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West Indian drywood termite consultation

Public consultation on the future management of West Indian drywood termite (WIDT) is now complete and a decision by the Queensland government has been reached.

Under the consultation, the views of stakeholders were sought on whether a financial contribution should be made by owners of infested properties to the cost of fumigation.

The feedback provided during the consultation process indicated that stakeholders did not support this proposal.

The government has listened to this feedback and decided to continue its current arrangements, covering the full cost of treating infested buildings and other items. Property owners will not be asked to contribute to fumigation treatment costs at this time.

A prevention and control program authorised under the Biosecurity Act 2014 (the Act) provides the legal framework for delivery of the fumigation control measures for WIDT.

The Act, which commenced on 1 July 2016, supersedes the previous legislation relating to management of WIDT activities.

It should be noted that compensation for loss or damage incurred as a result of a WIDT fumigation that was available under previous legislation is not provided under the new Act. This decision was made in 2014 and was not a subject of this consultation process on financial contribution to fumigation costs.

This also means that payments for additional expenses, such as accommodation costs for residential building occupants who need to relocate during the treatment process for WIDT, will no longer be provided.

WIDT is considered to be the world’s most destructive drywood termite and is a pest of the built environment, attacking timber-in-service including construction timber, furniture and occasionally timber composites (plywood and particle boards).

If you suspect a WIDT infestation please contact Biosecurity Queensland immediately on 13 25 23 or visit for more information.

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This consultation closed on 29 February 2016, 05.00pm.

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2 September 2016

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