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This online engagement was hosted on YourSAy from 10 February to 17 April 2020. Below is a record of the engagement.


We want to hear your feedback on the revised policy on the management of wild dogs in South Australia.

What’s being decided?

Wild dog populations and distributions have increased inside the Dog Fence in South Australia over the past two decades. This is severely impacting on livestock industries.

To reduce the impact of feral animals in South Australia, we are reviewing declared animal policies under the Natural Resources Management Act 2004 (NRM Act).

The revised Declared Animal Policy (Wild dogs and dingoes) provides strategies to manage wild dog populations across South Australia.

The objectives of the policy are to:

  • Maintain the Dog Fence to prevent incursions of wild dogs.
  • Virtually eradicate wild dogs inside the Dog Fence.
  • Minimise the impacts of wild dogs on cattle outside the Dog Fence.

The intended outcomes of the revised policy are to:

  • Protect and support the growth of South Australia’s resilient sheep industry.
  • Reduce the risk of wild dogs attacking people.
  • Maintain the ecological role of wild dogs outside the Dog Fence and their role in Aboriginal culture.

The main changes proposed include:

  • Requiring landholders to follow minimum baiting standards inside the Dog Fence.
  • Declaring wild dogs for control in a buffer zone of 35 kilometres outside the Dog Fence, including the fence that borders NSW.
  • Setting a baiting standard for the buffer zone.
  • Allowing aerial baiting of wild dogs in all NRM regions.

To find out more about the changes to the policy and how they might impact you, read the BackgroundWhat are the changes? and Frequently Asked Questions sections on this website.

Get involved

Anyone with an interest in, or impacted by the management of wild dogs in South Australia is invited to comment on the revised Declared Animal Policy (Wild dogs and dingoes).

Read the revised Declared Animal Policy (Wild dogs and dingoes) and provide your feedback via:

How can your input influence the decision?

Your feedback will be considered by PIRSA, NRM boards, the Minister for Primary Industries, Regions and Development and the Minister for Environment and Water to inform the development of the final version of the policy.

Contact details

For general inquiries, please email us at

Closing date: 5 p.m. Friday 17 April 2020


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