General biosecurity obligation

We are all responsible for managing biosecurity risks when dealing with materials that can carry fire ants.

General biosecurity obligation

Under the Biosecurity Act 2014, all Queenslanders have a general biosecurity obligation (GBO) to manage any biosecurity risks and threats:

  • under their control
  • that they know about
  • that they are expected to know about.

Dealing with organic materials that can carry fire ants is a biosecurity risk. These materials include soil, hay, mulch, manure, quarry products, turf, and potted plants.

If you are producing, storing or moving any of these materials in Queensland, you must take all reasonable steps to ensure you do not spread fire ants. Different steps apply to each of the organic materials, as outlined in the Biosecurity Regulation 2016.

Fulfill your general biosecurity obligation

If you move or store materials that can carry fire ants, you should do the following to fulfil your GBO:

Learn if you can legally move your load from A to B before you turn the key.

Failing to comply with movement controls

Our officers conduct random compliance checks to ensure businesses and individuals are complying with the rules outlined in the Biosecurity Regulation 2016 when they are producing, storing and moving materials that may carry fire ants.

Penalty infringement notices can be issued under the Biosecurity Act 2014 for non-compliance.