Invasive species, which include animals, plants and diseases, have significant economic, environmental and social impacts. They place considerable pressure on native wildlife and, in some instances, have contributed to the decline or extinction of native species.

The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries estimates that each year feral pigs reduce grain production by $12 million and wild dogs cost $33 million in livestock loses, disease spread and control. It also estimates that weeds cost the state $600 million each year and have significant impact on primary industries, natural ecosystems, and human and animal health.

The Biosecurity Act 2014 protects Queensland’s economy and biodiversity from the threat posed by invasive species. Under the Act invasive species are subject to a range of control actions to prevent their spread and to eradicate them.

The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Biosecurity Queensland, is responsible for the management of invasive species. Since 2015, the Queensland Government has allocated $19.7 million to the Queensland Feral Pest Initiative to control invasive species in Queensland. The state funding has been used for a range of projects including cluster fencing, baiting and trapping programs, weed management and eradication programs.

Audit Objective

This audit will assess how effectively the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries is managing invasive species.

Who we might audit
  • Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
  • Department of Environment and Science
  • Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy
  • Local councils.
Parliamentary Committee
State Development, Natural Resources and Agricultural Industry Development Committee
Audit status
Anticipated tabling: to be advised