Fire ant biosecurity zone changes

On 1 September 2022, we are updating the fire ant biosecurity zones in South East Queensland. They’ll be enforceable from this date.

soil, fire ants, excavator, truck

Our changes include adding new suburbs to fire ant biosecurity zone 2 and moving several suburbs from zone 2 to zone 1.

Under the Biosecurity Act 2014, we are able to amend the zones as needed, to reduce the risk of fire ants spreading.

On this page you can find further information about:

What does this mean for you?

Fire ant biosecurity zones apply to anyone who works with materials that can carry fire ants, sourced from inside the zones.

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

This includes soil, hay, mulch, manure, quarry materials, turf and potted plants.

Anyone working with these materials is legally obliged to check the fire ant biosecurity zones and, if required, use fire ant-safe practices before moving them to a new location (Biosecurity Regulation 2016).

If you are unable to do so, you must apply for a biosecurity instrument permit.

Penalties can apply to individuals and businesses seen or reported doing the wrong thing. Noticed someone doing the wrong thing? Let us know by calling 13 25 23 or using our online form.

You should start preparing for the upcoming fire ant biosecurity zones changes now.

We suggest you do this by:

  • familiarising yourself with the new map and suburbs being added to the zones
  • reviewing the requirements for managing the materials you deal with
  • updating your business practices to ensure your operations prevent the spread of fire ants.

The new zones will be in place and enforceable from 1 September 2022.

These rules apply to everyone

These rules apply to everyone residing or working within the fire ant biosecurity zones. You do not need to see fire ants or their nests for the zones to apply.


New fire ant biosecurity zone map—from 12am, 1 September 2022

Fire ant biosecurity zones, changes are coming map, Effective 1 September 2022

Fire ant biosecurity zone map (PDF, 6.7MB)

Zone 1

Local government area

Lockyer Waters

Lockyer Valley

Aratula

Scenic Rim

Charlwood

Scenic Rim

Fassifern Valley

Scenic Rim

Morwincha

Scenic Rim

Atkinsons Dam

Somerset

Coominya

Somerset

Zone 2

Local government area

Albion

Brisbane City

Auchenflower

Brisbane City

Bald Hills

Brisbane City

Boondall

Brisbane City

Bracken Ridge

Brisbane City

Brighton

Brisbane City

Carseldine

Brisbane City

Clayfield

Brisbane City

Deagon

Brisbane City

Fitzgibbon

Brisbane City

Fortitude Valley

Brisbane City

Gordon Park

Brisbane City

Kalinga

Brisbane City

Kedron

Brisbane City

Lutwyche

Brisbane City

Milton

Brisbane City

Northgate

Brisbane City

Nundah

Brisbane City

Paddington

Brisbane City

Petrie Terrace

Brisbane City

Sandgate

Brisbane City

Shorncliffe

Brisbane City

Spring Hill

Brisbane City

Taigum

Brisbane City

Virginia

Brisbane City

Wavell Heights

Brisbane City

Wooloowin

Brisbane City

Zillmere

Brisbane City

Arana Hills

Moreton Bay

Bray Park

Moreton Bay

Brendale

Moreton Bay

Camp Mountain

Moreton Bay

Clontarf

Moreton Bay

Ferny Hills

Moreton Bay

Griffin

Moreton Bay

Kallangur

Moreton Bay

Kippa-Ring

Moreton Bay

Lawnton

Moreton Bay

Mango Hill

Moreton Bay

Murrumba Downs

Moreton Bay

North Lakes

Moreton Bay

Petrie

Moreton Bay

Rothwell

Moreton Bay

Samford Valley

Moreton Bay

Samford Village

Moreton Bay

Strathpine

Moreton Bay

Warner

Moreton Bay

Allandale

Scenic Rim

Boonah

Scenic Rim

Dugandan

Scenic Rim

Hoya

Scenic Rim

Kents Pocket

Scenic Rim

Milford

Scenic Rim

Suburb

From

To

Haigslea

Zone 1

Zone 2

Lyons

Zone 1

Zone 2

South Ripley

Zone 1

Zone 2

Thagoona

Zone 1

Zone 2

Wyaralong

Zone 2

Zone 1

Current fire ant biosecurity zones


Why are we making changes?

General biosecurity obligation

Fire ant biosecurity zones are one of the key tools we use in controlling the human-assisted spread of fire ants.

They reduce the chance of fire ants travelling to suburbs that are receiving eradication treatment, new suburbs, or worse, suburbs that are outside of the fire ant biosecurity zones.

New areas are being added for one or more reasons, including that the suburbs:

  • have received or are receiving eradication treatment
  • are surrounded by suburbs that are included in the fire ant biosecurity zones
  • have experienced repeat infestation
  • are likely to become infested through spread from a neighbouring suburb.

Tools and resources