10-year eradication plan

The National Red Imported Fire Ant Eradication Program (the program) has $411.4 million to spend over 10 years to find, contain and destroy fire ants in South East Queensland.

The program is a nationally cost-shared eradication program delivered by Biosecurity Queensland on behalf of the Australian Government and all state and territory governments.

An independently-chaired Steering Committee has been established to provide clear guidance and support and ensure program transparency and accountability. The committee, made up of representatives from all jurisdictions, monitors program progress against targets and milestones to ensure long-term eradication success.

The eradication strategy over the 10 years is to reduce the size of the infestation in a staged, rolling planned treatment program starting from the west and progressively moving to the east.

The 10 year eradication plan (PDF, 2.2MB) and 10 year eradication plan - appendices (PDF, 1.6MB) incorporate the key recommendations of the 2015–16 independent review of the program, and includes key themes and strategies:

  • a significant increase in eradication activities
  • extended operational area
  • staged, progressive rolling strategy
  • risk-based eradication planning approach through scientific analysis and modelling of infestation spread
  • coordinated and focused eradication activity in infested areas
  • staged clearing of suburbs to reduce the operational area throughout the life of the program and confirmation of area freedom from fire ant following completion of the plan
  • collaboration with multiple industries and wider community.

The map of proposed priority areas under the 10-year fire ant eradication plan provides a visual representation of the progressive rolling strategy implemented under this plan. The operational area has been divided into 4 indicative priority areas for focused eradication activity over the 4 successive stages of the life of the 10-year plan.

After three years of intensive treatment in Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and parts of Ipswich (Area 1), fire ant eradication is now moving east into parts of greater Ipswich and western Logan Area 2). Planned surveillance, suppression treatment and responsive treatment will continue in Areas 3 and 4 until those areas undergo intensive treatment respectively.

For further information on the 10-year National Red Imported Fire Ant Eradication Program, please call 13 25 23.



Scientific publications

Scientific papers on fire ant research are accessible from the eResearch Archive (eRA).

eRA is a digital store of scientific publications authored by the National Red Imported Fire Ant Eradication Program and Queensland’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries staff.

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For older publications, please call 13 25 23.