Best Management Practice for the Transportation of Open Entrance Beehives

In the interests of public safety, the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council Inc. (AHBIC) recommends that the following guidelines be followed, except in the case of emergency, e.g. fire or flood:

  • Where possible, only transport open entrance beehives between sunset and sunrise.
  • When securing beehives, equipment or machinery onto transport vehicle ensure LOAD RESTRAINT GUIDES as set down by the National Transport Commission of Australia are adhered to.
  • After completion of loading of beehives, wait until most bees have stopped flying before departing site.
  • Even in cooler weather, travel through built up areas and road works should be avoided during daylight hours.
  • Ensure adequate fuel is carried on the vehicle to complete the journey without the need to enter a refuelling depot when transporting open entrance beehives.
  • If absolutely necessary that a break in the journey has to occur, then ensure vehicle is located far enough away from lights as not to attract bees.

If the above guidelines cannot be met, AHBIC advises beehives should be screened, netted or closed entrance to prevent escape of bees from transport vehicle.

July, 2014

Please see AHBIC letter here (PDF 423KB)

Warning – Honey bees at risk from canola spraying for green peach aphid

AHBIC has been informed that there is a lot of spraying of canola for the green peach aphid which is spreading the western beet yellowing virus. There are some chemicals being used that are deadly to honey bees.

Many beekeepers have already been shifting hives away. It will pay for beekeepers to check for canola anywhere within a 10 kilometre radius of where they currently have bees located and find out if spraying is to happen.

AHBIC is looking for further information and is planning to put out a press release to inform farmers, agronomists and beekeepers about the risks of this spraying on bees.

AHBIC is communicating this information to you as you may be affected or know a beekeeper that could be affected. Please communicate with your friends on this matter. Please see AHBIC letter here (PDF 220KB)

Honey Month Special

Download Honey Month Special newsletter here (PDF 1.5MB)


More Honey Month 2014 activities

Be sure to keep an eye on the Honey Month 2014 page for updates to activities planned for around the country. Latest updates to the Queensland and Tasmania sections.

Honey Month display at the Mareeba Library

Honey Month display at the Mareeba Library

National Honey Month


The Australian Honey Bee Industry Council is proud to be associated with Honey Month – a month long celebration of honey! Apiarists around Australia are showcasing beekeeping, honey products and of course wonderful food.  Each state is holding events for Honey Month so take a look at the many activities on our National Honey Month page.

Honey Month 2014 Media Release

Australian beekeepers produce many great varieties of honey. The beekeeping industry within Australia wants the public to be aware of what is available. Whilst the beekeepers of Australia produce these great honeys, it is often not recognised the vital role that the humble honey bee plays in the food security for Australia.

Ian Zadow, Chairman of the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council (AHBIC) said we want the Australian public to engage with us, the beekeepers, to better understand the role Australian beekeepers play in providing food. “Whilst some in the public know how good honey tastes and how good it is for you, they often don’t associate the honey bee with the other foods that are on their meal table. It is estimated that one in three mouthfuls of food we eat relies on the honey bee for pollination of that food.”

Mr Zadow said the beekeeping industry Australia wide is setting aside the month of May to help educate the public on the role of beekeepers and what the honey bee does for Australia’s food security. “Many people only think of beekeeping as a cottage industry. They are not aware that there are many large businesses out there run by beekeepers and they often have several employees working for them.”

“Last year in August it was estimated that between 150,000 and 180,000 bee hives were taken to pollinate almonds. Almonds are one crop that if there are no bees for pollination, then there is no crop.”

“Each of the various State Associations is running different programs to showcase to the public our delicious honey and what our industry does. I would encourage the public to find out what activities are occurring in their State and come along. See below for the various activities scheduled for Honey Month 2014

For more information or to arrange an interview, contact:

Ian Zadow, Chairman of the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council on 0429 433 125

Queensland – Robert Dewar 0419 658 831
Victoria – Jodie Goldsworthy 02 6033 2322
Tasmania – Shirley Stephens 03 6363 1170
Western Australia – Leilani Leyland 0428 290 029
South Australia – Martin Gilbert 0417 824 739 or visit us on Facebook  

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