On the 1 July 2016, the Biosecurity Act 2014 replaced the Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002 for the legislative management of pest species in Queensland.
More information can be found on the Biosecurity Act on the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website.
All residents now have a general biosecurity obligation, which
means that you need to ensure that your activities do not spread a
pest, disease or contaminant and ensure:
- 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; and
- Prevent or minimise the adverse effects the risk could have and
refrain from doing anything that might exacerbate the adverse
Invasive animals - prohibited and restricted matter
under the Act
Prohibited matter and restricted matter classifications have
replaced the declared pest classes under the Biosecurity Act
Prohibited Matter - 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
If you find prohibited matter you must report it to Biosecurity
Queensland within 24 hours
Restricted Matter - can be a animal
disease noxious fish, insects, pest animal or weed that are found
in Queensland. Specific actions are required to be taken that
limit the impact of this matter by reducing, controlling or
Pest animals classified as Restricted Matter commonly found in
the Moreton Bay region include:
Pest animal classifications
|Feral Rusa deer
|Red-eared slider turtle
|Yellow crazy ant
||Restricted tramp ant
||1 - prohibited
Category 2 - must be reported
must be reported to an inspector or authorised person within 24
hours of you becoming aware of its presence. You can contact
Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23
Category 3 - must not distribute
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 matter to ensure that it is not spread to
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 matter under a
permit from Biosecurity Queensland.
Category 6 - must not feed
restricted matter 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
Non-Declared Pest Animals
Including cane toads (environment webpage), Indian myna birds (environment’s webpage), and more information can be found on the Queensland Government - Business and industry portal.
These animals have not been declared for a number of reasons such as they are already widespread and/or there are no effective control measures available for control.
While there is no legal requirement for control of these pests,
everyone now has a general biosecurity obligation to take
reasonable and practical steps to minimise the risks associated
with invasive animals under their control.
What Council is doing
Council recognises the impact pest animals have on residents and
the environment and fully understand the complexity of pest animal
To assist those responsible in fulfilling their legislative
obligations and reduce the impact of animal pests throughout the
region, Moreton Bay Regional Council maintains a cooperative
approach to pest management.
Full time Pest Animal Management Officers work in cooperation
with residents throughout the region to reduce the impact of major
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.