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The Commissioner for Kangaroo Island will focus her work on a number of projects that have been identified as crucial to delivering lasting prosperity and benefits to Kangaroo Island residents.

Kangaroo Island Visual Arts Survey

In February and March 2017, the Office of the Commissioner for Kangaroo Island (OCKI) conducted a survey of the visual arts community to ascertain their needs and aspirations, and the opportunities that would support their engagement with the arts. The Survey was conducted by Nick Hannaford, whom OCKI appointed to manage the project.

There was a response rate of 121 for the survey and 105 completed responses. A report summarising the findings of the survey and key recommendations emerging from the results is available to view here (PDF, 983 KB).

The survey was followed up with a workshop held on Thursday 30 March, which was attended by around 35 local artists. This workshop discussed the findings of the report and the recommendations set out by Nick Hannaford. A prioritisation exercise was undertaken with the group, which highlighted that the appointment of an Arts Facilitator and the provision of improved arts infrastructure were the two key priorities for the visual arts sector. The notes from the workshop are available here (PDF, 898 KB).

OCKI has now formed a KI Arts Committee and is working through the priorities established in the report.

Economic, Social and Ecological Sustainability Indicators for Kangaroo Island

With significant economic growth expected for the island, the Commissioner has partnered with the Kangaroo Island Council to determine the ‘carrying capacity’ of the island. A set of indicators will be developed that will help to measure the social, economic and environmental impacts of development, and the impacts of a growing population and increasing visitation.

As Kangaroo Island’s economy relies on its pristine environment, this project will help inform individuals, businesses, planners and developers in ensuring sustainable development on the island.

The indicators will also be a useful resource for OCKI, the Council and other government departments. To deliver this project, OCKI will be partnering with: 

  • Kangaroo Island Council
  • Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
  • Department of State Development
  • Primary Industries and Regions South Australia
  • South Australian Tourism Commission
  • Department for Education and Child Development
  • Department of Health and Ageing

View the Project Brief.

Three Year Strategic Plan for Agriculture on KI

The Office of the Commissioner for Kangaroo Island in association with Agriculture Kangaroo Island (AgKI) is in the process of developing a three year strategic plan for agriculture on KI. The strategy seeks to maximise opportunities for agribusinesses on the Island and identify key priorities for the industry.

A workshop was held on Thursday 1 September and was attended by around 40 representatives from KI's agriculture industry. The survey and workshop helped to identify the following priorities for the industry:

  • Increased productivity
  • Greater investment in research and development (R&D)
  • Native Species/Feral Animals
  • Benchmarking
  • Use of the KI Brand
  • Small kill facility

OCKI will work with AgKI to finalise the Strategic Plan, which will guide the work of OCKI in supporting agriculture on KI. Click here to view the report on workshop's findings.

Kangaroo Island Workforce Development Project

The Department of State Development (DSD) through the Jobs First Employment Projects (JFEP) program is working in partnership with the Office of the Commissioner for Kangaroo Island to assist businesses engaged in the Kangaroo Island Transformation project.

The Workforce Development Project seeks to facilitate the engagement of employees for developments on the island by providing a single point of contact for job seeker referral agencies and developers.

The Adelaide Training and Employment Centre (ATEC) have been engaged to undertake this project and they will identify the work force needs arising from developments, work with agencies to support job seeker engagement, and report to DSD on skills development needs. Cathie Tydeman has been appointed as the ‘Workforce Coordinator’ with ATEC. Cathie will be the key point of contact for all stakeholders, businesses and jobseekers involved with the developments. Cathie can be contacted via email at

View the Project Brief.

Kangaroo Island Projects Economic Impacts Study

The Office of the Commissioner for Kangaroo Island would like to determine the economic impacts across the Island's industry groups for the over $171 of approved and proposed projects taking place on the Island over the next 3-5 years. This Study will help identify what direct and indirect benefits could be realised for Kangaroo Island Businesses, and potential areas of industry growth. This study will assist in identifying the commercial and workforce needs related to developments, to ensure businesses are ready to be involved in economic growth opportunities on the Island. 
View the project brief.

This project is complemented by the Transformation Project, which will provide business support services to industry groups in light of the direct and indirect impacts of developments.

Energy Security 

Energy Security is a priority issue for the Island. Reliable and affordable electricity is an essential ingredient to the Island’s future. However the island has a rather unique vulnerability in that it is connected to the mainland and the broader National Electricity Market (NEM) via a single undersea electricity cable. The 14km cable is now over 20 years old and plans are being developed to ensure the Island’s ongoing security.

The Commissioner appointed an Energy Security Focus Group in September 2015. This group will play an advisory role to the Commissioner and represent the views of various Kangaroo Island industry groups and businesses.

Find out more about Energy Security and the Focus Group Here.

Kangaroo Island Transformation Project

Kangaroo Island is currently undergoing an economic transition, with over $171 million of projects either proposed, approved or under planning assessment expected to be delivered over the next five years. An additional 300+ jobs will be created on Kangaroo Island during this period of growth, in addition to 180 short term construction jobs. 

Under the Commissioner for Kangaroo Island Act, the Commissioner for Kangaroo Island, Wendy Campana is responsible for assisting in improving the local economy. The Transformation Project aims to deliver benefits to Kangaroo Island businesses, industry and the local workforce that will arise from developments taking place on the island. This will be achieved by a three-pronged approach.

Transformation Project

More information on the elements of the Transformation Project is available here.

Kangaroo Island’s China Engagement Strategy

The Commissioner is investigating opportunities to strengthen engagement between Kangaroo Island and China through AgroEco tourism and technical and vocational education opportunities. This project will develop various proposals for opportunities to facilitate this strategy, which will be subject to community consultation and engagement.
View the Project Brief

The Case for Kangaroo Island

The Regional Australia Institute was commissioned to develop a report on the ‘case for Kangaroo Island’, which identified the unique social and economic circumstances that characterise Kangaroo Island. The report The Case for Kangaroo Island (PDF, 2250 KB) identifies the challenges and opportunities that are specific to the Island.
View the Project Brief.