Animal pests in South Australia

Introduced animals are not native to Australia.

Pest animals are introduced animals that have been deliberately or accidentally released and 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 $743.5 million in 2007-08.

No introduced animal can be released into the wild in South Australia.

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.

List of alert pest animals

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

Report an alert pest animal


For state policy advice

Biosecurity SA - Invasive Species Unit:

For regional control advice

  • Landscape South Australia: Landscape boards
  • National Pest Alert Hotline (Freecall): 1800 084 881
Page Last Reviewed: 30 Jun 2020
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