Honey Bee Compensation and Industry Development Fund

A bee keeper inspecting hives.

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

In accordance with the Act, the Minister for Agriculture may make payments from the HBCIDF to fund program and projects programs and projects for the improvement and development of the apicultural industry in Victoria.

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

Apicultural Industry Advisory Committee (AIAC)

The AIAC consists of six members. Three members are nominated by the Victorian Apiarists' Association Inc., and at least one of the persons nominated is to have experience and knowledge of the delivery of honey bee crop pollination services. One member is nominated by the Victorian Farmers Federation and must have general knowledge of the beekeeping industry. Two members are nominated by the Secretary, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR).

Current members and their nominating body are:

Victorian Farmers Federation

  • Ms Gail Rochelmeyer (Chair)

Victorian Apiarists' Association Inc.

  • Mr Robert Arnts
  • Mr Robert McDonald
  • Mr Ashley Smith

DJPR Secretary Nominee

  • Dr Lisa Cowan
  • Mr Marc Higgins

Apply for a grant

Eligible applicants wishing to apply for Livestock Biosecurity Funds funding can do so online from Friday 23 July 2021 until 11.59 pm on Friday 26 November 2021.

These links will open up a secure online application form.

Page last updated: 23 Jul 2021