Surveillance program for varroa mite

The Surveillance Program for varroa mite (Varroa Jacobsoni) has been authorised under the Biosecurity Act 2014.

The Surveillance Program acts in conjunction with the Prevention and Control Program for varroa mite (Varroa jacobsoni) under the Biosecurity Act 2014 and the two programs afford authorised officers the necessary legal powers to achieve the objectives of the National Varroa Mite Eradication Program.

Biosecurity matter

The biosecurity matter to which the biosecurity program relates is varroa mite (Varroa Jacobsoni).

Purpose and scope

The objectives of the Surveillance Program are to:

  • Determine the geographic distribution of varroa mite in Asian honey bee populations
  • Monitor the feral population of European honey bee and managed hives to determine whether the varroa mite is present in European Honey Bee populations.

The Surveillance Program directs surveillance activities targeted at the varroa mite. This includes surveillance of:

  • Asian honey bee (AHB; Apis cerana), which is a confirmed host of V. jacobsoni within the area of the Surveillance Program; and
  • European honey bee (EHB; A. mellifera), which is a terminal host of V. jacobsoni, however there have been reports of varroa mite becoming competent on EHB following exposure in other locations.

Commencement and duration

The surveillance program started on 24 October 2016 and was updated on 29 December 2016. It will continue until 31 August 2019. The duration of the program is considered to be reasonably necessary to achieve the Program’s purpose.

Access to biosecurity program

A copy of the biosecurity program for the surveillance of varroa mite (Varroa Jacobsoni) (PDF, 3.1MB) is available for inspection at all Department of Agriculture and Fisheries offices.

A free copy can be provided on request by contacting our Customer Service Centre on 13 25 23.