Biosecurity alerts

Alerts provide important information about current key issues in Queensland’s biosecurity.


21 July 2022
Emergency animal disease: essential information

Livestock owners including those with cattle, buffalo, camels, sheep, goats, deer and pigs are encouraged to be prepared, vigilant and on the lookout for lumpy skin disease (LSD), foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) and African swine fever (ASF).

12 July 2022
Hendra virus detected in Mackay horse

A recent confirmed case of Hendra virus in central Queensland is a timely reminder of the importance of protecting your horse against this serious disease.

30 June 2022
Movement restrictions in place for bees and bee hives
A Movement Control Order is in place in Queensland restricting the movement of bees and bee hives from New South Wales into Queensland to keep Varroa destructor (varroa mite) out of the state.

13 June 2022
Tilapia not detected in Cooby Creek
Biosecurity Queensland has not found any evidence of the invasive pest fish species tilapia in Cooby Creek, downstream of Cooby Dam, north of Toowoomba.

7 June 2022
Banana freckle detected in the Northern Territory
Biosecurity Queensland is urging banana growers to remain vigilant after banana freckle was detected in the Northern Territory.

11 May 2022
Foot and Mouth Disease Indonesia
Livestock owners should take steps to prevent introducing or spreading Foot and Mouth Disease, be aware of the signs in animals and report suspect cases immediately.

16 March 2022
Japanese encephalitis—update for pig owners
What to do if you see signs of Japanese encephalitis in pigs.

8 March 2022
Japanese encephalitis—advice for horse owners
What to do if you see signs of Japanese encephalitis in horses or donkeys.

27 February 2022
Japanese encephalitis detected in pigs in southern Queensland
Biosecurity Queensland is working with the operators of a piggery in southern Queensland after confirming the detection of Japanese encephalitis.

3 February 2022
Global avian influenza situation — a reminder to practice good biosecurity
Poultry owners are being urged to enhance biosecurity measures after cases of avian influenza (AI) were reported in more than 40 countries over the last 6 months.

31 January 2022
Deadly dog disease confirmed in Queensland
The tick-borne dog disease ehrlichiosis has been confirmed in a Queensland dog.

12 November 2021
Biosecurity alert: Tick prevention a must to protect your dog
The wet season is approaching and with it comes increased numbers of ticks. Act now to protect your dog from canine ehrlichiosis.

14 October 2021
Mango shoot looper found in North Queensland
Mango shoot looper is an invasive pest from Asia has been detected in Mareeba, Mutchilba and Biboohra.

7 October 2021
Asian green mussel found in Cairns
A single, well established Asian green mussel has recently been found on a vessel in Cairns.

11 August 2021
Biosecurity alert: American serpentine leafminer detection
The exotic pest American serpentine leafminer (Liriomyza trifolii) has been detected in Torres Strait and in the Northern Peninsula Area of Cape York.

21 July 2021
Biosecurity alert: E. Canis and travelling with dog
Holidaying with your furry friend? Your dog may be the ideal travel companion, but before you hit the open road with your furry friend make sure you protect them from ticks.

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.

1 May 2020
Fall armyworm update
The exotic pest fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) has been detected in two new locations: Biloela and Mackay.

24 April 2020
Fall armyworm update
The exotic pest fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) has been detected at two new locations near Richmond and Clermont.

21 April 2020
Fall armyworm upate
The exotic pest fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) has been detected near Emerald in Queensland’s Central Highlands region.

6 April 2020
Fall armyworm update
fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) has been detected in the Bundaberg in North Queensland.

20 March 2020
Fall armyworm update
The exotic pest fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) has been detected in the Bowen in North Queensland.

16 March 2020
Fall armyworm update
The exotic pest fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) has been detected in the Burdekin in North Queensland.

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.