Protecting 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.  The Kangaroo Island Landscape Board 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 the Landscape Board.

Ferrets can not be kept on kangaroo Island unless you have a permit from the Landscape Board

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.
  • Report sightings of European Wasps - here is a hand guide on identifying them

Our strategic approach

Kangaroo Island Landscape Board 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 Kangaroo Island Biosecurity Strategy 2017-2027 is based on the following objectives:

  1. Systems are in place for the early detection of biosecurity threats to Kangaroo Island.
  2. A strategic, targeted risk-based response prioritises current and emerging biosecurity threats
  3. Biosecurity requirements, roles and responsibilities are clearly defined for all agencies, industries and the community
  4. Kangaroo Island has the capability to respond to high-risk biosecurity threats
  5. Management of existing pests, weeds and diseases is coordinated across the public and private sectors to limit their spread and impact
  6. Effective leadership, planning, evaluation and improvement of Kangaroo Island's biosecurity system.

Download the Biosecurity Strategy here

Kangaroo Island: too good to spoil

Kangaroo Island is fortunate to be free of many of the terrestrial and marine pests that can impact on the environment, agricultural production and social amenity. This status, along with the recognition of how important islands can be in preserving native species, was recognised by the Australian Government. Funding for the Too Good to Spoil Project was allocated to undertake various activities in order to increase the biosecurity protection for the island. The clean green image of Kangaroo Island helps support an economy based on tourism and agriculture which requires a balanced approach to developing a biosecurity system. This document outlines the key achievements of this project and how the community has been involved in supporting biosecurity activities that protects this unique and special place.

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.


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