World leader in fire ant eradication
Following the discovery of fire ants in South East Queensland in 2001 a nationally cost-shared effort commenced to eradicate them.
Our National Fire Ant Eradication Program is the world’s most successful fire ant eradication program, and we are committed to protecting Australia from this invasive pest.
About the program
The National Fire Ant Eradication Program is the world’s only fire ant eradication initiative. It is also Australia’s largest biosecurity eradication program.
Fire Ant Response Plan 2023–27
Australia’s new Fire Ant Response Plan 2023–27 focuses on strengthening containment and compliance, and intensifying program-led and community treatment using a systematic, outside-in approach.
The National Steering Committee
Our program operates under the guidance of an independently chaired National Steering Committee.
To ensure transparency and accountability, we produce regular reports on how we are tracking in our effort to eradicate fire ants.
Biosecurity Act 2014
The Queensland Biosecurity Act 2014 and the Biosecurity Regulation 2016 aim to protect Queensland from biosecurity threats that could adversely impact Queenslanders.