Honey Bee Compensation and Industry Development Fund

Victoria's Honey Bee Compensation and Industry Development Fund (HBCIDF) is established under the Livestock Disease Control ActA bee keeper inspecting hives. 1994 (the Act) and funded from registration fees.

Registration fees for Victorian Beekeepers are as follows:

For beekeepers with up to 5 hives:

  • no charge, if you register online
  • $30 if you register and pay using the paper application form

For beekeepers with more than 5 hives:

  • $30 to register 6 to 50 hives
  • 60 cents per hive to register 51 or more hives

In accordance with Section 67(3) of the Act, the Minister for Agriculture may make payments from the HBCIDF for the following:

  • administering the provisions of the Act relating to bees, from the capital of the Fund derived from registration fees
  • programs and projects for the improvement and development of the apicultural industry in Victoria.

These payments can only be made once the Minister for Agriculture has considered recommendations from the Apicultural Industry Advisory Committee.

Apicultural Industry Advisory Committee (AIAC)

Under section 70(3) of the Act, AIAC consists of a maximum 9 members appointed by the Minister for Agriculture.

The AIAC currently consists of six members who represent the:

  • Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF)
  • Victorian Apiarists' Association Inc. (VAA)
  • Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Change (DEECA) Formerly known as the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR).

Current members of the AIAC are:

  • Ms Gail Rochelmeyer (Chair) – VFF nominee
  • Mr Robert Arnts - VAA nominee
  • Mr Robert McDonald - VAA nominee
  • Mr Ashley Smith - VAA nominee
  • Dr Lisa Cowan - DEECA nominee
  • Mr Marc Higgins – DEECA nominee

Applications now open for AIAC membership

On behalf of the Minister for Agriculture, the Hon. Ros Spence MP, the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action are currently seeking expressions of interest for the position of chairperson and up to 8 members to the AIAC for a term of up to 3 years.

Expressions of interest are now being sought for suitably qualified individuals to join the AIAC

For a comprehensive list of selection criteria and more information on the roles available and to apply please visit the AIAC appointments advertisement website.

Applications close Midnight, 27 November 2023

Download the AIAC member position description:

Apply for a grant

Applications are currently closed. 

Applications for the 2022 Livestock Biosecurity Funds grant program were open between Thursday 27 October 2022 until 11.59 pm on Friday 23 December 2022.

A total of two project applications were successful in receiving a AIAC 2022 round grant. These include:

  • Conference speaker on Varroa (Victorian Apiarists' Association)
  • Co-funding to support continued delivery of the National Bee Biosecurity Program in Victoria (Biosecurity Victoria, DEECA)

For the latest information on the Livestock Biosecurity Funds grant program, please visit the Agriculture Victoria website.

Summary of active HBCIDF projects

ProjectExpected completionContribution by HBCIDFAchievements to date

Co-funding of the National Bee Biosecurity Program in Victoria – Plant Health Australia

Supporting the employment of a Bee Biosecurity Officer within Victoria for 20 months as part of the National Bee Biosecurity Program.

June 2023$58,340.00
  • Completed and made live the State Quarantine Response Team (SQRT) e-learning course
  • Support for the Victorian Varroa emergency response

Assist restoration, degraded ironbark forests – Victorian Apiarists Association

Process to help ensure development and retention of mature trees beneficial to the honey bee industry and timber harvesters alike

June 2023$15,000.00
  • Engagement of a consultant to support the project

Page last updated: 27 Oct 2023