Pest animals

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 effects.  

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 2014. 

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 environment.

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 containing it.

Pest animals classified as Restricted Matter commonly found in the Moreton Bay region include:

Pest animal classifications
Pest animal Previous class  Category
Wild dog 2 3,4,6
European fox 2 3,4,5,6
European rabbit 2 3,4,5,6
Feral pig 2 3,4,6
Feral Rusa deer 2 3,4,6
Red-eared slider turtle 1 2,3,4,5,6
Yellow crazy ant 1 Restricted tramp ant
Fire ant 1 1 - prohibited

Category 2 - must be reported 

This matter 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

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 matter 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 matter under a permit from Biosecurity Queensland. 

Category 6 - must not feed

Feeding this 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 exempted.

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 control.

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 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.


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