The 121st VAA Conference & 2022 AGM
Thank you to everyone!!!
The VAA conference is over for another year.
Our thanks go to our Sponsors, to our Exhibitors, to our Speakers
and most of all to our Delegates.
See the Conference Page for photos and other outcomes from the conference
The 2022 VAA Executive Council
John van Weeghel
Judy Leggett, Phil McPherson
Lindsay Callaway Naomi Forbes-Wilson
Ken Gell Max Maunder
Robert McDonald Andrew Turnbull
See the Contacts tab for full details
Thanks to our 2022 Conference Sponsors
VAA Constitution - May 2022
An update - Monday 23rd May 2022
We now have a modernised constitution!
A platform to build on for the future.
Thanks to all members for participating in the review process and voting it in!
Let's work on the problems together
The Victorian Apiarists' Association can advocate for all beekeepers.
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, there are advantages in working together on all aspects of apiculture in Victoria.
Click on VAA Shop for details
Deadline to submit articles for the Australian Bee Journal
On-Line Delivery Only of Australian Bee Journal
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and until further notice the Australian Bee Journal will not be posted in a printed format. Instead it will be delivered on-line via a link from an email sent to each member from the VAA Secretary. The email for the June 2020 journal was sent on 24th June.
If you are a VAA member, have checked the above three issues and are still not receiving the email with the journal attached, please notify the VAA Secretary (contact details shown below).
Along with many past editions, the latest journal can also be accessed from the Members menu tab. Here is the front cover of the June 2022 journal:
VAA Melbourne Section
Face-to-face Monthly Meetings have Resumed
The Melbourne Section has recommenced Face-to-Face meetings in 2021. We have a NEW VENUE at The Avenue Church of Christ, Surrey Hills. You can find out where to go by checking the Events page in the Melbourne Section menu tab. Come along and meet up with beekeepers from all flights of life!
Beekeeping during the COVID-19 Pandemic
The VAA has been working with Governments during the current COVID-19 pandemic to ensure that our interests are considered as part of any movement restrictions and exemptions that apply to individuals and businesses.
I have been able to gain some clarity around beekeepers being able to attend their hives for husbandry purposes in areas subject to stage 3 and 4 movement restrictions. The link below takes you directly to the relevant web page which has a number of frequently asked questions (FAQ’s).
Where the FAQ indicates that you need to provide evidence about your animals/insects, I suggest that you carry a copy (both hard copy and electronic) of your beekeeper registration with you in the event of you being spot checked by authorities.
For current information please check the relevant Victorian and the AHBIC websites as they hold considerable amounts of relevant information for you and your business.
As the COVID-19 response continues, I will continue to represent the VAA and our interests at the relevant industry forums being hosted by Agriculture Victoria.
Kind regards, Phil McPherson, President VAA Inc
Government COVID-19 Resources
The following government resources are being updated regularly and we recommend you check them for the latest public information. Thanks to the University of Melbourne for providing much of this list.
COVID-19 hotlines also offer 24/7 support: