Domestic pig permits
The Kangaroo Island Landscape Board will be implementing a domestic pig permit system to improve the management of pigs on KI and reduce the risk of domestic pigs becoming feral.
Why is the permit system needed?
Feral pigs are a significant pest on KI. Prior to the 2019-20 bushfires, feral pigs cost landholders nearly $1 million a year in damages, with significant damage to primary production, water courses, threatened species and the environment.
Following the 2019-20 bushfires, eradication efforts have removed more than 860 feral pigs from KI. It is estimated that fewer than 50 feral pigs remain on KI, with eradication anticipated by June 2023.
To support eradication efforts and protect KI’s significant agricultural industry and natural environment, the KI Landscape Board recently introduced legislative changes to strengthen the management of pigs on KI.
What does the legislation require?
Under the Landscape South Australia Act 2019, all pigs are now listed as declared pest animals on KI:
- Feral pigs are declared for destruction, meaning that landowners must destroy any feral pigs on their land. Feral pigs cannot be brought to KI, released on KI, possessed, moved within KI, or sold. A person who fails to comply with these requirements can be fined up to $125,000 or imprisoned for two years.
- Domestic pigs can still be kept on KI, but all pig owners are now required to have a declared animal permit approved and issued by the KI Landscape Board. Permits must be in place before pigs are brought to KI, moved, or sold on KI. Pig owners possessing or bringing pigs to KI without first having a valid declared animal permit can be fined up to $12,500.
What are the permit requirements?
The permit system is similar to that currently required for keeping goats on KI.
- Pig owners must have a current Property Identification Code (PIC) registration that includes pigs. If you do not currently have a PIC, or pigs aren’t included on your registration, you can apply for or amend your PIC through the PIRSA website.
- Pigs must wear a form of identification, such as an ear tag, that can be clearly seen from a distance of 100 m.
- Pigs must be securely confined in an enclosure constructed in accordance with the minimum fencing standard, as detailed in Appendix 1 of the declared animal policy for pigs. Existing pig enclosures that were in use prior to the introduction of this policy, may be subject to slightly different fencing requirements, as detailed in the grandfather provisions in Appendix 2 of the declared animal policy for pigs.
- An on-site property risk assessment undertaken by an Authorised Officer must deem the property, where the pigs are to be kept, to be at low or moderate risk of escape. Permits will not be issued for properties deemed to be high risk.
See here for a detailed list of the minimum permit requirements.
When do I need to get a permit?
All pig owners will be required to have a valid declared animal permit issued by the KI Landscape Board before 1 March 2023.
How do I get a permit?
The permit application form can be found in the declared animal policy for pigs. The form can either be delivered to the KI Landscape Board offices at 35 Dauncey St, Kingscote, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Once we receive your application, an Authorised Officer will be in contact to arrange a time to inspect your property, including the fencing where your pig(s) are kept. If your property is deemed to present a low or moderate risk of escape, a permit will be issued. Some permits may be issued subject to conditions.
How much does a permit cost?
There is no cost for a declared animal permit on KI.
However, under the Livestock Act 1997 all South Australian properties where one or more pigs are kept are required to have a Property Identification Code (PIC) number that lists pigs on the registration. If you don’t currently have a PIC, or don’t currently list pigs on your PIC registration, please see the PIRSA website for more details. The current PIC registration fee is $95 every 2 years.
If you have any questions about the new pig permit system on KI, please contact the Invasive Species Unit at the KI Landscape Board.
Phone: (08) 8553 2476
Address: 35 Dauncey St, Kingscote SA 5223
Image above courtesy: Kangaroo Island Industry Brand Alliance
Invasive Species Unit
35 Dauncey St, Kingscote SA 5223
+61 08 8553 2476