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Red imported fire ants (Solenopsis invicta)

Information about fire ants and stopping their spread in NSW

NSW Biosecurity (Fire Ant) Emergency Order (No 2) 2024

Restrictions apply on the movement of fire ant carrier material:

  • into NSW from the fire ant infested area of Queensland
  • from the Fire Ant Movement Control Area in South Murwillumbah and Wardell
  • Changes to turf movement requirements


Anyone bringing organic mulch, compost, growing media, manure, soil, hay, straw, chaff, silage, potted plants, turf, agricultural equipment, earth moving equipment, sand, gravel, chitters, coal fines, coal stone, overburden and decomposed granite into NSW from Queensland must comply with the current NSW Biosecurity (Fire Ant) Emergency Order.

The plain English guide to the current NSW DPI fire ant emergency order (PDF, 382.42 KB) is also available.


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