Alerts provide important information about current key issues in Queensland’s biosecurity.
5 May 2021
Look out for signs of lumpy skin disease in cattle
Lumpy skin disease is a highly infectious skin disease of cattle and water buffalo that causes painful body lesions and impacts animal production. The disease is caused by a poxvirus. It does not infect people.
9 April 2021
Xylella host plants intercepted at border
Anyone importing plants and plant products is urged to consider the risk of introducing exotic pests and diseases, with the Australian Government reporting two overseas packages recently intercepted containing live plants that are potential hosts of Xylella fastidiosa.
6 April 2021
Have your say about animal welfare
You can now have your say about proposed changes to animal welfare laws in Queensland.
We’re seeking your feedback to ensure our laws meet evolving community expectations and modern animal welfare practices.
11 March 2021
Avian influenza restrictions lifted in Victoria
Restrictions for avian influenza in Victoria have been lifted and Australia has regained freedom from highly pathogenic avian influenza.
19 February 2021
Canine ehrlichiosis: Advice for dog owners
A small number of dogs brought into Queensland from the Northern Territory have tested positive for Ehrlichia canis.
4 September 2020
African horse sickness in Malaysia
African horse sickness has been confirmed in Malaysia. This follows earlier confirmation of the disease in Thailand. It has not been reported in Australia.
4 September 2020
Six farms detected with avian influenza in Victoria
Biosecurity Queensland is urging poultry owners to have good biosecurity measures in place after six farms have been detected with avian influenza (AI) in Victoria since the initial outbreak on 31 July 2020.
18 August 2020
Be on the alert for the khapra beetle
Biosecurity Queensland is urging the community to be on the lookout for the khapra beetle after the exotic pest species was recently detected in Australia.
4 August 2020
Information for stakeholders: new record-keeping and minimum training requirements for chemical use
From 19 June 2020, the requirement to make and keep records of chemical use and new minimum training requirements has been extended to all users of agricultural and veterinary (agvet) chemicals under amendments to the Chemical Usage (Agricultural and Veterinary) Control Regulation 2017.
3 August 2020
Using electric prodders on horses an act of cruelty
Electric prodders must not be used on horses in Queensland. Using an electric prodder on a horse is now considered an act of cruelty in Queensland.
1 August 2020
Avian influenza outbreak in Victoria—reminder to practice good biosecurity
Victoria is responding to an outbreak of avian influenza H7N7 in a commercial poultry flock.
6 July 2020
Ehrlichiosis confirmed in dogs in Western Australia and the Northern Territory
A serious dog disease called ehrlichiosis was recently found in dogs in north Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Dogs become infected when they’re bitten by an infected brown dog tick.
2 June 2020
Black scar oyster detected in Far North Queensland
The exotic tropical black scar oyster (Magallana bilineata), also known as Crassostrea bilineata, has been recently detected in three Far North Queensland locations—Cairns, Port Douglas and Cooktown. This species has not been previously detected in Australia.
28 May 2020
Mediterranean fruit fly outbreak area in South Australia
Recently, there have been a number of reported outbreaks of Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata) in South Australia, including in metropolitan Adelaide.
10 March 2020
Workshop focuses on ways to combat fall armyworm
'Be alert, not alarmed' was one of the key messages at an industry workshop in Brisbane discussing the potential impacts fall armyworm may have on Queensland agriculture.
2 March 2020
Fall armyworm on the march in Far North Queensland
More detections of the invasive moth pest fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) have been made in Far North Queensland.
28 February 2020
Government and industry united in tackling fall armyworm
The exotic pest fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) has been detected in Queensland, and the Queensland Government and agriculture industry will work together to combat the invasive pest.
25 February 2020
Suspect fall armyworm detection on second mainland site
Biosecurity Queensland is undertaking testing on a suspect detection of exotic pest fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) on a remote property in North West Queensland.
18 February 2020
Fall army worm detected in Bamaga
The invasive moth pest fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) has been found on Australia’s mainland for the first time.
7 February 2020
Fall army worm e-alert
13 January 2020
African swine fever: last days for survey
African swine fever - pig owner survey
3 December 2019
African swine fever: Queensland preparedness
The Queensland pig industry and Biosecurity Queensland are undertaking a number of activities to ensure we are well prepared to respond if there is an African swine fever outbreak in Queensland.
23 September 2019
African swine fever update September 2019
Biosecurity Queensland is encouraging pig owners to remain vigilant for African swine fever as the serious disease of pigs continues to spread through Eastern Europe, the Russian Federation and Asia.
6 August 2019
Varroa mites detected Townsville Aug 2019
Response activities are continuing following the detection of varroa mites on an Asian honey bee nest at the Port of Townsville in May 2019.
13 June 2019
Varroa mites detected again at Townsville Port
Varroa mites have been detected on an Asian honey bee nest that was recently found and destroyed at the Port of Townsville.
26 April 2019
Farm unauthorised entry alert
From today the Queensland Government has implemented a new regulation that will afford added biosecurity protection for producers against unauthorised access to their properties.
8 April 2019
Updates to the Queensland biosecurity manual
The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries has amended the Queensland biosecurity manual to include new risk minimisation requirements for Panama disease tropical race 4 (PTR4), and for entry of kaffir lime leaves into Queensland.