On 1 July 2016 the Biosecurity Act 2014 replaced the Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002.  

This Act placed obligations on everyone to minimise the risks associated with invasive plants and animals.

Biosecurity Queensland is responsible for leading and coordinating the Queensland Government’s biosecurity initiatives.

Biosecurity Obligations

Everyone is obligated to take all reasonable and practical steps to minimise the risks associated with invasive plants and invasive animals under their control. This is called a general biosecurity obligation (GBO).

Your Biosecurity Obligations

Everyone is obligated to take all reasonable and practical steps to minimise the risks associated with invasive plants and invasive animals under their control. This is called a general biosecurity obligation (GBO).  Not complying with the general biosecurity obligation is an offence.

Restricted invasive plants and animals are established in Queensland and seriously threaten Queensland’s primary industries, natural environment, livestock, human health and people’s livelihoods.

The general biosecurity obligation means you need to ensure your activities do not spread a pest, disease or contaminant. Your responsibilities are:

  • take all reasonable and practical steps to prevent or minimise each biosecurity risk
  • minimise the likelihood of the risk causing a biosecurity event and limit the consequences of such an event
  • prevent or minimise the adverse effects the risk could have and refrain from doing anything that might exacerbate the adverse effects

Biosecurity Risks And Events

You do not need to know about all biosecurity risks, but you are expected to know about those associated with your land management activities.  This includes, for example, moving diseased plant material, or associated soil or equipment, off the property.

A biosecurity risk exists when you deal with any pest, disease or contaminant, or with something that could carry one of these.

A biosecurity event is caused by a pest, disease or contaminant that is or is likely to become, a significant problem for human health, social amenity, the economy or the environment.

The introduction or spread of new weeds, pests and diseases onto your property can reduce production and cost you time and money. The best defence is prevention, by implementing sound biosecurity practices. Quick and simple measures built into everyday practice will help protect your farm and your future.

Farm biosecurity is your responsibility, and that of every person visiting or working on your property.

Further information and fact sheets are available on the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website and Queensland Government and Industry Portal.

Prohibited and Restricted Plants and Animals

Prohibited invasive plants and animals could seriously threaten Queensland's primary industries, natural environment, livestock, human health and people's livelihoods.

Prohibited Invasive Plants and Animals

Prohibited invasive plants and animals are not present in Queensland and seriously threaten Queensland’s primary industries, natural environment, livestock, human health and people’s livelihoods.

Prohibited invasive plant and animal sightings must be reported to Biosecurity Queensland  on 13 25 23 within 24 hours of the sighting.

A person reporting the prohibited invasive plants must take all reasonable and practical steps to minimise the risk of it spreading or escaping until they receive advice from an authorised officer.

A comprehensive list can be found at the link below:

https://www.business.qld.gov.au/industries/farms-fishing-forestry/agriculture/land-management/health-pests-weeds-diseases/weeds-diseases/invasive-plants/prohibited

https://www.business.qld.gov.au/industries/farms-fishing-forestry/agriculture/land-management/health-pests-weeds-diseases/pests/invasive-animals/prohibited

Restricted Invasive Plants and Animals

Restricted invasive plants and animals are established in Queensland and seriously threaten Queensland’s primary industries, natural environment, livestock, human health and people’s livelihoods.

Many restricted invasive plants and animals have related species that are classified as prohibited invasive plants or animals. You should view both the prohibited and the restricted invasive plants and animal pages to understand what your responsibilities are.

https://www.business.qld.gov.au/industries/farms-fishing-forestry/agriculture/land-management/health-pests-weeds-diseases/weeds-diseases/invasive-plants/restricted

https://www.business.qld.gov.au/industries/farms-fishing-forestry/agriculture/land-management/health-pests-weeds-diseases/pests/invasive-animals/restricted

Categories for Restricted Matter

There are seven categories of Restricted Matter and Prohibited Matter which must be reported immediately to Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23.

Categories 1 – 7 for Restricted matter

Category 1

Includes insects such as Asian honey bees, red imported fire ants, electric ants, certain animal and plant diseases, aquatic diseases and pathogens. This restricted matter must be reported to Biosecurity Queensland within 24 hours of you becoming aware of its presence.

Category 2

Includes certain noxious fish, weeds and pest animals such as alligator gar, hog deer, water mimosa and Koster’s curse. This restricted matter must also be reported to an authorised person within 24 hours of you becoming aware of its presence.

Category 3

Category 3 restricted matter certain noxious fish, weeds, pest animals and insects. Examples of this category of restricted matter are parthenium, prickly pears, chital deer and foxes. You must not supply to another person or release into the environment this category of restricted matter.

Category 4

Includes specific noxious fish, weeds and pest animals such as the feral pig, chital deer and wild dog. You must not move this restricted matter to ensure that it does not spread into other areas of the state.

Category 5

Category 5 restricted matter includes certain noxious fish, weeds, pest animals such as European rabbit, Carp, Mexican feather grass. You must not possess or keep this restricted matter under your control. These pests have a high risk of negatively impacting on the environment.

Category 6

Includes certain invasive animals such as, foxes, rabbits, wild dogs, feral deer and noxious fish such as carp, gambusia and tilapia. You must not feed this category of restricted matter. With the exception of the fish species, feeding for the purpose of preparing for or undertaking a control program is exempted.

Category 7

Category 7 restricted matter includes the noxious fish, climbing perch, gambusia, tilapia carp, weatherloach.  If you have these noxious fish in your possession you must kill the restricted matter and dispose of it by burying the whole carcass (no parts removed) in the ground above the high tide water mark or placing it in a waste disposal receptacle.

Prohibited matter

Prohibited matter is a disease, exotic fish, insect pest, pest animal or a weed that is not found in Queensland.  If you find prohibited matter you must report it immediately to Biosecurity Queensland.

All information and fact sheets are available at Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website.

Further information is also available by contacting Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23

 

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