Have your say on the next 10 years of the PMP for AFB elimination
Supporting beekeepers in their fight against AFB
Review of the National American Foulbrood Pest Management Plan
The Biosecurity Order 1998 (National American Foulbrood Pest Management Plan) is scheduled to expire on 1 April 2023. We are consulting beekeepers and will use your ideas to form a proposal for the next 10 years of AFB PMP.
What’s next in the AFB PMP consultation?
Thanks for having your say in Round 2 of the AFB PMP Consultation
Thank you to all beekeepers that participated in the second round of consultation for the future of the National American Foulbrood Pest Management Plan (AFB PMP) at the end of 2021. And special thanks to the 342 beekeepers that made submissions.
We heard you and are committed to implementing the changes that beekeepers supported. We’re also updating the proposal to align with your feedback.
Your feedback told us that the proposed changes to the AFB PMP are on the right track. It also pointed to areas where we could do better. As a result, we will make the following changes:
- Tailor training courses to meet the different training needs of commercial and hobbyist beekeepers.
- Improve training courses and providing online training options.
- Increase the proposed timeframe to notify transfers of beehive ownership from 7 to 14 days.
- Make it possible for beekeepers to apply for a Beekeeper Registration Number before registering their first apiary.
We also heard from submitters that they would like further detail on the proposed use of infringement fines. This is understandable and we will provide a detailed proposal for the use of infringement fines in round three of consultation.
The consultation process
We’re conducting three rounds of consultation with beekeepers.
Consultation Round 1: June – July 2021 (complete)
– Beekeepers were invited to share their ideas on the AFB PMP via an online survey.
Consultation Round 2: November – December 2021 (complete)
– We used your input from Round 1 to help to propose major changes to the AFB PMP. We sought your feedback through a series of webinars and interactive roadshows.
Consultation Round 3: July – September 2022
– Your Round 2 feedback has enabled us to propose detailed changes to the AFB PMP. We will then seek your feedback prior to the submission of the proposal.
Submission of Proposal: October – December 2022
Consultation timeframes are indicative only.
Round 2 Consultation (Complete)
Roadshows and webinars on the AFB PMP review took place in Nov-Dec 2021
The roadshows and webinars held throughout November and December gave beekeepers the opportunity to ask questions and give feedback on the proposed changes to the AFB PMP.
A booklet was prepared to summarise your submissions as well as the recommended changes to the AFB PMP. From your survey responses, beekeepers’ top priorities for the AFB PMP and its implementation were:
- Training, education and support
- Beekeeper commitment and practices
- Surveillance and prevention
- Enforcement and penalties
- Click here to download the booklet from round 2.
- Click here to watch a recording of the webinar held during round 2.
- Click here to view the full Analysis of Beekeeper Submissions: Summary Findings
- Click here to view the Analysis of Submissions: Qualitative Findings (Appendix 1)
- Click here to view the Analysis of Submissions: Quantitive Findings (Appendix 2)
- Click here to view the full Analysis of Beekeeper Submissions and Response.
Round 1 Consultation (Complete)
The 1st round of consultation took place in Jun-Jul 2021
Clifton King, National Compliance Manager at The Management Agency, presented in PowerPoint format at the Apiculture Conference 2021.
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