Enhancing Local Government Biosecurity Capacity in Far North Queensland

The Queensland Government supports initiatives to embed effective, long-lasting regional biosecurity collaborative partnerships with local governments that significantly boost pest and invasive plant management capability across Queensland.

This initiative follows up on the successful outcomes from the Better Partnerships pilot project with the focus on enhancing Far North Queensland regional collaboration. This grant is available for the development of collaborative partnership across local government areas and may include the employment of a local coordinator to facilitate improved regional pest management arrangements.


To protect thriving agriculture in Far North Queensland, the Queensland Government is providing grants to boost the capability of local government and regional communities to manage invasive plants and invasive animals. The grant is for the development of regional collaboration of invasive plant and animal biosecurity planning.

This grant is only open to the following local government areas:

  • Aurukun Shire Council
  • Burke Shire Council
  • Cairns Regional Council
  • Carpentaria Shire Council
  • Cassowary Coast Regional Council
  • Cook Shire Council
  • Croydon Shire Council
  • Doomadgee Aboriginal Shire Council
  • Douglas Shire Council
  • Etheridge Shire Council
  • Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire Council
  • Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council
  • Lockhart River Aboriginal Shire Council
  • Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council
  • Mareeba Shire Council
  • Mornington Shire Council
  • Napranum Aboriginal Shire Council
  • Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council
  • Pormpuraaw Aboriginal Shire Council
  • Tablelands Regional Council
  • Torres Shire Council
  • Torres Strait Island Regional Council
  • Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council
  • Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council

The following eligible organisations may apply for grant funding:

  • Local governments or
  • A regional organisation of local governments or equivalent body.

Individual local governments should contact neighbouring local government to discuss inclusion in a regional collaboration.

About the regional collaborative framework

The Queensland Government supports a collaborative, integrated and coordinated governance approach to addressing Biosecurity risks. This framework was developed to guide Local Governments towards a regional collaboration approach to enhance their own biosecurity capacity.

The Framework highlights key principles for regional collaboration and best practice management for a network of biosecurity proponents and stakeholders to consider. It can be a useful component to guide stakeholders on regional biosecurity efforts and suggests how a regional collaboration will structure their governance, planning and coordination.

Local governments can develop and implement a regional collaboration approach that focuses on addressing biosecurity risks in a way that incorporates the broader community and relevant stakeholders.

They will need to invest in or nominate a regional coordinator who has an important function to organise the network of stakeholders in line with the framework’s principles.

There are two key documents to download to support project development

  1. Regional collaborative framework
  2. Background information to support the Framework

How to apply

Ensure you are from an eligible organisation representing eligible local government areas

  1. Download the regional collaborative framework (PDF, 976.7KB) and supporting background document. (PDF, 977.0KB)
  2. Download the application guideline (PDF, 276.7KB) and application form (DOCX, 58.7KB) with Attachment A (XLSX, 15.9KB)
  3. Submit your application and supporting documents for this grant to betterpartnerships@daf.qld.gov.au

Applications close 12 May 2022.

If you require more assistance with completing your submission contact betterpartnerships@daf.qld.gov.au