This note is not part of the order, but is intended to indicate its general effect.
This order, which comes into force 28 days after the date of its notification in the Gazette, amends the Biosecurity (National American Foulbrood Pest Management Plan) Order 1998 (the principal order).
The amendments made by this order, among other things,—
redefine moveable-frame hive to mean a beehive from which any frame or comb that forms part of the beehive may be easily removed for visual inspection without causing damage to that frame or comb:
provide a new primary objective of the plan, which is to manage American foulbrood so as to reduce the reported incidence of the disease by an average of 5% each year:
provide an overview of the obligations of the management agency and beekeepers under the principal order:
require, as one of the conditions that must be met before a beekeeper and the management agency enter into or amend a Disease Elimination Conformity Agreement, the beekeeper to have passed a course in American foulbrood recognition:
require the management agency to monitor on an annual basis the level of American foulbrood in beehives owned by beekeepers holding a Certificate of Inspection Exemption:
require the management agency to audit a beekeeper's compliance with his or her obligations if the agency has reasonable grounds to suspect that the beekeeper has submitted misleading, inaccurate, or false statements to the agency or there is a significant or recurring failure by the beekeeper to comply with an obligation (previously the agency was required to audit beekeepers' compliance on an annual basis):
enable the management agency to audit a beekeeper's compliance with his or her obligations in any area that the agency considers has a high or persistent incidence of American foulbrood.
Date of notification in Gazette: 8 August 2013.
This order is administered by the Ministry for Primary Industries.