Biosecurity Manual for the Honey Bee Industry
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 honey bees
• taking action after finding a serious pest or disease in their hive
• minimising the impact of pests and diseases on their hives.
The Australian Honey Bee Industry Biosecurity Code of Practice requires commercial beekeepers (with 50 or more hives) to complete such an approved biosecurity training every three years. They can do the course for free by contacting their local Bee Biosecurity Officer to obtain a token code.
Beekeepers with less than 50 hives, who will also find the course useful, will need to pay $20 to complete it.
Visit the BeeAware website for more information on the:
Biosecurity for Beekeepers training course (beeaware.org.au/training)
Australian Honey Bee Industry Biosecurity Code of Practice (beeaware.org.au/code-of-practice)
Bee Biosecurity Officers in each state and territory (beeaware.org.au/national-bee-biosecurity-program)
The Biosecurity for Beekeepers course is delivered by Plant Health Australia through funding from the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council. The development of the course was funded by AgriFutures Australia.
Honey Bee Biosecurity Manual
The Biosecurity Manual for the Honey Bee Industry provides information for the industry and producers about biosecurity practices and honey bee pests.