Varroa mite – current situation

Victorian Control Area

Victoria is free of Varroa mite. Restrictions are in place limiting the movement of bees and bee products into Victoria.

An Order declaring Victoria as a Control Area is in place to prevent the exotic Varroa mite from coming into Victoria from New South Wales (NSW).

Used equipment (including extracted frames/empty supers) and full honey supers can enter Victoria from NSW provided they are items owned by Victorian beekeepers and have spent no time since 1 January 2022 in the New South Wales Eradication (red) or Surveillance (purple) Zones. Visit NSW Varroa mite emergency response for more information.

Used equipment (including extracted frames/empty supers) and full honey supers from other states are permitted provided they have spent no time since 1 January 2022 in the New South Wales Eradication (red) or Surveillance (purple) Zones.

Honeycomb, unprocessed beeswax and pollen for feeding bees can enter Victoria from any state (including NSW), provided they have spent no time since 1 January 2022 in the New South Wales Eradication (red) or Surveillance (purple) Zone.

Applications for hives and queen bees from all states except NSW will be assessed.

Permits will not be granted for bees, hives, queens, escorts and queen cells from New South Wales.

It is every beekeeper’s responsibility to ensure they are up to date with current movement requirements before moving their bees and related items.

All beekeepers are required to keep hive movement records in some form and Agriculture Victoria encourages doing this in BeeMax.

Industry is reminded that a health certificate must also be obtained for all movements of bees, bee products and used fittings (beekeeping equipment) into Victoria.

Information on queen bee movements is available at Beekeeper permits.

For more details visit Moving bees interstate.

Sunraysia region restrictions

From 21 September 2022, the Sunraysia Region no longer has specific requirements for entry.

Entry from other states is for movement into the whole of Victoria.

There are no longer requirements for permits into the Sunraysia region from other parts of Victoria.

Braula fly in Victoria

Agriculture Victoria was made aware of a suspect detection of Braula fly (Braula coeca) on Saturday 20 August, which was confirmed on Monday 22 August.

Two further detections were reported on Saturday 3 September at two new properties in Victoria.

While Braula fly is not considered to be a serious threat to commercial beekeeping or honey production, it does impact on honeycomb quality, and is a domestic trade pest.

Braula fly is a small species of wingless fly that lives in honeybee colonies and looks similar to Varroa mite when viewed with the naked eye.

Braula fly is established in Tasmania and widespread overseas.

Since its detection in multiple apiaries in 2022, Braula fly is now considered established in Victoria and is a notifiable honeybee pest in Victoria. Braula fly remains a notifiable disease under the Livestock Disease Control Act 1994.

Braula fly is a notifiable honey bee pest across all states and territories of mainland Australia, with beekeepers required to report the detection or suspicion of this pest to government authorities.

If any beekeepers suspect they have seen Braula fly in hives, you must report it by calling the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881.

More information about Braula fly is available on the exotic honey bee parasites page, the Braula fly fact sheet and on the BeeAware website.

Varroa control area order

Download the control order:

Order declaring a control area (PDF - 269.1 KB)

Order declaring a control area (WORD - 278.6 KB)

Report Varroa mite

Report any suspect Varroa mite or any other plant pest or disease immediately to the national Exotic Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881 or make a report via our online form with photo (where possible). Early reporting increases the chance of effective control and eradication.

Report online

Further information

If you require any assistance with your permit application, please email Honeybee.Permits@agriculture.vic.gov.au or phone the Customer Service Centre on  136 186.

Frequently asked questions

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Page last updated: 20 Sep 2022