Reimbursement available to affected registered beekeepers

As previously announced, an $18 million support package has been developed for registered commercial beekeepers affected by the Varroa mite outbreak under an agreement reached by the NSW and Australian governments and apiary industry bodies.

The program aims to reimburse eligible registered commercial beekeepers for hives affected by biosecurity operations to control the declared Varroa mite biosecurity emergency.

Registered recreational beekeepers will also be reimbursed. As previously announced, reimbursement includes:

  • $550 payment for each recreational hive destroyed to control the mite outbreak
  • $200 for those who wish to keep their hive ware, which will cover the cost of the euthanised bees
  • $200 for each single nucleus hive that is euthanised.

Eradicating Varroa mite from NSW is the priority, and this response aims to give beekeepers in NSW the resources and support to be able to get back to business once the outbreak has been contained.

What should I do?

To be eligible for reimbursement, applicants

  • must be a registered beekeeper with NSW DPI
  • have had honeybee colonies and/or hives and equipment destroyed as a direct result of the Varroa mite emergency response
  • meet other criteria as outlined in the program guidelines.

Authorised Officers record evidence and the details of all hives and colonies impacted by the Varroa mite emergency response. The evidence recorded informs the Rural Assistance Authority, who is responsible for payment of reimbursement.

You don’t need to take any action until you are contacted by an Authorised Officer with the relevant information.  

Authorised Officers will provide impacted beekeepers with details of how to apply for reimbursement including a link to the application form.


Rural Assistance Authority

The NSW Rural Assistance Authority will be processing the reimbursement applications.

You don’t need to take any action until you are contacted by an Authorised Officer with the relevant information.

For more information on the program guidelines, visit