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  • 8 Jun 2024 5:06 PM | Andrew Wootton (Administrator)

    The VAA has a new logo following the rebranding exercise undertaken over the last  6 months.  After extensive workshops and stakeholder consultation, the VAA board was delighted to unveil our new look at the 2024 Annual Conference. There was overwhelming support from members for the project - which continues.....

  • 28 May 2024 4:16 PM | Andrew Wootton (Administrator)

    The Bendigo Branch Field Day 2024 will be on Sunday October 13th at Harcourt Rec Reserve.  Details are available here.

  • 25 Apr 2024 9:49 AM | Andrew Wootton (Administrator)

    A short message from Prof Cameron Jack, keynote speaker at the annual conference.

  • 24 Apr 2024 5:26 PM | Andrew Wootton (Administrator)

    Exciting news for Bendigo beekeeping enthusiasts: Melbourne Polytechnic is bringing its Certificate III in Beekeeping (AHC31818) to you!

    Location: Peppergreen Farm at 40-44 Thunder Street, North Bendigo.

    We're rolling in with our state-of-the-art beekeeping truck

    Get ready to dive into the world of bees, learn essential techniques and discover the crucial role these pollinators play in our ecosystem. This is your chance to gain hands-on experience and be part of something truly remarkable!

    For more information visit today

  • 22 Mar 2024 6:29 PM | Andrew Wootton (Administrator)

    Recordings from the conference are now available for viewing.  There is a site page here with details or you can go straight to the VAA YouTube channel here.

  • 17 Mar 2024 12:12 PM | Andrew Wootton (Administrator)

    Please note that recruitment is now underway for a number of Varroa Development Officers (VDO’s) to be employed in a casual capacity, and two Senior Varroa Development Officers (SVDO) to be employed in a full time fixed term capacity.

    Advertisements for jobs are now live on both the Career@VicGov and SEEK websites, with a closing date for all applications of 31 March 2024.

  • 14 Dec 2023 3:51 PM | Andrew Wootton (Administrator)

    The Centre for Rural Criminology (UNE) has recently launched the Australian Farm Crime Survey, the first of its kind in nearly twenty years. Please see a link to the survey here:

    We need to hear from more farmers across Australia!

    Please (re)circulate the information below within your networks. Our objective is to gather representative insights from each state, allowing us to better understand farm crime across the country and develop effective solutions.

    We recognise that supporting this survey means giving up some of your valuable time. To streamline this process, we've developed guidelines for sharing the survey and a selection of media materials you can use (see below). You're also welcome to adapt these resources to fit your network's requirements best. These can be downloaded from the following link: click here

    Thank you for your consideration and support. We would be more than happy to discuss this survey with you and, of course, share the survey results and official report upon completion. You can reach us via email at or directly at +61 2 6773 1940

    Together, let's shape a safer future for our rural communities.

    Warm Regards, Dr. Kyle Mulrooney and Dr. Alistair Harkness

    Link to survey:

  • 5 Dec 2023 10:42 AM | Andrew Wootton (Administrator)

    Details here

  • 2 Dec 2023 4:33 PM | Andrew Wootton (Administrator)

    'It's basically dead': AI reveals the legacy of decades of logging

    An AI-based analysis of 20 years of logging by VicForests, shared exclusively with the ABC, shows for the first time, the potential scale of failed regeneration in Victoria's state forests.Read the full story

  • 2 Dec 2023 4:20 PM | Andrew Wootton (Administrator)

    Following the resignation of previous Bee Biosecurity Officer (BBO) Ally Driessen, I am pleased to announce the appointment of our new Victorian BBO Karyn Di Florio.

    Karyn brings with her a wealth of departmental and general agricultural knowledge and experience, particularly from the plant biosecurity space. She has completed several secondments with the apiary team and deployments with the State Quarantine Response Team as a team leader. Most recently Karyn has filled the position of Permits Officer for the Varroa Project team for the last 12months. She lives in Melbourne where she keeps one hive.

    The National Bee Biosecurity Program funds the appointment of a Bee Biosecurity Officer (BBO) in each of the state departments (QLD, NSW, VIC, TAS, SA, WA). Further information on the program can be found here National Bee Biosecurity Program – Plant Health Australia.

    Nikki Jones, Biosecurity Manager Apiary

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