The National Fire Ant Eradication Program is Australia’s largest biosecurity eradication initiative.
Following the discovery of fire ants in South East Queensland in 2001, a nationally cost-shared effort commenced to eradicate them in the form of the National Fire Ant Eradication Program.
Our program is a nationally cost-shared initiative funded by all Australian state and territory governments, and the federal government.
Australia is leading the way
Australia is considered a world leader in fire ant eradication having already eradicated 6 incursions, including 5 in Queensland.
Expertise is shared by international specialists and we are continually developing new ways of beating the ants.
Modelling has shown that without our efforts fire ants would have now spread extensively in Australia, including west to Longreach, north to Bowen, and south to Canberra. If left uncontrolled, the financial impact of fire ants on our country is estimated to be an estimated $1.65 billion per year.
Eradicating fire ants is not easy. No other country in the world has successfully eradicated an incursion as large as the one in South East Queensland. In fact, many countries, including the United States and China, have given up.
Our strategy for eradicating fire ants from South East Queensland uses a staged, rolling treatment regimen.
This treatment is focused on an area spanning parts of the Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim, Somerset, Moreton Bay, Brisbane, Logan, Gold Coast, and Redlands.