Animal pests in South Australia

Pest animals are introduced animals that have been deliberately or accidentally released.

Pest animals are a serious threat to South Australia’s primary industries, the natural environment and public safety. The annual cost of pest animals to Australia was estimated by the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre to be is $743.5 million in 2007-08.

Declared pests

All South Australian landholders have a legal responsibility to manage pest animals declared under the Natural Resources Management Act 2004.

Declared animals may have restrictions in place for:

  • keeping
  • moving
  • selling
  • releasing
  • controlling
  • destroying.

Established pest animals

It’s important that landholders know how to manage pest animals that occur on their land.

New pest animals - ‘Alert Pests’

Some declared animals are also alert pest animals because they are not yet established in South Australia and pose a serious threat.

Early detection is important so the animal can be destroyed before it becomes a problem.

Contacts

For state policy advice:

NRM Biosecurity:

For regional control advice:

Natural Resources:

National Pest Alert Hotline:

  • Freecall: 1800 084 881
Page Last Reviewed: 10 Aug 2015
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