QBA's Climate Portal 

Our climate portal has been designed specifically for the Queensland honey bee industry, with a goal to assist apiarists from recreational to commercial level to prepare for any climate/weather emergencies that may impact areas of the state.

Queensland is well known as the state that continues to suffer from extreme climate variances, impacting our state from season to season. From prolonged droughts to fires and flooding rains, we hope this portal provides a means for industry to access on-time relevant updates that may protect your beekeeping interests. 

Where possible, we actively encourage all beekeepers in Queensland to become a member of the Queensland Beekeepers' Association Inc. The QBA is the industry body for beekeeping in Queensland and our ongoing efforts protect the welfare and interests of every apiarist in the state. Please support the association who advocates on behalf of all industry members. Click here to learn more about the QBA. 

To complete a membership application, please visit our online application portal here. 

The QBA's disclaimer of liability can be found at the base of this page.

QBA Climate Updates

  • 02 January 2024 1:36 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Members and Industry, 

    Firstly, on behalf of the management team we send our warmest wishes for a safe, happy, and prosperous new year to our members, annual sponsors and key stakeholders.

    Although responding to another natural disaster wasn't exactly the item of work I'd planned to tackle on the first full day back, here we are. 

    As you will appreciate the weather events of the past 3 weeks have seen me continuing engagement with impacted industry colleagues and government, actively responding to the impacts of both Cyclone Jasper in the far north of the state just prior to Christmas and the impacts of the unprecedented storms that commenced from 24 December 2023 impacting 3 Local Government Areas of the south east corner of Qld. 

    With the clean up from both events well underway, the QBA is now calling on any beekeepers impacted by either weather event to notify the Queensland Dept of Agriculture through the DAF Agriculture Disaster Impact Survey portal

    Notifying the department provides critical data for government and industry (QBA) to better understand and illustrate the extent of the disaster while collating the data required to support the activation of potential recovery assistance for primary producers (beekeepers included). 

    To make a report to the DAF Disaster Impact Survey click here. If you need assistance to complete the survey, please call me as soon as physically possible and I can step you through the survey over the phone. 

    The QBA can now confirm Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) have been activated for the Cyclone Jasper and the South East Queensland Severe Storms events. We encourage anyone impacted to explore the range of support mechanisms on offer. 

    In addition, the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA) has now published two facts sheets that detail the current recovery funding arrangements associated with the recent weather disasters. Please click on the relevant attachment to your region to learn more. 

    Any members are in need of additional direction or assistance I urge to make contact with me as soon as physically possible. 

    Additional information will be communicated as soon as it is made available.

    Kind regards,

    Jo Martin 

    QBA State Secretary

Cyclones & Floods 

QDAF Disaster Impact Survey 

Report any damages or losses to your farm through the disaster impact survey. Reports to the survey help to determine the extent of the impacts and additional means of support during the recovery phase. 

Please note you will need to include date-stamped photos, which most mobile phone cameras do automatically. 

Click here to complete the survey. 

Please report all losses to livestock, pasture or forestry from the event. 




Disaster Funding Activations 

The Queensland Reconstruction Authority is the state's lead agency responsible for disaster recovery and resilience. The QRA website provides a comprehensive list of current and new disaster activations with key links to support services for impacted primary producers. 

Click here to visit the QRA Disaster Funding Activations interactive map. 

Funding Support for Primary Producers

Queensland primary producers impacted during disaster events may be eligible for low interest loans and grants to help them recover. The Queensland Rural Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) is the lead agency that administers applications for financial assistance during times of natural disaster. 

Click here to visit the QRIDA website to learn more. 

Funding and Assistance for individuals 

The Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors administers community recovery support and services. If you reside in one of the impacted regions and have been impacted by disaster please click on the link below. 

Click here to learn more about support for individuals

Queensland Road Closures

The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads lists all current road closures and road work projects within the QLD Traffic website. During and after a significant weather event, please check your chosen route of travel before embarking on your road trip. 

Click here to visit the QLD Traffic website

And remember. If it's flooded, forget it. 


DAF Apiarists Fire Mapping Application 

The QBA have been in active consultation with DAF to design and publish an online map which is hoped to provide an additional means where apiarists may identify and track fire activity occurring near your apiaries. 

Click here to access DAF Apiarists Fire Mapping Portal

The map allows beekeepers to:

  • easily identify fires within the proximately of apiary sites within National Parks and Forestry estate, 
  • use the map to identify fires burning near or close to private land apiary sites, 
  • use the 'fire time slider' button located at the centre of the bottom of the site to see a timeline of fire activity,
  • add additional layers to the map for greater ease of accessibility and improve the user experience.

WARNING: Beekeepers are advised that all warnings are issued by the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service and your local ABC radio station. Click HERE to access fire warnings

This map DOES NOT identify or illustrate current firefighting efforts being deployed to actively fight fires on the ground. 

Current Bushfire Warnings 

The Queensland Fire and Emergency Service website provides a wealth of information that will assist you in understanding any warnings and actions you should initiate as a result of a fire in your local area. 

Click here to access the QFES Current Bushfire Warnings and Incidents

The QFES page also provides useful information that may help you to prepare for natural disaster events. 

In the event of a Fire CALL 000.

Understand the fire ratings in your area

Please use the link below to learn more about the current fire danger ratings across Queensland. 

Click here to access the current Fire Danger Ratings for your area

FACT: Did you know fire danger ratings don't reflect current fire bans or restrictions that may have be currently in place in your local area?

Fire danger ratings advise you of the current level of preparedness for fire. This system is a national system across Australia. 

Guidelines for using Bee Smokers 

The QBA has developed best practice guidelines for the use of bee smokers in consultation with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES). The guidelines have been developed to assist our industry (both recreational and commercial) as accessible procedures for the use of bee smokers.

All beekeepers are urged to download this document and employ best practice provisions to mitigate risk of fires as a result of beekeeping activity. 

Where possible, the QBA strongly urges beekeepers to postpone all beekeeping activities requiring the use of a smoker during any total fire bans until such time as conditions improve. 

DAF Disaster Impact Survey 

Beekeepers who experience damage or loss due to bushfires, or other disaster events are encouraged to complete the Disaster Impact Survey. 

Data collected from the reports help to determine where and when additional assistance is needed to support the recovery needs of industry. 

Click here to complete the Disaster Impact Survey. 

QBA members experiencing any damage or loss as a result of bushfires are encouraged to contact the QBA for additional assistance and support. 

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