Animal Management

Primarily due to the remoteness of Kangaroo Island, there are a number of quarantine restrictions in place to protect agriculture and the environment on Kangaroo Island.

These include the following:
• Bees and honey products must not be bought onto Kangaroo Island to protect the sanctuary for the only pure Ligurian bee population
• Unwashed and dirty potatoes must not be bought onto Kangaroo Island to protect the seed potato industry
• Kangaroo Island is rabbit and fox free protecting the unique environment
• Declared weeds must also not be introduced to Kangaroo Island and
• Grape vine cuttings must be inspected and certified prior to entering Kangaroo Island protecting the grape industry.

For more information on biosecurity, refer to the Natural Resources Kangaroo Island Biosecurity page


Dogs and cats registration

In 2005 the Kangaroo Island Council adopted the first Dog and Cat Management Plan and associated by-laws which complemented the above quarantine restrictions primarily by:
• Requiring all dogs and cats to be microchipped and registered
• Requiring all cats to be desexed except registered breeders
• Restricting the number of domestic animals to two per property

 Council’s By-Laws, including those which relate to Dog and Cat management are due to expire on 1 January 2018 (as per section 251 of the Local Government Act 1999, By-laws expiry on January 1 of the year after the seventh anniversary of the by-laws creation). As such, Council has reviewed all By-laws and they are currently out for public consultation. Click here for consultation documents.

Both the Dogs and Cats By-laws have both been amended to include more definition on the purpose of the By-law and to more clearly state owner requirements. The Cat By-Law proposes more stringent cat controls, particularly for visiting cats and breeding cats, to help ensure that domestic cats do not contribute to the feral cat problem.

Consultation on the by-laws ends 5.00pm, Friday 31 March 2017.


Dogs and cats visiting Kangaroo Island

If you are visiting Kangaroo Island and bringing your Dog and/or Cats its important to notify Council of the following details:

  • Duration of stay (including dates)
  • Your full name
  • Contact number, while visiting
  • Breed of animal(s)
  • Registration at which Council
  • Current registration tag number
  • Microchip number


For further information please contact Customer Service on 08 8553 4500 or email 

Kangaroo Island Council | 43 Dauncey St (PO Box 121) KINGSCOTE SA 5223
Phone: 08 8553 4500 | Fax: 08 8553 2885 | Email:
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