Biosecurity Queensland - Queensland

Description

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.

Eligibility requirements

No specific eligibility criteria apply.

Fees

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

Publications Details process

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

Administering agency

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Biosecurity Queensland

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Animal disease watch hotline (Report suspect emergency animal diseases)

Biosecurity Queensland

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Phone: 1800 675 888

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Exotic Plant Pest Hotline (Report suspect exotic plant pests)

Biosecurity Queensland

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Phone: 1800 084 881

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Customer Service Centre

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Phone: 07 3404 6999
Phone: 13 25 23
Website: Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Customer Service Centre (Opens in new window)