Protecting Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island: too good to spoil

Kangaroo Island’s (KI) remoteness and isolation has created a special environment, free from many of the pests and diseases found on mainland Australia. The arrival of new pests and diseases has the potential to devastate our local environment and our agricultural industries. We need your help to protect the unique environment of Kangaroo Island.

Please don’t bring to Kangaroo Island

  • Bees, bee handling equipment and honey products
    These items can spread disease threatening a significant KI industry. Help keep KI bees disease free.
  • Potatoes for consumption or planting
    Unwashed or dirty potatoes may carry disease which could devastate the island’s seed potato industry. Please leave them behind.
    Note: washed or brushed potatoes in new packaging are permitted for consumption only.
  • Foxes, rabbits and declared weeds
    The introduction of these pests would create an environmental disaster.


A registration system is currently in place with stringent conditions for domestic cat ownership. Eradicating feral cats from Kangaroo Island is a 15 year project.  Natural Resources KI and the Kangaroo Island Council aim to eradicate feral cats by 2030 in conjunction with a gradual and systematic phasing out of all domestic cats.  To find out more please visit the feral cat eradication project webpage.

Feral deer and goats can cause damage to both native and commercial vegetation, cause hazards on roads, and potentially carry diseases. Deer and goats can only be kept on KI with a permit from Natural Resources KI.

Ferrets can not be kept on kangaroo Island unless you have a permit from Natural Resources KI.

Other things you can do to help

  • Residual plant material may be on your vehicle, camping equipment and hiking boots. It can also contain harmful dieback organisms like Phytophthora. Make sure they are free of soil before coming to KI.
  • Marine pests are a major threat to marine environments. Please clean your boat and equipment carefully before leaving for the island.
  • Vine cuttings from interstate must be inspected and certified. Help keep our vineyards disease free.
  • Farm biosecurity is designed to protect a property from the entry and spread of pests and diseases. Farm biosecurity is not only the responsibility of farmers but of every person visiting or working on the property. Act on these six steps to protect your property.

Our strategic approach

Natural Resources KI takes a strategic approach to keeping KI safe from pests and diseases, and to get rid of and control those already here. The support of our community, industries and visitors to the island is essential to the success of this strategy.

The strategy:

  • identifies the risks posed by potential pests plant, animals and diseases
  • identifies unwanted species
  • develops and implements response plans for priority pests
  • implements a quarantine policy
  • coordinates monitoring and surveillance activities
  • assists the community to identify, respond effectively and control pests
  • assists communication to minimise the risk of tourism and primary industry contributing to the arrival of new pests and diseases.

We are in the process of reviewing the Biosecurity Strategy for Kangaroo Island and we are seeking input into it. You can contribute to the discussion by telling us:

  • what you see as the highest biosecurity risks to KI
  • what role the community can play in protecting KI
  • what you need to assist in protecting KI.

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