Assessment of a hive based levy for the Australian honeybee industry


The Australian Honey Bee Industry Council (AHBIC) has proposed that current levies in the honeybee industry might be replaced by a unified hivebased levy. AHBIC has suggested that a hivebased levy should incorporate all beekeepers, both commercial and noncommercial, on the basis that issues such as biosecurity are a matter directly affecting all beekeepers. AHBIC has requested RIRDC to commission and manage a project to review the proposal to establish a hivebased levy, and report on its feasibility, implicaitons, and if appropriate, path to implementation.


Honey Bee

Research Organisation

Garland Outcomes Pty Ltd

Objective Summary

To review a proposal by AHBIC that the current system based on levies on sales of honey and queen bees be replaced by a unified hivebased levy on all beekeepers in Australia, and to report on whether: the proposal could meet requirements for levy establishment and introduction, and if not, how it might be amended in order to meet those requirements; and once defined, to undertake an analysis of benefits and costs within a reporting framework that identifies the processes, activities and agency involvements necessary for preparation of a formal submission to the Commonwealth.

Project Code


Project Stage


Project Start Date

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Project Completion Date

Friday, January 29, 2010

Journal Articles From Project

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National Priority

Frontier technologies for building and transforming Australian industries

National Priority

Soil, water and managing natural resources

National Priority

HBE-Identify and develop technology for improved hive performance


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A Hive-based Levy for the Honeybee Industry