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What you said

Provide your feedback on proposed changes to support the implementation of the Australian Honey Bee Industry Biosecurity Code of Practice.

What is being decided?

To support the SA apiary industry’s adoption of the Australian Honey Bee Industry Biosecurity Code of Practice (the Code) and improve biosecurity management, some amendments to the Livestock Regulations 2013 are required.

In July 2016, the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council endorsed the Code and there have been subsequent meetings between Biosecurity SA and South Australian beekeepers to explore changes to the Livestock Regulations 2013 to support its implementation.

A Discussion Paper (PDF 137KB) has been prepared to outline proposals to manage the amendments to the legislation.

The most important/significant changes proposed are:

  • Knowledge of notifiable conditions at registration.
  • Pest and disease management training required (with 50 or more hives).
  • Record keeping of biosecurity related actions and observations.
  • Hive construction and branding.
  • Hive identification code. 

The objectives of the Code are to:

  • Increase productivity in the Australian honey bee industry by improving the general level of pest and disease control by Australian beekeepers; 
  • Assist beekeepers in recognising exotic pests and diseases of bees and preparing for an exotic or emerging disease response;
  • Ensure beekeepers conduct regular surveillance for the presence of notifiable exotic and endemic pests and diseases; 
  • Assist in the management of significant endemic diseases of bees, particularly American foulbrood; 
  • Facilitate the cross-border movement of bees through adoption of a single national code for biosecurity practices.

These objectives are to ensure the future viability and sustainability of the Australian honey bee industry. In South Australia, honey production contributes about $11m to the economy, while the value of pollination services has been estimated at $550 million.

How can your input influence the decision?

South Australian apiarists and the public are invited comment on the discussion paper and the proposed amendments to the Livestock Regulations 2013.

A report on what was heard and what changed as a result of community input will be prepared once online consultation and consultation with targeted stakeholders has ended. This report will be made available on this site and also on the PIRSA website.

Get involved

You can be involved in the conversation by:

  • Commenting in our discussion forum.
  • Attending a public consultation (dates below)
  • Providing a written submission via post: The Honey Bee Industry Biosecurity Code of Practice Review, Biosecurity SA, GPO Box 1671, Adelaide SA 5001
  • Emailing your feedback via

While specific issues are raised in this Discussion Paper, you may comment on any issue you believe is pertinent to this review. Submissions will be accepted up to 5.00pm on Monday 8 May 2017.

Public consultation meetings

Location Venue Date Time Parking


Meeting Hall
St Matthews Homes
67 Bridge Street
Tuesday 4 April From 8:00pm Street parking
only (limited). 
Non Bee Society 
please arrive


Clare Country Club
White Hut Road
Wednesday 5 April 1:00 - 3:00pm  
Adelaide Charles Hawker Centre Lecture room 5 (117) University of Adelaide Waite Campus Waite Road, Urrbrae Wednesday 5 April 7:00 - 9:00pm Closest entry point is opposite Hartley Grove, off Waite Road.
Murray Bridge

Swanport Hotel
Lot 200 Jervois Road

Thusday 6 April 9:00 - 11:00am  
Naracoorte Naracoorte Hotel Motel
73 Ormerod Street
Thursday 6 April 3:00 - 5:00pm  
Kingscote* Natural Resources Centre
35 Dauncey Street
Monday 10 April From 5:30pm Street parking only. Enter venue via rear door.

*The Kingscote meeting will further discuss KI entry requirements for bees, bee products and bee property. 

Want to know more?

Questions or comments about the review can be directed to John Kassebaum, Principal Policy Officer, Biosecurity SA by telephone (08 8207 7962) or email

Changes are being proposed to the Livestock Regulations 2013, to support the implementation of the Australian Honey Bee Industry Biosecurity Code of Practice.

Past key dates

Mon, 8 May 2017 at 5:00 PM

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