Reporting diseases

Beekeepers must report notifiable diseases

For all beekeepers

This is already a legislated requirement in all states and territories and is included in the Code of Practice as reinforcement.

Data on how prevalent diseases are in particular areas is extremely useful in both managing these diseases in areas where they are present and in stopping them from spreading. This data is also required to support trade between states and internationally.

Each state and territory has differing requirements in this section of the Code of Practice.

REQUIREMENT
2.1 A beekeeper must report the detection or suspicion of any notifiable disease to their relevant state or territory authority by the quickest practicable means. Verbal reports should be followed up in writing (for example, by e-mail, text message (SMS), fax or letter).
2.2 A beekeeper must have knowledge of the pests and diseases that are notifiable diseases in the state or territory where their hives are located.

Notifiable pests and diseases

The following pests and diseases are notifiable in all states and territories:

American foulbrood (Paenibacillus larvae)
European foulbrood (Melissococcus plutonis)
Tracheal mite (Acarapis woodi)
Tropilaelaps mites (Tropilaelaps clareae and Tropilaelaps mercedesae)
Varroa mites (Varroa destructor and V. jacobsoni)

For details go to: State and territory notifiable animal diseases lists  (Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources)

All exotic pests should be reported to the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881.

Notifiable pests and diseases listed by state or territory

Please note that the lists of notifiable diseases are subject to change and beekeepers are advised to check their state or territory website for details if required.

Australian Capital Territory

Africanised honey bee
African honey bee (Cape honey bee)
Asian honey bee (Apis cerana)
Braula fly (Braula coeca)
Giant honey bee (Apis dorsata, A. laboriosa and A. breviligula)
Red dwarf honey bee (Apis florea)

New South Wales

Africanised honey bee
Asian honey bee (Apis cerana)
Asian hornet
Braula fly (Braula coeca)
Bumble bee (Bombus terrestis)
Chalkbrood (Ascosphaera apis)
Dwarf honey bee (Apis florea)
Giant honey bee (Apis dorsata)
Nosemosis (Nosema apis and N. ceranae)
Small hive beetle* (Aethina tumida)

*Small hive beetle is now endemic in New South Wales and is likely to be removed from the notifiable pest list in the future.

For details go to: Bees – notifiable pests (NSW Department of Primary Industries)

Northern Territory

Braula fly (Braula coeca)
Small hive beetle (Aethina tumida)

For details go to: Honey bees and beekeeping (Northern Territory Government)

Queensland

Asian honey bee (Apis cerana)
Braula fly (Braula coeca)
Bumble bee (Bombus terrestis)
Small hive beetle (Aethina tumida)

For details go to: Notifiable diseases (Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries)

South Australia

Africanised honey bee
Asian honey bee (Apis cerana)
Acute bee paralysis
Braula fly (Braula coeca)

For details go to: Bees (Primary Industries and Regions SA)

Tasmania

Africanised honey bees
American foulbrood (Paenibacillus larvae)
European foulbrood (Melissococcus plutonius)
Small hive beetle (Aethina tumida)

For details go to: Notifiable animal diseases (Biosecurity Tasmania)

Victoria

Africanised honey bee
African honey bee (Cape honey bee)
Braula fly (Braula coeca)
Chalkbrood (Ascosphaera apis)
Nosemosis (Nosema apis and Nosema ceranae)

For details go to: Notifiable diseases (Agriculture Victoria)

Western Australia

African honey bee (Cape honey bee)
Africanised honey bee
Asian honey bee (Apis cerana)
Braula fly (Braula coeca)
Bumble bee (Bombus terrestis)
Chalkbrood (Ascosphaera apis)
Dwarf honey bee (Apis florea)
Giant honey bee (Apis dorsata)
Small hive beetle (Aethina tumida)

For details go to: Bees (Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development WA)


Download the Code

Australian Honey Bee Industry Biosecurity Code of Practice