Varroa mite emergency response

NSW DPI has detected Varroa mite, which was confirmed as Varroa destructor, in biosecurity surveillance hives at the Port of Newcastle. NSW DPI is working to protect the NSW honeybee industry by ensuring we eradicate the parasite.

All beekeepers within the eradication and surveillance zones need to report your hive, preferably online by completing the Beekeeper Notifications - Varroa mite online form

  • If you detect Varroa mite, call the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline to report your detection on 1800 084 881 (9am to 5pm, 7 days a week).

Check the frequently asked questions

Our FAQs are updated regularly as the response continues.

Hive Movement Declaration open for registered commercial beekeepers

Registered commercial beekeepers can now submit a Hive Movement Declaration to move their honeybees and hives in low risk areas of the State.


Hive Movement Declaration

What beekeepers should do

  • Check the latest update, and use the online map to determine whether you are in a biosecurity zone.
  • All beekeepers within the eradication and surveillance zones need to report your hive, preferably online by completing the Beekeeper Notifications - Varroa mite online form
  • If you detect Varroa mite, call the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline to report your detection on 1800 084 881 (9am to 5pm, 7 days a week).

Wild European Honey Bee Management (WEHBM) Program

Following on from the euthanasia and destruction of recreational and commercially managed hives within the red eradication emergency zone, the next phase in the eradication of Varroa mite includes the complete removal of wild European honey bees from the zone.

Your wellbeing

Read our Assistance Guide for Beekeepers PDF, 231.53 KB for various assistance services available to impacted beekeepers to support them through the emergency response.

There are free and confidential support services available to all beekeepers during this difficult time and we encourage beekeepers to access small business and mental health and wellbeing support early.

Small business support is available to beekeepers through:

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

Stressful events can cause feelings of worry and unease, especially where there are levels of uncertainty involved, but there are things you can do to take care of yourself.

In tough times we need to remember to look after ourselves. As much as possible, maintaining routines with good diet, exercise, and sleep will increase your capacity to deal with stress.

This is the time to stay connected with family and friends and seek for support when you need it.

Mental health support is available from:

Latest updates

For previous updates, visit the archive page.

🐝Varroa mite emergency response daily update 🐝

🐝🐝Reminder that beekeepers whose hives are located in an area described by the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) in a current flood warning whose bees or hives are in a location that may be at risk of inundation due to flood water can operate under the Emergency Group Permit. Under the permit hives can be moved to a location at a higher elevation at the same premises.

Notify DPI of the movement by completing the online form or by calling 1800 084 881 (9am to 5pm - 5 days).

🐝No new detections

🐝Almost 70% of hives in the Eradication Emergency Zone areas have been euthanised.

Euthanasia and disposal of managed hives completed in Jerrys Plains, Narrabri, Denman, and Wards River areas.

Euthanasia operations continuing in the Nana Glen and remainder of the Newcastle / Hunter Eradication Emergency Zone areas.

🐝Affected beekeepers will be contacted directly by NSW DPI Authorised Officers to make arrangements as the operation progresses.

🐝The response team understands the challenge of this task and thanks the community for working with us.

For more information on the Varroa mite response visit www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/varroa or call the hotline on 1800 084 881.

🐝Varroa mite emergency response daily update 🐝

🐝No new detections

🐝Almost 70% of hives in the Eradication Emergency Zone areas have been euthanised.

Euthanasia and disposal of managed hives completed in Jerrys Plains, Narrabri, Denman, and Wards River areas.

Euthanasia operations continuing in the Nana Glen and remainder of the Newcastle / Hunter Eradication Emergency Zone areas.

🐝Affected beekeepers will be contacted directly by NSW DPI Authorised Officers to make arrangements as the operation progresses.

🐝The response team understands the challenge of this task and thanks the community for working with us.

🐝🐝Reminder that beekeepers whose hives are located in an area described by the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) in a current flood warning whose bees or hives are in a location that may be at risk of inundation due to flood water can operate under the Emergency Group Permit. Under the permit hives can be moved to a location at a higher elevation at the same premises.

Notify DPI of the movement by completing the online form or by calling 1800 084 881 (9am to 5pm - 7 days).

For more information on the Varroa mite response visit www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/varroa or call the hotline on 1800 084 881.

