Welcome to the QBA Varroa mite portal 

This portal has been specifically designed as an information portal to support industry during the response to Varroa destructor detected in the Port of Newcastle on the 22nd of June 2022.

Our Admin team will endeavour to publish updates relating to the incursion as frequently as physically possible.

QBA members will continue to receive email updates via our dedicated communication channels.

If you are interested in supporting the QBA by becoming a member, please click here to complete your application for membership. Once you have completed your application and settled your membership invoice, you will be automatically added to our members communication list. 

To report varroa mite detections in Queensland 

Call: Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23

or the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline 1800 084 881 

Report your varroa mite surveillance

to the Bee 123 portal 

Bee 123 portal 

Complete varroa surveillance and report your results to the Bee 123 portal is a critical activity that all beekeepers across Queensland must undertake every 16 weeks. 

To learn more about reporting your results, please click on the attachment below to download a copy of the how to guide for the Bee 123 portal. 

DAF factsheet - how to access and use the Bee 123 online form v1.0.pdf

Alternatively, click on the gallery to the left ⬅️ to view the fact sheet. 

Want to learn more about varroa mite? Click on the attachment below to download a copy of the FAQ about Varroa mite. 

DAF factsheet - varroa mite frequently asked questions v1.0 electronic.pdf

Look for varroa, check for varroa and report your results. 

Click here to report your results. 

Transition to Management (T2M) More Information 

On the 9th of February 2024, the National Management Group approved the transition to management plan (T2M) for the honey bee and pollination dependent industries. We encourage all beekeepers to learn more about the T2M process in Queensland. Click here to learn more. 

News & Updates

Please use the blog post below to access a time line of all communications relating to the varroa destructor detection and response. 

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  • 15 February 2024 1:17 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Members, 

    Please click on the attachment below to read the latest update relating to the response to varroa in Queensland. 



    All the best, 

    Jo Martin. 

  • 13 February 2024 10:58 AM | Anonymous

    Dear Members, 

    I am pleased to provide news that the National Management Group (NMG) have reached an agreement on the National Transition to Management Plan for Varroa mite. 

    This plan has been frustratingly many months in the making with our National Industry body AHBIC continuing their strong advocacy and representation efforts to see a meaningful plan delivered benefiting all beekeepers across Australia.

    We thank the team at AHBIC for their efforts and draw your attention to the update from AHBIC attached below with relation to the agreement reached by the NMG on Friday 9th February 2024.

    AHBIC Varroa incursion update 56.pdf

    The QBA continue to urge all beekeepers in Queensland to continue to test for varroa and report all surveillance results to the Bee 123 portal.

    Identifying varroa early in Queensland is the key understanding the spread and distribution of the pest,  giving our beekeepers the means to initiate treatment early. 

    All the best, 

    Jo Martin. 

  • 02 February 2024 8:35 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Members, 

    Please click on the attachment below to read the latest update from our National Industry Body AHBIC. Our sincere thanks to Danny and Bianca for their continued effort to push out regular updates. 

    All the best, 

    Jo Martin 

  • 19 January 2024 8:09 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Members, 

    Please click on the attachment below to read a copy of the latest update on Bee 123 and the QBA for the week ending the 19th January 2024.


    QBA Varroa Destructor Update to Members 19-01-2024.pdf

    All the best, 

    Jo Martin 

  • 19 January 2024 8:13 AM | Anonymous

    Dear Members, 

    Please click on the attachment below to read the latest update from AHBIC with relation to the response to varroa. 


    AHBIC-Varroa-incursion-update-53.pdf

    All the best, 

    Jo Martin 

  • 23 December 2023 4:13 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Members, 

    Please click on the link below to read the latest update from AHBIC in relation to the response to varroa. 


    AHBIC Industry Update 52

    All the best, 

    Jo Martin 

  • 23 December 2023 4:01 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Members, 

    Please click on the link below to read the yearly overview from the team at the VMPPP. 



    QBA Varroa Destructor A Year In Review 2023.pdf

    All the best, 

    Jo Martin 

  • 18 December 2023 4:34 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Members, 

    Please click on the link below to read a copy of the latest update relating to the response to varroa from Biosecurity Queensland for the week ending 15 December 2023. 


    QBA Varroa Destructor Update to Members 18122023.pdf

    All the best, 

    Jo Martin. 

  • 04 December 2023 10:16 AM | Anonymous

    Dear Members, 

    Please click on the attachment below to read the latest update from Biosecurity Queensland in relation to the response to varroa mite. 


    QBA Varroa Destructor Update to Members 01122023.pdf

    All the best, 

    Jo Martin 

  • 22 November 2023 9:14 AM | Anonymous

    Dear Members, 

    Please click on the attachment below to read the latest update from the Biosecurity Queensland Varroa Mite Prevention and Preparedness Program for the week ending 17 November 2023. 


    QBA Varroa Destructor Update to Members 17112023.pdf

    All the best, 

    Jo Martin.

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Educational Information for all Beekeepers

Use the BeeAware website for educational information on varroa.

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