Biosecurity planning to protect your property

If an unauthorised person enters your property, call the police on 000 if it is an emergency or PoliceLink on 131 444 if there is no immediate threat.

Nobody should ever enter anyone else’s property unless they have been given permission, are authorised under legislation or a contract, or have a valid reason. A valid reason includes emergency services for emergency situations and essential service organisations to maintain safe and reliable services. Unauthorised entry at places where animals are kept can pose biosecurity risks. This includes the spread of diseases from infected people to animals and the spread of diseases and pests carried on people (e.g. clothing, footwear), vehicles or equipment moving onto a property.

An amendment to Queensland biosecurity regulation came into effect on 26 April 2019 to address potential biosecurity risks of unauthorised entry to places where animals are kept.

Under the amendment, anybody that enters your property must comply with your biosecurity management plan when they enter or leave and while they are on your property.

To support the security of your property under this regulation, primary producers are encouraged to:

  • ensure you are registered as a biosecurity entity with Biosecurity Queensland
  • have an up-to-date biosecurity management plan in place for your property that aligns to the biosecurity regulation:
    • If you already have a biosecurity plan in place, a checklist is available to support you in upgrading this plan to ensure it aligns to the legislation.
    • If you don’t have a plan in place, a template for developing a biosecurity management plan which aligns to the regulation is available from Animal Health Australia
  • place a sign at the front gate and other access points that:
    • advises a biosecurity management plan is in place
    • tells visitors how they can contact you during business hours
  • keep all doors, gates and other entry points locked when staff are not present
  • keep records of audits, staff training and biosecurity procedures up-to-date and at hand
  • consider installing security measures such as CCTV video surveillance
  • carefully consider applicants and terms of employment before hiring new staff.

Biosecurity management plan property signs

If you have a biosecurity management plan for your property, we recommended that you erect signs near or at entrances to management areas on your property to alert visitors of their biosecurity obligations. For example, visitors may need to follow rules about the use of wash down stations for footwear and vehicles, or stay away from some areas.

It is an offence for someone entering, being present on, or leaving a management area on your property to not to comply with the biosecurity management plan for your property.

Download an approved sign. If you prefer, you may make your own sign. Suggested dimensions of the sign are 900mm x 600mm.

For more information call us on 13 25 23.