Varroa mite – current situation

Update: 20 February 2024

Transition to management

Following the National Management Group meeting on 19 September, the Victorian Government will join other Australian states, territories and industries in transitioning from eradication to management of Varroa destructor.

With active contribution from industry and government stakeholders, a National Varroa Mite Transition to Management Plan was developed by the Consultative Committee on Emergency Plant Pests (CCEPP), this plan was finalised by the National Management Group on 13 February 2024.  The plan has a strong focus on education and engagement activities to help build industry resilience and contains measures aimed at slowing the spread of the pest.

Agriculture Victoria will provide more detailed information about what this means for Victorian beekeepers and affected industry parties in the coming weeks, this page will continue to be updated as activities under the Transition to Management Plan progress. Please note the Control Area Order requiring a permit for all movements of bees and bee products into Victoria remains in place.

Varroa mite has not been found in Victoria and surveillance for early detection remains our key focus at this time.

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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).

In Victoria this hotline is staffed 8 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday and 10 am to 6 pm on weekends and public holidays - please leave a message with your contact details outside these hours.

Report online

Victorian Control Area Order

A Control Area Order remains in place for the state of Victoria.

Read the current Victorian Control Area Order.

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

The Control Area Order continues to require permits for:

  • movement of bees, hives, queen bees
  • used beekeeping equipment
  • pollen for bee feeding
  • or bee products (including honeycomb) from all other states and territories into Victoria.

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.

Permit holder requirements

Beekeepers who have moved hives under permit must continue to follow the requirements of the permit and Control Area Order by

  • reporting any bee movements to Agriculture Victoria
  • regularly testing for Varroa and recording test results.

Use BeeMAX to share/report test results or send an email to honeybee.permits@agriculture.vic.gov.au

Existing SEZ permit holders are reminded in order to meet their permit obligations any onward movements and results of 16-week alcohol wash tests must be reported.

If you have questions regarding hives currently or previously in this zone please contact honeybee.permits@agriculture.vic.gov.au.

More 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

Our FAQs are updated as the response continues.

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Personal wellbeing

The varroa mite response may impact people’s mental and emotional wellbeing.

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Page last updated: 20 Feb 2024