Fire ant biosecurity zones

Fire ant biosecurity zones are in place to help prevent fire ants from spreading.

Soil, manure, mulch, hay, farm, field, building site.

Fire ant biosecurity zones are in place in parts of South East Queensland to stop the 'human-assisted' movement of materials that can carry fire ants unless risk mitigation measures are followed.

Materials include soil, hay, mulch, manure, quarry materials, turf and potted plants.

There are 2 fire ant biosecurity zones.

  • Zone 1 covers suburbs that have received or are scheduled to receive fire ant eradication treatment.
  • Zone 2 covers suburbs yet to receive eradication treatment.

Interactive Map

Type in an address to find out if the property is located in the fire ant biosecurity zones.

Fire ant biosecurity zone map (PDF, 5.2MB)


Moving materials in Queensland

Anyone who buys or sells materials that may carry fire ants is legally required to follow the procedures outlined in the Biosecurity Regulation 2016 before moving it offsite.

These procedures help reduce your risk of spreading fire ants and ensure you meet your general biosecurity obligation.

You may need to obtain a biosecurity instrument permit if you are unable to follow the procedures or would like us to consider another risk mitigation method. .

Find out if you need a permit to move materials by checking our:


Apply for a biosecurity instrument permit.


Moving materials interstate

Interstate market restrictions are in place for the movement of plants and plant products within Queensland and across the border. It is important that you check the movement restrictions in place for the destination state before moving any products.

View the restricted market access map and find out if you need a biosecurity certificate.

Certificates issued by interstate authorities or under Interstate Certification Assurance (ICA) arrangements meet Queensland's entry requirements.