Detailed information about what you should do when producing, storing, or moving materials that can carry fire ants.
The Biosecurity Regulation 2016 details the steps you must follow when producing and storing organic materials that can carry fire ants before you can move the materials legally.
These steps are different depending on the material you are working with:
- soil (e.g. fill, clay, scrapings, and any material removed from the ground at a site where earthworks are being carried out)
- baled hay or straw
- quarry products (e.g. gravel, fines, sand and crusher dust)
- potted plants
Inspecting materials for fire ants
Before moving any materials from one location to another, you are legally obligated to check no fire ants are present.
You should also regularly check your general property area for signs of fire ants, paying particular attention to material storage areas.