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Queensland Biosecurity Strategy
Queensland faces greater biosecurity risks than most other parts of Australia due to factors such as climate change, geographic proximity to our Asia-Pacific neighbours, population growth and expanding trade and business. Pests and diseases pose a real risk to Queensland’s $13 billion primary industries sector, our tourism industry and our unique environment and way of life. Biosecurity is the mi

Status of the Tramp Ant Programs in Queensland
Queensland is currently implementing three eradication programs for tramp ants. These are for the red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta), the electric ant (Wasmannia auropunctata) and the yellow crazy ant (Anoplolepis gracilipes). The National Red Imported Fire Ant (RIFA) Program commenced in 2001 with operations completed on approximately 60 000 hectares. In 2007-08, RIFA were detected on on

Implementation of the Independent Review of Hendra Virus Cases
Hendra virus is a potentially fatal virus transmitted from bats to horses and rarely to humans; since its discovery in 1994, there have been 41 cases of Hendra virus reported in horses and six cases in humans, three of which have been fatal. Following two incidents of Hendra virus at Redlands and Proserpine in July and August 2008 respectively, the then Minister for Primary Industries and Fisherie

Biosecurity Bill 2011
The Biosecurity Bill 2011 will streamline and enhance Queensland’s capacity to respond to biosecurity challenges of the future. It ensures Queensland has the flexibility to respond to evolving biosecurity risks, and is built on the strategic concept of mitigating the risk and impacts to the economy, the environment, social amenity and human health associated with biosecurity matter. The purpose

Biosecurity Bill 2013
Queensland’s current biosecurity legislation is reactive, prescriptive and includes obsolete, overlapping and inconsistent approaches. It lacks the flexibility to enable efficient responses to Queensland's emerging biosecurity risks. The Biosecurity Bill 2013 will deliver a cohesive legislative framework that provides flexible powers to respond in a timely and effective way to animal and plant dis

Agriculture and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015
The Agriculture and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 amends ten Acts within the Agriculture and Fisheries portfolio. The Agriculture and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 will: clarify the interpretation and application of the existing legislation; address inconsistencies with Commonwealth legislation; reduce obligations for suppliers of permanent identification devices for cats and do

Tully Banana Industry- Biosecurity response to Panama Disease Tropical Race 4
Panama Disease Tropical Race 4 (TR4) has been confirmed on a Tully banana property. There are limited disease control options for TR4 as it cannot be effectively controlled using fungicides or other methods such as soil fumigants. The rate of spread of TR4 is dependent upon the success of physical containment and management mechanisms implemented on affected farms to reduce the risk of movement

Farm Business Debt Mediation Bill 2016
The Government is committed to assisting rural producers and communities across the State that are affected by debt and unprecedented drought conditions. With 83.92% of the State drought-declared, the additional $77.9 million in funding over five years for the Rural Assistance and Drought Package provided in the 2016-17 Budget comes at a crucial time for rural and regional Queensland. The $36 mill

Queensland Biosecurity Capability Review
A review of the capabilities of the Queensland biosecurity system was undertaken by an independent panel and handed to the Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries. The Queensland Biosecurity Capability Review Report recognises that biosecurity risk is increasing in Queensland due to the expansion in movement of humans, livestock populations, animal and plant products, increased geographic distrib

Biosecurity Regulation 2016
The Biosecurity Act 2014 was passed on 6 March 2014 and assented to on 13 March 2014, and commences on 1 July 2016. The Biosecurity Act 2014 repeals six Acts as well as associated subordinate legislation and makes amendments to three other Acts. The Biosecurity Regulation 2016 supports the Biosecurity Act 2014. The Biosecurity Regulation 2016 contains a range of provisions that provide technical

Draft Queensland Biosecurity Strategy
The draft Queensland Biosecurity Strategy: Our Next Five Years (2017 – 2022) (the draft Strategy) implements the recommendation of the independent Queensland Biosecurity Capability Review. The Review found that biosecurity risks are increasing and that transformational change is required. The draft Strategy was co-created by the Queensland Government and non-government organisations, including dr

Biosecurity (White Spot Syndrome Virus) Amendment Regulation 2017
White Spot Syndrome Virus (WSSV) is the cause of White Spot Disease in crustaceans. WSSV was detected in farmed prawns in the Alberton/Woongoolba region in late 2016. During March 2017, commercial harvested samples of greasy prawns, brown tiger prawns and banana prawns from the northern Moreton Bay were confirmed positive to WSSV by the Australian Animal Health Laboratory. Movement Control Orders

Queensland Biosecurity Strategy 2018-2023 and Government Response to Agriculture and Environment Committee Report No 42
Queensland is the front-line state for dealing with biosecurity threats because of the suitability of its climate and geography for the establishment and spread of many pests and diseases and its proximity to northern neighbours and extensive coastline. Queensland’s biosecurity system faces challenges that are increasing in intensity and complexity as a result of the increase in global trade and m

Agriculture and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019
The Agriculture and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 (Bill) proposes a number of amendments to portfolio and other legislation. The principal Acts proposed to be amended by the Bill are: Animal Care and Protection Act 2001; Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008; Biosecurity Act 2014; Chemical Usage (Agricultural and Veterinary) Control Act 1988; Drugs Misuse Act 1986, Part 5B; Environmen

Identification and traceability of livestock
Queensland faces imminent, significant, and increasing biosecurity threats, including the detection of foot and mouth disease (FMD) and lumpy skin disease (LSD) in Indonesia. The estimated national economic cost of a large FMD outbreak is $80 billion over 10 years. Goats, sheep, pigs and cattle are carriers of FMD and the disease can be transferred between them. A livestock identification system t