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Biosecurity is everyone's responsibility

On this page, you find up-to-date alerts, how and where to report a bee pest & disease, useful contacts and fact sheets. 

DPIRD Biosecurity Officer

Contact the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD)  - Apiary Officer, Plant Biosecurity, Sustainability and Biosecurity

James Sheehan - Biosecurity Officer

t    08 9780 6182

m  0427 449 103


Bee Pests & Diseases

  • Acarine (tracheal) mites

  • American foulbrood

  • European foulbrood

  • Sacbrood

  • Small hive beetle

  • Tropilaelaps

  • Nosema disease

  • Varroa mites

  • Wax moths

It is your responsibility as a beekeeper to report any of the above to the Department of Agriculture 

Download the Report form for Pests & Diseases

Bee Husbandry

Australia has a healthy bee population and there are things that every beekeeper can do to keep it that way. Watch the Bee Biosecurity Video Series by Bee Aware here

The Biosecurity Online Training (BOLT) is available to all Australian Beekeepers and we encourage you to complete the course. This is a FREE online training course to help you learn more about protecting your bees from pests and diseases. Find out more here.

Quality Assurance Programs

Adoption of a quality assurance (QA) program is essential if the honey industry is to comply with changing government regulations and consumer demands. Anyone who produces a food product today should be seriously considering completing the QA program. These programs ensure your apiary complies with accreditation requirements such as for documenting the extraction and collection of honey.

For Commercial beekeepers (with more than 50 hives) see B-QUAL or contact them on 1800 630 890.

For Recreational beekeepers see B-TRACE, the new accreditation level for under 100 hives and producing less than 6,000kg per annum.

Bee Husbandry

Let's Work Together

BICWA is committed to representing the interest of all beekeepers.
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