Have your say on feral deer strategy

Published Thursday, 02 June, 2022 at 02:39 PM

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities
The Honourable Mark Furner

Queenslanders are being encouraged to have their say on a new strategy for dealing with the impacts of feral deer.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner said feral deer numbers were growing and posing an increasing threat to biodiversity, agriculture and public safety.

“Under the new strategy we aim to make feral deer management more effective through partnerships and planning,” Mr Furner said.

“Because they’re so mobile, deer graze across large areas and control efforts are most effective when conducted cooperatively with other land managers and local groups.

“It’s also very important to prevent any releases or escapes by domesticated deer, or relocation of feral deer.

“The draft strategy sets out the goals and objectives for stakeholders to help them better understand their responsibilities.

“It also provides guidance for local government biosecurity planning and encourages a coordinated approach to managing feral deer.

“We know that different stakeholders have different viewpoints, so we’re seeking as much feedback as possible through public consultation to further refine the strategy.”

Feral deer are restricted invasive animals under the Biosecurity Act 2014. Part of the strategy review is to update it to reflect the current legislation.

You can have your say at daf.engagementhub.com.au or  

Consultation is open until 30 June 2022.



  • Feral deer were introduced into Australia in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries from Europe and Asia.
  • Four species – fallow, red, chital and rusa – are established in Queensland.
  • They are found in the Brisbane River Valley (red), Granite Belt (fallow), Torres Strait Islands (rusa), and north of Charters Towers (chital) as well as many other parts of Queensland.
  • Their geographic range is increasing.
  • Several South East Queensland Local Governments conduct feral deer control.
  • As well as motor vehicle accidents, feral deer impacts include competing with livestock for pasture; damaging crops, pastures, and forestry plantations; damaging natural and protected areas, restoration works, landscaping, gardens and parks; causing erosion and spreading weeds.
  • Development of the new draft strategy draws on relevant research and literature, an external review of the previous strategy, other state and national strategies, and internal consultation with key staff.