Welcome to the National Bee Pest Surveillance Program home page. This page provides access to all of the Programs surveillance activities as part of this Program, as well as links to other resources related to the National Bee Pest Surveillance Program.
The National Bee Pest Surveillance Program follows on from the surveillance system known as the National Sentinel Hive Program which was established in 2000 to improve post-border monitoring around Australia for exotic pests of honey bees, including Varroa mites (Varroa destructor and V. jacobsoni), Tropilaelaps mites (Tropilaelaps clareae and T. mercedesae) and Tracheal mite (Acarapis woodi).
In January 2012 the management of the National Sentinel Hive Program was transferred from Animal Health Australia to Plant Health Australia (PHA). This followed the transfer in responsibilities for bees at a national level from Animal Biosecurity to Plant Biosecurity. These transfers have not greatly changed the national implementation of the program, which is delivered through the expertise of state and territory apiary officers, department of agriculture biosecurity staff and volunteer beekeepers. Upon the transfer to PHA, the name of the surveillance program was changed to the National Bee Pest Surveillance Program to reflect a transition to a more broadly based surveillance program for bee pests and pest bees.
The National Bee Pest Surveillance Program has two major objectives:
The Program is jointly funded by the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council (AHBIC), Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA), Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC), Grain Producers Australia (GPA) and the Australian Government through the Department of Agriculture. Extensive in-kind contributions for the implementation of the program are provided through State and Territory Departments of Agriculture, the Australian Government through Department of Agriculture biosecurity staff as well as volunteer beekeepers. At a national level, PHA coordinates and administers the Program.
NBPSP Info is an on-line database of surveillance data collected as part of the National Bee Pest Surveillance Program. To preserve the integrity of the data, access is by password, and is restricted to NBPSP authorised users only. Authorised users, please log in using the box at the top of this page.