News & Events

  • Victorian Bee Biosecurity Officer update

    17/03/2020 – 2:44 pm

    At the end of 2019 and beginning of 2020, Victorian Bee Biosecurity Officer Ally Driessen focused on bee biosecurity and disease and pest risk mitigation through: Supporting beekeepers who have notified the department about pests, diseases and bee deaths. These are mostly cases of suspected American Foulbrood (AFB) and chalkbrood. Supporting councils (through the Apiary […] Read more

  • Nuisance bee complaints

    13/02/2020 – 9:21 am

    Hiveminded with Mark Page Complaints about nuisance bees have risen over the past few months due to the impacts of drought and fire on floral resources and water. A common cause of complaints is bees foraging for water. Providing water in your yard for bees can be as simple as a bucket with a towel […] Read more

  • NSW beekeeping conditions

    13/02/2020 – 9:22 am

    The Buzz with Rod Bourke Despite a reasonable spring, many parts of NSW are facing a tough outlook for the next 3-6 months. It is important to prepare your hives adequately now so that they can idle along with as little stress as possible. Ensure hives have a good store of honey (at least 15-20kg) […] Read more

  • 2018 Bee Health Survey results

    06/12/2019 – 9:23 am

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

  • 2019 honey bee health survey

    06/11/2019 – 12:06 pm

    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

  • October is AFB Awareness Month

    14/10/2019 – 10:05 am

    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

  • Bee biosecurity aware

    12/09/2019 – 2:22 pm

    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

  • Welcome Ally Driessen to the Agriculture Victoria bee team

    05/09/2019 – 4:07 pm

    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

  • Changes to NSW beekeeping registration conditions

    16/08/2019 – 12:00 pm

    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

  • Bee biosecurity checklist for almond pollination

    01/08/2019 – 9:28 am

    Beekeepers who plan to attend pollinations are urged to complete a four point checklist. Read more

  • Probiotics study shows promise in detecting and treating disease in honey bees

    16/07/2019 – 2:09 pm

    Preliminary trials have shown there to be a direct correlation between gut bacterial numbers in honey bees and the overall health of hives. High levels of gut bacteria in honeybees could mean healthier and more productive hives, according to the latest research from the University of Canberra funded by AgriFutures Australia. While further testing needs […] Read more

  • Guides to better pollination

    09/07/2019 – 8:59 am

    Pollination guides for blueberry, melon, macadamia and avocado crops are now available for Australian producers. Each brochure contains detailed information about the basics of pollination, the range of pollinators for the crop, and a checklist to ensure the best pollination results. The unique features of each crop are considered to give tailored advice on maximising pollination […] Read more

  • Denis Anderson, CSIRO

    Varroa mites detected again at Townsville Port

    14/06/2019 – 11:40 am

    Varroa mites have been detected on an Asian honey bee nest that was recently found and destroyed at the Port of Townsville. The nest was located on 16 May 2019 as a result of bee lining activities where foraging bees are tracked. Combs and bees collected from the nest were sent to the Brisbane Biosecurity […] Read more

  • It’s a buzz

    05/06/2019 – 9:33 am

    Native bee enthusiasts and professionals alike are in a buzz of excitement with the formation their own member organisation, the Australian Native Bee Association. President Dr Tim Heard said: “The association will harness and spread the enthusiasm for native bees by many groups including naturalists, beekeepers, farmers and backyarders.” The Australian Native Bee Association aims […] Read more

  • How surveillance protects our bees

    25/03/2019 – 11:45 am

    Surveillance for bee pests from overseas is essential to maintaining a healthy bee population in Australia and protecting our beekeeping industry. The National Bee Pest Surveillance Program (NBPSP) monitors for the presence of exotic bee pests and pest bees, as well as regionalised bee pests, across 32 sea and air ports. Dr Jenny Shanks, Bee […] Read more

  • Western Australia a sweet spot for beekeeping

    15/03/2019 – 1:45 pm

    Western Australians’ affinity with beekeeping continues to grow, with the number of registered beekeepers across the State surpassing the 3000 mark this week. Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development records show the number of registered beekeepers have grown from 660 in 2010 to 3005 beekeepers caring for more than 45,860 beehives. Department livestock biosecurity director […] Read more

  • Ten reasons why the Code of Practice is good a thing

    12/11/2018 – 8:32 am

    The Australian Honey Bee Industry Biosecurity Code of Practice sets requirements for beekeepers that provide a framework for implementing biosecurity best practices. The Code is part of the National Bee Biosecurity Program and was developed by Australian Honey Bee Industry Council (AHBIC) in collaboration with state and federal governments. Recently, Peter McDonald, the Chair of […] Read more

  • Honey Bee Health Survey 2018

    05/11/2018 – 12:12 pm

    Please take the time to complete the Honey Bee Health Survey 2018. 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. The results from the survey will be used to decide what help beekeepers might need to keep […] Read more

  • Stingless bees as effective pollinators

    11/10/2018 – 11:41 am

    Honeybees are excellent pollinators of many crops, but the burden placed on their health by pests and diseases is heavy. Added to that, the looming threat of a varroa mite incursion makes our reliance on honeybees for pollination decidedly risky. In this context, the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment at Western Sydney University is heading […] Read more

  • One bee

    Online biosecurity course for beekeepers

    03/10/2018 – 12:08 pm

    Commercial beekeepers with more than 50 hives can register for a free online biosecurity course on activities to prevent the spread of pests and diseases in their hives. The Biosecurity for Beekeepers course, which takes about 90 minutes to complete, covers: checking hives for pests and diseases identifying exotic and established pests and diseases of […] Read more