Biosecurity news

Biosecurity Queensland's newsletter covers animal health, plant health, weeds and pest animals, changes in legislation, upcoming events and news stories.

March 2023

  • Be on the lookout for guava root-knot nematode
  • How you can minimise spray drift
  • Helping to protect Australian citrus

February 2023

  • Sweet news for beekeepers
  • Protecting our rainforests from invasive tropical weeds
  • New biocontrol agent for prickly acacia

January 2023

  • New leaders to take up roles with Biosecurity Queensland
  • New control agent for bellyache bush 
  • Last chance to have your say on the future of brands and earmarks 

December 2022

  • Deadly dog disease warning
  • International exchange provides insights into Panama TR4
  • Have your say on how brands and earmarks are managed in the future

November 2022

  • Consultation open: Have your say on how brands and earmarks are managed in the future
  • Guava root-knot nematode detected in the Northern Territory
  • Movement Control Order for polyphagous shot-hole borer

October 2022

  • A hitchhikers guide to exotic pest and disease prevention
  • New African swine fever eLearning course   
  • Do you know the biosecurity rules in your area? 

September 2022

  • Expanding emergency animal diseases resources
  • New permits to minimise risk of varroa mite
  • New fire ant biosecurity zones now in place

August 2022

  • $22 million boost to Queensland's biosecurity preparedness

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

  • Dog owners warned on canine ehrlichiosis 

July 2022

  • Updated movement restrictions for varroa mite and its carriers
  • Are your horses vaccinated against Hendra virus? 
  • Emergency animal disease preparedness eHub goes live 

June 2022

  • Have your say on the future of feral deer management in Queensland
  • Banana freckle detected in the Northern Territory 
  • Look out for signs of serious dog disease

May 2022

  • Foot-and-mouth disease in Indonesia
  • Protect your horse from Japanese encephalitis
  • Is your cattle registration up-to-date?

April 2022

  • Grants available to help Aussie farmers manage pests and diseases
  • Check your bait these holidays
  • Protect your pigs from Japanese encephalitis

March 2022

  • Japanese encephalitis found in Queensland
  • Bringing animals home after a natural disaster
  • Look out for fire ants

February 2022

  • Serious new dog disease in Queensland
  • Brown marmorated stink bug border detection
  • Global avian influenza situation

January 2022

  • Prevent heatstroke in your animals
  • Distinctive collar for regulated dogs
  • Farm biosecurity planning to protect your property

December 2021

  • Prepare now for natural disasters
  • Technical Highlights 2020-21 publication released
  • Report exotic pantry pests this summer

November 2021

  • New team in global fight against Panama TR4
  • Have your say on the National Biosecurity Strategy
  • New locust management guide published

October 2021

  • Mango shoot looper found in North Queensland
  • Don’t let them mussel in!
  • Support responsible dog breeding

September 2021

  • Townsville officially free of varroa mite
  • Horse owners: are you registered?
  • Taking on biosecurity challenges through the Queensland Biosecurity Partner’s Forum

August 2021

  • Farm Check-In now available
  • Signage on farm gates
  • Properties with biosecurity management plans

July 2021

  • Give ticks the flick to protect your dog
  • New animal welfare requirements for livestock
  • Fee introduction for apiary health certificates

June 2021

  • Cattle tick requirements for moving livestock
  • Be on the lookout for mikania vine
  • Fire ant biosecurity zones have changed

May 2021

  • Look out for signs of lumpy skin disease
  • Don't be so koi - keeping koi carp in ornamental ponds in Queensland is illegal
  • Bee biosecurity talk: Nosema Masterclass

April 2021

  • African olive found in Toowoomba
  • More funding for feral pest control
  • Review of the Animal Care and Protection Act

March 2021

  • Managing bees around farms
  • Invasive tree detected on the Gold Coast 
  • Are you registered as a biosecurity entity?

February 2021

  • Chomping on Cha-om? 
  • Rain brings fire ants
  • The wicked witch of... Mackay

January 2021

  • Deadly dog disease warning
  • International exchange provides insights into Panama TR4
  • Have your say on how brands and earmarks are managed in the future

January 2021

  • Mission Biosecurity is live!
  • Cheering for chooks
  • Future of biosecurity – tackling invasive pests and insects

December 2020

  • Are you prepared for natural disasters?
  • African Swine Fever: People food is not pig food
  • Give a native – not an invasive!

November 2020

  • Look out for signs of screw-worm fly
  • African horse sickness
  • Unwelcome ‘friends’ in your pantry?

October 2020

  • Have you heard of varroa mite?
  • Going horse riding or attending a show or competition?
  • Invasive turtles: Red-eared slider turtles

September 2020

In this issue:

  • Six farms detected with avian influenza in Victoria
  • Watch for Russian wheat aphids
  • Biosecurity entity registration reminder

August 2020

In this issue:

  • Avian influenza outbreak in Victoria
  • White colonial sea squirt detected
  • Use of electric prodders on horses an act of cruelty

July 2020

In this issue:

  • Ehrlichiosis confirmed in dogs in Western Australia and the Northern Territory
  • Keeping your horses healthy
  • Local biosecurity warrior reports suspect plant pest

June 2020

In this issue:

  • New fire ant biosecurity zones
  • Black scar oyster detections
  • Varroa mites in Townsville

May 2020

In this issue:

  • Red banded mango caterpillar
  • Hendra vaccination time
  • Do you need livestock biosecurity advice?

March 2020

In this issue:

  • Fall armyworm detected in North Queensland
  • New case of Panama disease tropical race 4 confirmed
  • Drought planning and recovery: free public forums