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Varroa mite (Varroa destructor) was detected in sentinel hives at the Port of Newcastle in June 2022 as a result of routine surveillance by NSW Department Of Primary Industries (NSW DPI).
Since Varroa can be spread via the movement of bees and bee equipment, a state-wide Order of hive standstill was issued. The intention of this standstill is to achieve eradication of Varroa mite to protect Australia’s honey and pollination industries from the serious impact of this pest.
Spring is a critical time for beekeepers who need to move hives for pollination, for business continuity of beekeeping and pollination-dependent agricultural industries, and for Australia’s food security. With movement restrictions in place, NSW DPI has been working closely with beekeeping industry bodies and stakeholders on a permit system to allow movement of bees from certain areas of NSW without compromising Varroa eradication efforts.
This course has been developed to provide online Varroa mite training in line with the eligibility requirements of a movement permit for beekeepers in NSW. On successful completion of this course you will receive a certificate which is a step required to complete your application for a movement permit.