🐝Varroa mite emergency response daily update 🐝

🐝No new detections

🐝Euthanasia operations continuing in the Nana Glen and Newcastle / Hunter Eradication Emergency Zones area Eradication Emergency Zones.

🐝Affected beekeepers will be contacted directly by NSW DPI Authorised Officers to make arrangements as the operation progresses.

🐝The response team understands the challenge of this task and thanks the community for working with us.

🐝🐝Reminder that beekeepers whose hives are located in an area described by the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) in a current flood warning whose bees or hives are in a location that may be at risk of inundation due to flood water can operate under the Emergency Group Permit. Under the permit hives can be moved to a location at a higher elevation at the same premises.

Notify DPI of the movement by completing the online form or by calling 1800 084 881 (9am to 5pm - 7 days).

🐝There is a permit system in place to preserve queen bees that have a genetic high value as part of the National Varroa Mite Response Plan, which allows registered commercial queen bee breeders to select genetically important queens to safeguard future populations. To apply, call the Varroa hotline 1800 084 881.

For more information on the Varroa mite response visit www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/varroa or call the hotline on 1800 084 881.

🐝 There was 1 new detection of Varroa mite today, within the existing red eradication zone in the Newcastle area - that brings total infected premises across NSW to 100.
A beekeeper called in the result after completing surveillance at home - thank you for letting us know.
It's not required by beekeepers in the red zone to conduct surveillance at this time, due to the widespread euthanasia of hives currently occurring.
If you do conduct surveillance and find Varroa mite, it is a requirement under the emergnecy order to report it to NSW DPI.
🐝 Euthanasia operations continue in the Nana Glen and Hunter red eradication zones.
We appreciate the continued co-operation beekeepers are providing this this challenging task to eradicate Varroa mite from Australia. This is taking a toll on many beekeepers, and we encourage those that need support to reach out. Find the right organisation to call at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/varroa.
🐝 Don't forget for those affected by flooding (a current flood warning) the Emergency Group Permit in place.
Under the permit hives can be moved to a location at a higher elevation at the same premises.
Notify DPI of the movement by completing the online form or by calling 1800 084 881 (9am to 5pm - 7 days).
For more information on the Varroa mite response visit https://fal.cn/3rXKe or call the hotline on 1800 084 881.
In respect of the funeral for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, there will be minimal communications from the response during this time.

🐝Varroa mite emergency response daily update 🐝

🐝No new detections

🐝Euthanasia operations have commenced in the Nana Glen Eradication Emergency Zone and are continuing in the Newcastle / Hunter area Eradication Emergency Zones.

🐝Affected beekeepers will be contacted directly by NSW DPI Authorised Officers to make arrangements as the operation progresses.

🐝The response team understands the challenge of this task and thanks the community for working with us.

🐝🐝Reminder that beekeepers whose hives are located in an area described by the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) in a current flood warning whose bees or hives are in a location that may be at risk of inundation due to flood water can operate under the Emergency Group Permit. Under the permit hives can be moved to a location at a higher elevation at the same premises.

Notify DPI of the movement by completing the online form or by calling 1800 084 881 (9am to 5pm - 7 days).

For more information on the Varroa mite response visit www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/varroa or call the hotline on 1800 084 881.

🐝Varroa mite emergency response daily update 🐝
🐝Emergency Order 28 published - link at the top of this page

🐝Reminder that beekeepers whose hives are located in an area described by the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) in a current flood warning whose bees or hives are in a location that may be at risk of inundation due to flood water can operate under the Emergency Group Permit. Under the permit hives can be moved to a location at a higher elevation at the same premises.

Notify DPI of the movement by completing the online form or by calling 1800 084 881 (9am to 5pm - 7 days).

🐝Euthanasia operations continue in the Eradication zones. Affected beekeepers will be contacted directly by NSW DPI Authorised Officers to make arrangements as the operation progresses.

🐝The response team understands the challenge of this task and thanks the community for working with us.

🐝A reminder that the Reimbursement Program for registered beekeepers impacted by biosecurity operations to control the Varroa mite is open. Links for applications will be provided by an Authorised Officer when they visit premises.

You can read more about the Reimbursement Program via the Reimbursement link at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/varroa

🐝For more information on the Varroa mite response visit www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/varroa or call the hotline on 1800 084 881.

