Varroa mite – current situation
Victoria continues to support the National Varroa emergency response, and the work being undertaken in NSW. Visit NSW Varroa mite emergency response for more information on the current situation in NSW.
Victorian Control Area
A Control Area Order remains in place for the state of Victoria. This means all movement of bees and bee products (with the exception of processed honey and wax) is being regulated in order to prevent the entry and establishment of Varroa mite
A copy of the current Control Area Order can be downloaded here:
Order declaring a control area (PDF - 686.9 KB)
Order declaring a control area (WORD - 1.6 MB)
It is every beekeeper’s responsibility to ensure they are up to date with current movement requirements before moving their bees and related items.
- Current information on which products are permitted entry to Victoria including associated permit requirements is available at Beekeeper permits.
- Information on health certificate requirements is available at Moving bees interstate. Note: Health certificates are still required for all hives and products in addition to the permit.
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
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
Our FAQs are updated as the response continues.Frequently asked questions
More information about Varroa mite
About Varroa mite and how to test
Exotic honey bee parasites including Braula fly
2018 Victorian response to Varroa mite
Federal Government Outbreak website