Weeds and pest animals
Weeds and pest animals cost Australian agriculture billions of dollars each year.
To protect primary industry, the natural environment and public safety we must control weeds and pest animals.
Weeds and pest animals:
- compete with crops, pasture, livestock and native flora and fauna
- contaminate crops and seeds
- carry and spread disease
- degrade our production resource
- reduce the value of the natural environment
- cause health problems.
The 2018 Report Card for established invasive species presents a ‘snapshot’ of the distribution and abundance of pest animals and weeds in South Australia. The report cards, and the data that underpins them, are used to support on-ground decision making at a local level, and inform policy making at a state level.
Regional Natural Resource Management boards, through the Department for Environment and Water, and Invasive Species Unit within the Department of Primary Industries and Regions(PIRSA) oversee programs to destroy or contain weeds and pest animals and to prevent new pests coming in to South Australia.
Due to their pest risk, certain animals and plants may be declared under the Natural Resources Management Act 2004 to regulate their movement, sale, notification and control.
- Pest animals in South Australia
- Alert pest animals
- Declared animal policies and regulations
- Using 1080 baits in South Australia
- Report an animal pest
National priority plant pests
Australia’s top 40 plant pests include a range of exotic invertebrates and pathogens that pose the most significant threat on a national scale. Go to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources to learn more about the National priority plant pests.
Early detection is important so the plant can be destroyed before it becomes a serious problem.
For state policy advice
Biosecurity SA - Invasive Species Unit:
- Phone: (08) 8429 0823
- Email: PIRSA.InvasiveSpecies@sa.gov.au
For regional control advice
- Landscape South Australia: Landscape boards
- National Pest Alert Hotline (Freecall): 1800 084 881