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.

Feral pigs and deer consultations

Anyone with an interest in or impacted by the management of feral deer or feral pigs in South Australia is invited to comment on two draft declared animal policies. This includes landowners, hunters, deer farmers and the public.

Your feedback will be taken into consideration by PIRSA, NRM boards and the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation, in finalising the declared animal policy on feral deer and feral pigs.

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.


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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