Surveillance Program for varroa mite

Biosecurity matter

The biosecurity program relates to:

  • varroa mite (Varroa jacobsoni); and
  • varroa mite carriers (a bee; a swarm, nest or hive of bees; an apiary appliance; or an apiary product).

Purpose and scope

The objectives of the biosecurity program are to:

  1. delimit the geographic distribution of varroa mite in Asian honey bees; and
  2. monitor the feral population of European honey bees and managed hives to determine whether the varroa mite is present on European honey bees.

The biosecurity program will apply to places, other than residences, within the State of Queensland.

Surveillance activities targeted at managed hives will only apply to places where managed hives are kept.

Commencement and duration

The biosecurity program commenced on 1 September 2019 and will continue until 30 April 2021.

Access to biosecurity program

A copy of the biosecurity program (PDF, 1.6MB) is available for inspection at the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries head office at 41 George Street, Brisbane and regional Department of Agriculture and Fisheries offices.

A copy of the biosecurity program is also available to view and print at no cost on the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website at www.daf.qld.gov.au.

A copy can be provided on request by contacting the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Customer Service Centre on 13 25 23.