Prevention and control program for high priority invasive plants & animals in the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula area

A prevention and control program for a range of invasive plants and animals that poses a biosecurity risk to the Torres Strait and Northern Cape York Peninsula area, has been authorised under the Biosecurity Act 2014.

Biosecurity matter

The biosecurity matter to which the program relates to:

  • cane toads (Rhinella marina)
  • electric ants (Wasmannia auropunctata)
  • yellow crazy ants (Anoplolepis gracilipes)
  • mikania vine (Mikania micrantha)
  • Siam weed (Chromolaena odorata)

Purpose and scope

The program’s purpose is to:

  1. prevent the entry, establishment or spread of electric ants, yellow crazy ants, mikania vine or Siam weed in the area outlined at Map 1 at Schedule 1 of the authorisation document and cane toads in the area outlined at Map 2 at Schedule 2 of the authorisation document
  2. manage, reduce or eradicate electric ants, yellow crazy ants, mikania vine or Siam weed in the area outlined in Map 1 at Schedule 1 of the authorisation document and cane toads in the area outlined in Map 2 at Schedule 2 of the authorisation document where the biosecurity matter could pose a significant biosecurity risk.

Commencement and duration

The biosecurity program will be in operation from 31 January 2021 to 31 January 2024.

Access to biosecurity program

Both the Prevention and control program for high priority invasive plants & animals in the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula area (PDF, 690.7KB) and a factsheet (PDF, 611.0KB) on the program are available for inspection at all Department of Agriculture and Fisheries offices.

A free copy can be provided on request by contacting our Customer Service Centre on 13 25 23.