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The Victorian Apiarists' Association can help all beekeepers regardless of how many bee hives they own.

Whether you are a hobbyist beekeeper with one hive in the backyard, a semi-commercial beekeeper wishing to take the next step towards becoming fully financially dependent on beekeeping, or a full time commercial beekeeper - we can help you.

Recent News:

VAA Beekeepers' AFL Tipping Competitions

The VAA Beekeepers’ AFL on-line footy tipping competition has been conducted by the VAA for the past six years. Its purpose is to encourage camaraderie amongst beekeepers, and over the years has proved a great tool for establishing casual conversations and non-beekeeping discussion amongst members.

The competition has two parts, the Women’s competition which commences on Saturday 2nd February and the Men’s competition which commences on Thursday 21st March.

Entry to both competitions is free. There are no monetary prizes, just the reward of bragging about how well you can tip.

Previous years’ tipsters are automatically invited to join this year’s competitions. New tipsters need to join Footy Tips at, then join the VAA competitions at The password for the VAA competitions is apismellifera (all one word). Please direct any enquiries about the competitions to Barry Cooper at

2018 Honey Bee Health Survey

The Australian Honey Bee Industry Council (AHBIC) and Plant Health Australia (PHA) now conduct an annual survey to find out how healthy Australian honey bees are, and what pests and diseases might be causing problems for beekeepers.

The results from the surveys will be used to decide what help beekeepers might need to keep their bees healthy. It will also provide statistics for use by the industry.

All Australian beekeepers were invited and encouraged to complete the 2018 survey by going to The survey closed on Monday 31st December 2018. It took about 10-12 minutes to complete and was done anonymously.

Thanks to all those who completed the survey.Victoria concludes precautionary surveillance for varroa mite detection

Agriculture Victoria’s varroa mite surveillance has concluded six weeks after the bee parasite was detected in cargo at the Port of Melbourne that had been unloaded from a ship. 

The State Quarantine Response Team, comprising of members of the beekeeping community, worked alongside Agriculture Victoria’s Incident Management Team (IMT) to conduct bee hive surveillance following the detection.   

The team conducted four rounds of surveillance in every known hive within a two-kilometre radius of the Port of Melbourne detection. 

With no further detections of varroa mite, Agriculture Victoria has today stood down its IMT.

Click here for a more detailed media release.

Summer Hands-on Beekeeping Course

Sunday 17th February 2019 (9am to 5pm). Conducted by VAA Melbourne Section at the Collingwood Children’s Farm apiary and the adjoining Abbotsford Convent. 

Click here for more information and tickets.

Autumn Hands-on Beekeeping Course

Sunday 17th March 2019 (9am to 5pm). Conducted by VAA Melbourne Section at the Collingwood Children’s Farm apiary and the adjoining Abbotsford Convent. 

Click here for more information and tickets.

Recently Added to Members only:

2019 120th Annual Conference

2019 USA Beekeeping Tour

2018 proposed constitution

Template for pollination contract 

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