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 was available for the development of collaborative partnership across local government areas to facilitate improved regional pest management arrangements.

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 collaborative project development

  1. Regional Collaborative Framework
  2. Background to the Regional Collaborative Framework


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.

The success grant recipients are:


Project Name


North West Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils Inc. (NWQROC)

Jump start the Northwest Queensland Regional Biosecurity Plan coordination and implementation

Early Implementation

Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council

Enhancing Biosecurity Collaboration and Capability in the Southern Gulf and Western Cape York Region

Early Implementation

Far North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (FNQROC)

Wet Tropics Biosecurity Futures

Early Implementation

Torres Strait Island Regional Council

Sustainable Biosecurity Management

Early Implementation