The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development 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.


  • Small hive beetle (Aethina tumidacan cause significant damage to bee hives.

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

  • 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.

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

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

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