National Bee Pest Surveillance Program

​​​​​​​​The National Bee Pest Surveillance Program (NBPSP) is an early warning system to detect new incursions of exotic bee pests and pest bees. The program involves a range of surveillance activities at ports across Australia. These ports are considered to be the most likely entry points for bee pests and pest bees.

As part of the program, sentinel and g​uard hives (hives dedicated to surveillance) are located near Tasmanian ports. The hives are tested every six weeks for the presence of exotic pests and diseases. The program also includes empty catchboxes for the early detection of exotic swarms that may have accidentally entered Tasmania. 

If you are interested in volunteering to help manage a sentinel hive, please use the contact information below to obtain further information.

If you would like to contribute to the NBPSP program, but do not want to commit to the 6-weekly sampling activities, you can always submit a bee sample from any swarms you collect near Tasmanian ports. For information on how to submit a sample, please use the contact details below.

Complete an Apiary Pest or Disease Notification Form:

 Apiary Pest / Disease Notification Form (PDF 148Kb)​

For further information visit:

National Bee Pest Surveillance Program


Senior Biosecurity Officer (Apiary Biosecurity)

Julie Lupia
Biosecurity Operations Branch,
Biosecurity Tasmania,
13 St. Johns Avenue,
New Town, TAS, 7008.
Mobile: 0467 805 968