Victorian Apiarists' Association


  • 18 Sep 2017 10:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    15th and 29th October 2017 (9am to 5pm)

    Conducted by VAA Melbourne at the Abbotsford Convent and the adjoining Collingwood Children’s Farm apiary, Melbourne.

    The course is designed to provide new or prospective beekeepers (including those with Flow Hives) with the necessary knowledge and practical skills to successfully manage a beehive throughout a beekeeping season, and particularly in springtime. Subsequent courses in February and March 2018 will focus on beekeeping during summer, autumn and winter.

    The cost of the course is $270 which includes course notes, a memory stick of beekeeping resources, a reference book (“BEE Agskills”, New South Wales Department of Primary Industries), a waxed wooden frame and morning tea.

    For further information and tickets, go to

  • 23 Feb 2017 6:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Unfortunately Haley Pragert, who had been employed as the Bee Biosecurity Officer in New South Wales, resigned for family reasons.

    The position is now being advertised. Details can be found at:

    If you know of someone who may be interested please pass this information on to them. Please note that applications close on the 7 March, 2017.

  • 23 Feb 2017 6:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Beekeepers are being urged to remain on the lookout for Small Hive Beetle (SHB) this summer, ahead of research field trials attempting to trap the pest and reduce its spread. The first incursion of SHB in Australia was detected in 2002 and has since cost the local beekeeping industry millions of dollars annually. Small Hive Beetle (SHB) is particularly active during warm and humid conditions, feeding on bee larvae and turning honey into fermented slime. A Queensland -based research team – led by Dr Diana Leemon and Dr Andrew Hayes – is currently developing a synthetic lure to deploy in a trap to capture the beetle, as part of a project funded by the Honey Bee and Pollination Program.

  • 23 Feb 2017 6:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The National Varroa Mite Eradication Program will run for the next three years with two key staff leading a team of 32 people.

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