New biosecurity laws for the Queensland landscaping industry
The new Biosecurity Act 2014 (the Act) will come into effect on 1 July 2016. The Act will improve Queensland’s biosecurity preparedness and response capabilities for the protection of your industry. Under the Act, we will be better placed to focus on the biosecurity risks that impact our economy, our agricultural and tourism industries, our environment and our lifestyle.
All individuals and organisations whose activities pose a biosecurity risk will have a legal responsibility for managing them. As an industry worker you will need to take an active role in managing biosecurity risks under your control. You will not be expected to know about all biosecurity risks, but you will be expected to know about those associated with your landscaping activities. Read the full article
Fire ants are dangerous imported pests that could spread to large areas of Australia, severely damaging the environment, our outdoor lifestyle and our Industries. It is for this reason that biosecurity zones and movement controls are in place to restrict the spread of fire ants in areas of South East Queensland.
The landscaping industry in Queensland is a vital partner in the fight to achieve fire ant eradication.
Responsibilities for businesses
Under new biosecurity laws all Queenslanders have a shared responsiblity to help eradicate pests such as fire ants. The latest biosecurity regulations allow for businesses and individuals to find better ways of managing their own risks.
Here are some of the ways you can fulfil your biosecurity obligation.
Find out more about fire ants www.daf.qld.gov.au/fireants
Find out if you are working in a fire ant biosecurity zone
Find out more about the procedures required for moving and storing different carrier materials
Book a free training session for yourself and your staff
Report suspect ants
Status of the National Fire Ant Eradication Program