Pest animals

1. Overview

All residents have a General Biosecurity Obligation (GBO) under Queensland’s Biosecurity Act 2014. This means that you need to ensure that your activities do not spread a pest, disease or contaminant issue and that you:

  • take all reasonable and practical steps to prevent or minimise each biosecurity risk
  • minimise the likelihood of the risk causing a biosecurity event and limit the consequences of such an event
  • prevent or minimise the adverse effects the risk could have and refrain from doing anything that might make harmful effects worse.

2. Prohibited and restricted species

Prohibited species: is a disease, exotic fish, insect pest, pest animal or a weed that is not found in Queensland. If it was to enter Queensland it would seriously impact our health, way of life, the economy and the environment.

If you find prohibited species you must report it to Biosecurity Queensland within 24 hours.

Restricted species: can be a animal disease, noxious fish, insects, pest animal or weed that are found in Queensland. Specifications are required to be taken that limit the impact of this species by reducing, controlling or containing it.

3. Classified restricted species

Pest animals classified as restricted species commonly found in the Moreton Bay Region include:

Pest animal Category
Wild dog 3, 4, 6
European fox 3, 4, 5, 6
European rabbit 3, 4, 5, 6
Feral cat 3, 4, 5, 6
Feral pig 3, 4,6
Feral Rusa deer 3, 4, 6
Red-eared slider turtle 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Yellow crazy ant (tramp ant) 3
 Fire ant 1 - Prohibited 

Category 2 - Must be reported

Must be reported to an inspector or authorised person with 24 hours of you becoming aware of its presence. Contact Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23.

Category 3 - Must not distribute

This means that it must not be given as a gift, sold, traded or released into the environment unless the distribution or disposal is authorised under a permit.

Category 4 - Must not move

You must not move this restricted species to ensure that it is not spread to other areas.

Category 5 - Must not possess or keep

These pests have a high risk of negatively impacting on the environment. You may only keep this restricted species under a permit from Biosecurity Queensland.

Category 6 - Must not feed

Feeding this restricted species may cause their numbers to increase and negatively impact the economy or the environment. Feeding for the purpose of preparing for or undertaking a control program is exempt.

4. What Council is doing

Council recognises the impact pest animals have on residents and the environment and understands the complexity of pest animal control.

Full-time Pest Animal Management Officers work with residents throughout the region to reduce the impact of major pest species.

Council officers coordinate and implement management operations using best practice methods including the mapping of pest animal activity, monitoring the incidence of their impact and the removal of pest animals from the environment.

If you have an animal management matter that requires attention, contact Council.  

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