Code of Practice

Find out more about the new
honey bee biosecurity Code of Practice

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Pests of honey bees

Get to know the established and
exotic pests that could affect your hives

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Honey bee pollination

How beekeepers and growers can
improve pollination results

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Be alert to exotic pests

Get advice and tips on how to inspect
your hives for exotic pests

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Help is available

Contact a biosecurity officer for help
keeping your bees healthy

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About BeeAware

BeeAware is a hub of information for beekeepers and growers about honey bee biosecurity and pollination of agricultural and horticultural crops.

The site contains an extensive range of information about exotic and established pests and diseases of honey bees, and helps beekeepers to identify and respond to these pest threats. It also contains information about the pollination of crops and how beekeepers and growers can work together to provide and receive best practice pollination services.

BeeAware was funded by the Australian honey bee industry, pollinator-reliant plant industries, Plant Health Australia, governments and R&D agencies.

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Latest on BeeAware

  • 2018 Bee Health Survey results

    Last year’s survey looked at the biosecurity awareness of Australian beekeepers, including pest and disease symptoms, and the Code of Practice. Read more

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  • 2019 honey bee health survey

    A short survey has been developed to find out how healthy Australian honey bees are, and what pests and diseases might be causing problems for beekeepers. Read more

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  • October is AFB Awareness Month

    It’s that time of year again. NSW DPI is asking beekeepers to inspect their hives and work together to minimise the occurrence of American foulbrood (AFB) in NSW hives. What is AFB? AFB is a fatal and incurable disease of European honey bees caused by the bacterium Paenibacillus larvae. The bacterium kills the bee larvae […] Read more

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  • Bee biosecurity aware

    PIRSA Biosecurity SA is reminding beekeepers to be on the lookout for American foulbrood (AFB) following a detection in hives in the Mount Barker area. AFB is a notifiable bacterial disease that kills honeybee brood, resulting in the weakening and eventual death of affected hives. General Manager of Plant and Food Standards at Biosecurity SA, […] Read more

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  • Welcome Ally Driessen to the Agriculture Victoria bee team

    Ally Driessen is a welcome addition to the Agriculture Victoria Bee Biosecurity team. An amateur beekeeper and permaculture enthusiast, Ally has more than 10 years’ experience as a coach, trainer and project manager in corporate Melbourne, where she worked closely with stakeholders to ensure that changes delivered met business and stakeholder needs. “I love bringing […] Read more

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  • Changes to NSW beekeeping registration conditions

    A new condition will come into effect from 1 July 2020 requiring existing and new beekeepers registered in NSW to comply with the Australian Honey Bee Industry Biosecurity Code of Practice (the Code). What is the Code? The Code has been developed by industry in collaboration with all states and territories to provide a national […] Read more

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