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 eradiation treatment.

Fire ant biosecurity zone map (PDF, 5.2MB)


Moving materials in Queensland

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

A biosecurity instrument permit may be required if you are unable to follow or would like an alternative risk mitigation procedure assessed.

Learn if you need a permit to move materials in South East Queensland by using 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.

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.