for you, please check out the links on this page to:

  • new fire ant biosecurity zone map (in effect from 27 May 2020)
  • fact sheets that provide detailed information about how the Biosecurity Regulation changes may impact the way you work with materials identified as ideal fire ant habitats
  • frequently asked questions.

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