Departmental media releases

Departmental media releases

  • Keeping varroa mite out of Queensland

    A new Movement Control Order means there will be no movement of bees or bee hives into Queensland from anywhere in Australia without a permit.


  • Cod closures coming up

    Fishers are reminded of upcoming closures


  • Shark nets returned to SEQ beaches

    Shark control program equipment has been been returned to South East Queensland beaches after being temporarily removed due to last week’s rough weather.


  • Rough weather forces removal of SEQ shark program equipment

    Shark control program equipment has been removed from South East Queensland beaches due to forecast rough weather.


  • Updated Movement Control Order for varroa mite and its carriers

    To allow low-risk honey products and equipment into Queensland while stopping varroa mite from entering, we have modified our Movement Control Order.


  • Hendra virus detected in Mackay horse

    Biosecurity Queensland is managing Queensland’s first case of Hendra virus since 2017 after receiving a positive test result from a horse in the Mackay area on 8 July 2022.


  • Look out for dog disease after the rain
    • Keep an eye on your dog after the wet weather for any signs of the tick-borne disease ehrlichiosis.
    • A number of dogs have been infected by ticks across much of northern Australia, including Queensland.
    • Keep your dog out of ticky areas, such as the bush, and for more information on what to look for visit and search for ‘ehrlichiosis.


  • Shark control nets restored after rough weather

    Shark Control Program nets has now been returned to Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast beaches following last week’s rough weather.


  • Rough weather forces removal of shark program equipment

    Forecast bad weather has forced the temporary removal of Shark Control Program nets from Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast beaches.


  • What lies beneath: understand your soil through testing insights
    • DAF is offering free soil testing and support to Central and Southern Queensland grain growers who want to better understand and manage their soils.
    • Declining soil health is holding back the sustainability, productivity and profitability of Australian farms.
    • This program will help improve decisions and future farm performance.


  • Shark nets returned to Gold Coast beaches

    All sharks nets have been returned to the Gold Coast’s beaches after being temporarily removed due to last week’s rough weather.


  • New app gets on top of dieback
    • A new app will allow graziers to upload details of pasture dieback directly from the paddock
    • Accurate identification is difficult due to similarities with other conditions
    • Research suggests pasture mealybug is a primary factor but other pathogenic organisms and environmental conditions are likely to be involved
    • Using the Pasture Dieback Survey app will help researchers identify pasture dieback and confirm whether it’s spreading, reducing or static.


  • Rough weather forces removal of Gold Coast Shark program equipment

    Shark control program equipment has been temporarily removed from Gold Coast beaches due to this week’s weather event.


  • Barramundi benefit from ‘gap year’ in fresh water

    More than a third of adult barramundi spend their ‘teenage’ years in fresh water, researchers have found.

    And, like any gap year, this appears to assist their personal growth—barramundi that spend time in fresh water as juveniles grow faster and larger than those that spend their whole lives in salt water.

    Researchers analysed otoliths—fish ear bones which grow rings every year (much like trees)—to learn where barramundi had lived at different stages of their lives.


  • Rough weather forces removal of SEQ shark program equipment

    Shark control program equipment is being removed from South East Queensland beaches due to forecast rough weather.


  • Shark control equipment restored after cyclone event

    Shark control equipment is now back in place at South East Queensland beaches following a cyclonic weather event.


  • Black jewfish season opens

    Queensland’s East coast black jewfish fisheries will reopen, and the Gulf of Carpentaria’s catch limit for black jewfish will reset, on 1 January 2022 to commercial and recreational fishers.


  • Protect your pooch from ticks
    • Now is the time to protect your dog against ticks which are more prevalent during the wet season.
    • The brown dog tick can transmit a deadly bacteria which causes the disease ehrlichiosis.
    • Keep your dog away from tick infested areas as much as possible and inspect them regularly for any ticks.


  • First seasonal workers for St George

    In a first for remote regional areas of Queensland, on-farm quarantine arrangements at St George have been approved for 34 seasonal workers from Tonga.


  • Scientific review informs industry of a way forward in the management of Panama TR4

    An independently commissioned review into Panama disease tropical race 4 (Panama TR4) in Far North Queensland has provided a list of research priorities to help guide industry to manage the disease in the long term.


  • New management arrangements for Queensland saucer scallop fishery
    • Queensland’s trawl fishers will no longer be able to retain saucer scallops when fishing in waters in the central and southern part of the coast.
    • This is because of ongoing decline in stocks.
    • The 2021 stock assessment for saucer scallops in Queensland estimates a spawning biomass of 12 per cent of the unfished biomass in 2020 - a decrease from the 2019 estimate of 17 per cent.
    • If we don’t take strong action now, there will be no scallop fishery into the future.


  • Fisheries reforms coming into effect

    A range of reforms to Queensland fisheries will soon take effect, which will clarify commercial fishing rules and reporting requirements for fishers while making the fisheries and the industry more sustainable.


  • Flick the tick, help stop ehrlichiosis

    Dog owners and veterinarians are being urged to be dog’s best friend by remaining vigilant to stop the spread of the tick-borne disease, ehrlichiosis.