Bees

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia assists the bee industry in its commitment to quality assurance and ensuring apiary products are clean, safe and free from chemical contamination. Strong focus on research in honeybee nutrition and queen bee breeding has been pivotal.

Access to pristine forests and coastal wildflowers is essential for honey production and sustainability. Honey from these areas is free of agricultural pesticides and industrial pollution, ensuring it is clean and safe for consumers. This offers trade advantages in exporting honey, bees and other apiary products.

Our state’s honeybees are free of many important pests and diseases found in eastern Australia. Western Australia is also free of serious exotic bee mites. This high health status results from, and depends on tight border biosecurity and strong commitment to surveillance and disease reporting.

Articles

  • 19 December 2016

    This page summarises information on the status of plant and bee-related pest risk analyses prepared by the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia.

  • 25 November 2016

    In Western Australia, all owners of livestock are legally required to register with the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) Brands Office. This includes beekeepers.

  • 9 December 2016

    Sacbrood, a disease of honey bees in many parts of the world, has been identified in hives and apiaries in Western Australia since 1979.

  • 9 June 2016

    Small hive beetle can cause severe damage to bee hives, and has been confirmed in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland.

  • 9 December 2016

    European foulbrood disease, a serious disease of honey bees in eastern Australia, has not been detected in Western Australia.

  • 9 December 2016

    American foulbrood is a disease of honeybee larvae caused by the bacterium Paenibacillus larvae.

  • 9 December 2016

    The protection of Western Australia’s economy, environment and people’s health by preventing the outbreak of exotic animal and plant pests and diseases is known as biosecurity.

  • 29 January 2015

    Varroa mite is an important parasite of bees worldwide, but fortunately not yet occurring in Western Australia or other mainland states of Australia.