🐝Varroa mite emergency response daily update 🐝

🐝No new detections

🐝High-value queen bee assessments commenced at Ourimbah.

🐝Euthanasia and Disposal Plan – Information for beekeepers has been updated on the Varroa mite FAQ page.

🐝Euthanasia operations continue in the Eradication zones. Affected beekeepers will be contacted directly by NSW DPI Authorised Officers to make arrangements as the operation progresses.

🐝The response team understands the challenge of this task and thanks the community for working with us.

For more information on the Varroa mite response visit www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/varroa or call the hotline on 1800 084 881.

🐝Varroa mite emergency response daily update 🐝

🐝No new detections

🐝Euthanasia operations continue in the Eradication zones. Affected beekeepers will be contacted directly by NSW DPI Authorised Officers to make arrangements as the operation progresses.

🐝The response team understands the challenge of this task and thanks the community for working with us.

🐝A reminder that the Reimbursement Program for registered beekeepers impacted by biosecurity operations to control the Varroa mite is now open. Links for applications will be provided by an Authorised Officer when they visit premises.

You can read more about the Reimbursement Program via the Reimbursement link at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/varroa

For more information on the Varroa mite response visit www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/varroa or call the hotline on 1800 084 881.

🐝Varroa mite emergency response daily update 🐝

🐝No new detections

🐝New Biosecurity (Varroa mite) Emergency Order No. 27 issued. The key changes include:

  • Registered commercial beekeepers moving hives into the Blue Zone from another state must comply with the hive movement requirements set out in clause 43 of the Emergency Order and any other NSW requirements that apply to that state (e.g. Braula fly in Victoria).
  • Beekeepers who intend to bring hives into the NSW Blue Zone from another state also need to comply with the movement requirements of that state.

You can access the current Emergency Order at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/varroa

🐝Euthanasia operations continue in the Eradication zones. Affected beekeepers will be contacted directly by NSW DPI Authorised Officers to make arrangements as the operation progresses.

🐝The response team understands the challenge of this task and thanks the community for working with us.

🐝A reminder that the Reimbursement Program for registered beekeepers impacted by biosecurity operations to control the Varroa mite is now open. Links for applications will be provided by an Authorised Officer when they visit premises.

You can read more about the Reimbursement Program via the Reimbursement link at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/varroa

For more information on the Varroa mite response visit www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/varroa or call the hotline on 1800 084 881.

🐝Varroa mite emergency response daily update 🐝

🐝No new detections

🐝Euthanasia operations continue in the Eradication zones. Affected beekeepers will be contacted directly by NSW DPI Authorised Officers to make arrangements as the operation progresses.

🐝The response team understands the challenge of this task and thanks the community for working with us.

🐝A reminder that the Reimbursement Program for registered beekeepers impacted by biosecurity operations to control the Varroa mite is now open. Links for applications will be provided by an Authorised Officer when they visit premises.

You can read more about the Reimbursement Program via the Reimbursement link at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/varroa

For more information on the Varroa mite response visit www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/varroa or call the hotline on 1800 084 881.

🐝Varroa mite emergency response daily update 🐝

🐝No new detections

🐝Euthanasia operations continue in the Eradication zones. Affected beekeepers will be contacted directly by NSW DPI Authorised Officers to make arrangements as the operation progresses.

🐝The response team understands the challenge of this task and thanks the community for working with us.

🐝A reminder that the Reimbursement Program for registered beekeepers impacted by biosecurity operations to control the Varroa mite is now open. Links for applications will be provided by an Authorised Officer when they visit premises.

You can read more about the Reimbursement Program via the Reimbursement link at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/varroa

For more information on the Varroa mite response visit www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/varroa or call the hotline on 1800 084 881.

Varroa mite emergency zones

There are three Varroa mite zones.

Varroa map legend

Different restrictions apply depending on where your honeybees and hives are located.

If you have honeybee colonies or hives in the Eradication or Surveillance zone, you must tell NSW DPI where they are. This includes queen honeybees in cages and packaged honeybees.

What do the emergency zones mean?

  • The red represents the 10km eradication zones where honeybee hives will be euthanised.
  • The purple shows the 25km surveillance zones, where officials are monitoring and inspecting managed and feral honeybees to limit the extent of these incursions.

If you find varroa mite in a hive you are responsible for, notify NSW DPI by:

Varroa mite emergency zone map


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