Biosecurity Queensland - Queensland

Service summary

Through its services in animal biosecurity & welfare; plant biosecurity & product integrity; invasive plants and animals and biosecurity sciences, Biosecurity Queensland aims to ensure competitive primary industries meet community expectations for biosecurity in Queensland and contribute to public health concerns.

Goals for biosecurity in Queensland are to:

  • prevent exotic pest and diseases from entering, spreading or becoming established in Queensland
  • to ensure significant pest and diseases already in Queensland are contained, suppressed or managed
  • to contribute to the maintenance of Australias favourable national and international reputation for freedom from many pests and diseases, market access for agricultural commodities, product safety and integrity and divers ecosystem sustainability

Biosecurity Queensland is responsible for coordinating the government's efforts to prevent, prepare, investigate, respond and recover from pests, diseases and contaminants and deal with animal welfare issues that threaten the economy, the environment and our way of life.

Biosecurity Queenslands new strategies over the next five years are to improve biosecurity systems and build biosecurity capability and capacity are:

  • to build leadership and good governance within Queensland and nationally to underpin an effective biosecurity system
  • to take a more preventative approach to biosecurity risk
  • to pursue early detection of new pests and diseases and demonstrate our favorable status through better coordinated and designed surveillance systems
  • to be more prepared for and mount more effective and timely emergency responses to incursions of pest and diseases
  • to improve the ongoing management of established pests and diseases and reduce their impacts
  • to take a particular focus on tropical biosecurity to account for the unique climatic and demographic conditions that exist in Queensland.

Staff are based at approximately 60 odd locations across Queensland. They include science professionals and technical officers, inspectors, and support staff.

Services include:

  • surveillance and monitoring for pest animal and tramp ants and diseases of animals and plants
  • control, containment or eradication of significant pests and diseases
  • moving plants and plant products
  • exhibited animals
  • laboratory diagnosis of disease of animals including aquatic species
  • laboratory analysis of animal and plant material for chemical residues
  • specific vaccine production for Tick Fever
  • food safety
  • public education on responsible agricultural and veterinary (Agvet) chemicals
  • monitoring of compliance with labeled use of Agvet chemicals
  • public education on animal welfare standards
  • monitoring compliance with animal welfare standards.
  • biosecurity science
  • administering livestock identification systems such as Livestock Brands

Information can be obtained from the Department's website.

Service type

Support Service

A service offered by government to aid in running a business.

Definition of terms

Animal biosecurity

the protection and viability of the Qld livestock industry and human health from exotic animal pests and diseases.

Animal ethics

the ethical use of animals for scientific purposes and teaching. All proposed use of animals for scientific purposes and teaching.

Animal welfare

involves a duty of care based on the internationally recognised ''five freedoms'' of animal welfare.


variety of life forms including the different plants, animals and microorganism, the genes they contain, and the ecosystems they form. Biodiversity is usually considered at three levels: genetic, species and ecosystem.


means mitigating the risks and impacts to the economy, the environment, social amenity of human health associated with pests and diseases.


an attack with the deliberate release of viruses, bacteria, or other germs (agents) used to cause illness or death in people, animals, or plants.


restriction of an incursion to a limited area, perhaps with quarantine measures enforced in order to prevent further spread. Containment may be an adjunct to or an approach used in an eradication campaign.


includes biological or chemical substances whether naturally occurring or synthetic, (such as agricultural and veterinary chemical residues above acceptable levels) present in the environment and or food chain with potential harmful effects.


the permanent elimination of the species from the ecosystem which, in practice, means that it can no longer be detected by recommended methods of survey and diagnosis.


an isolated population or the detection of a species in a place where it has not previously been found.

Invasive plants and animals

the control of invasive plants, pest animals and ants to minimise impact on the community.

Invasive species

an exotic species that establishes a wild population and spreads beyond the place of introduction and becomes abundant.

Market access

includes all the actions undertaken to maintain and improve the access for agricultural products to markets that represent Queensland''s trading partners, both national and international.


a recently detected new incursion or proliferation of a pest or disease, including: a known exotic pest or disease; a distinguishable variant form of a pest or disease that is established, but not a new incidence of an established pest or disease; a pest or disease of unknown or uncertain origin; or a pest or disease of potential importance to the area endangered and not yet present there or widely distributed and being officially controlled, but is occurring in such a fulminate outbreak form, that an emergency response is required.

Plant biosecurity

management of risks associated with plant pest and diseases through surveillance, intervention and prevention measures.


arrangements to ensure that, should an outbreak occur, all those resources and services needed to address the outbreak can be efficiently mobilised and deployed.

Product integrity

means the policy, regulatory, research and advisory responsibility in relation to the role of agricultural and veterinary (Agvet) chemical in food and fibre production and other factors that impact on food safety.


the systematic investigation of a population or area to collect data and information about the presence, incidence, prevalence or geographical extent of a pest or disease.

Tramp ants

a divers group of invasive ant species derived from many parts of the world.

Eligibility requirements

No specific eligibility criteria apply.


Some fees are involved depending on service. No fees apply for advisory services.

Publications Details

Various advisory leaflets (Farmnotes) and other publications are available from the Department.

Administering agency

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Biosecurity Queensland

Contact details

Animal disease watch hotline (Report suspect emergency animal diseases)
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Biosecurity Queensland


1800 675 888

Exotic Plant Pest Hotline (Report suspect exotic plant pests)
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Biosecurity Queensland


1800 084 881

Customer Service Centre
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries


13 25 23


07 3404 6999


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