Australian Pollinator Week

8-15 November 2020

Let’s celebrate together, raising awareness of the importance of pollinators and supporting their needs.  

Australian Pollinator Week acknowledges our unique insect pollinators and raises awareness of the importance of pollinators and support their needs.

Many 2020 Australian Pollinator Week Events will be online or virtual events wherever possible. 

Visit the Australian Pollinator Week website for more information.

Visit the Australian Museum website to read about “What is Pollination?”.

Honey bees more valuable as pollinators than as honey producers
Hives of honey bees for pollinating macadamia flowers

National Ag Day - Friday 20th November 2020

National Ag Day is a day dedicated to Australian agriculture and the people behind it, Australian farmers.

Celebrate Australia’s beekeepers and their many workers, who may be small in number but have a HUGE impact in the production and security of our food supply.  

Some 2/3 of all the food we eat first requires honey bees to pollinate the plant’s flowers to allow the fruit, vegetable, seed or nut to grow.  Honey bees also contribute to the meat we eat with some livestock feed crops dependent on pollination. 

On 20th November (and every day) celebrate Australia’s beekeepers for the work they do in not only bringing you honey for your toast and pancakes but also securing the production of much of the food we all enjoy every day.  Beekeepers use their skill and knowledge of honey bees and the pollination needs of individual food crops and spend large amounts of time transporting their hives to these pollination dependent plants to assist other farmers in their work of growing food for our nation.

BEEKEEPERS are SMALL in number but have a HUGE IMPACT in our everyday lives and the everyday food we eat. 
the humble HONEY BEE and the BEEKEEPERS who care for them.  

Checking honey hives

Learn more about “The extraordinary honey bee and its impact on the food we eat” in the AgriFutures publication of October 2020

To view a collection of Honey Bee Articles visit the Primary Industries Education Foundation’s web portal,  Primezone.  
These are aligned to the Australian National School Curriculum with teacher resources from Kindergarten to Year 12.

Bee Biosecurity 
Online Talk Series

Dr Rebecca Laws
Qld Bee Biosecurity Officer (BBO)

Rebecca Laws Bee Biosecurity Officer Qld


November 2020 to April 2021

This series of educational talks, presented by Bee biosecurity officer Rebecca, will feature one online talk a month during
November & December 2020 & February, March, April 2021  

Click on the topics below to watch these talks

3 November 2020 
Taking your bees or bee products interstate 
Bee Biosecurity Officers from around the country will fill you in on all you need to know about moving and keeping bees in their state.

1 December 2020
Biosecurity, pests and diseases of native bees 
Lori Lach (James Cook University), Tobias Smith (University of Queensland) and Jenny Shanks (Plant Health Australia) will discuss what we know about pests and diseases of native bees, how maintaining good bee biosecurity for natives bees also protects honey bees.

2 February 2021
Apiary management for crop pollination 
Whether you your bees are pollenating your backyard garden or huge commercial crops, this talk will cover how to keep your bees healthy while they are working hard.  We will also cover transport and recovery of bees after big pollination events. 

2 March 2021
Less common bee viruses
Rebecca will be joined by Professor Stephen Martin from the University of Salford in the UK who will be talking about some of the bee viruses that we don’t have here yet in Australia and the impact these viruses have had overseas when introduced with the Varroa mite. 

6 April 2021
Swarms and swarming
Found a swarm and don’t know what to do?  Want to make sure your bees don’t swarm?  In this talk we will be talking all things swarming including step by step instructions on how to catch a swarm and rehive it. 

Series 2
Online Bee Biosecurity talks with Dr Rebecca Laws,
Qld Bee Biosecurity Officer

Bee biosecurity officer Rebecca presented a second series of online educational talks
during August and September 2020   

Click on the topics below to watch these talks

Series 1
Online Bee Biosecurity talks with Dr Rebecca Laws,
Qld Bee Biosecurity Officer

Queensland Bee Biosecurity Officer (BBO),
Dr Rebecca Laws
conducted the first series of bee biosecurity workshops online during May and June 2020

  Click on the topics below to watch these talks