European honeybees have enormous wild populations in Australia which compete with native insects and birds for nectar and pollen. They are often the dominant visitors to native flowers, greatly outnumbering all native visitors, suggesting very substantial impacts. In the northern half of Australia the giant honeybee could become another introduced bee that competes with native visitors to flowers.
Giant honeybees are regularly intercepted at Australia’s borders. At an inquiry into biosecurity the interceptions from 2009-2014 there were multiple interceptions each year
It has been intercepted at Australia’s borders on several occasions, including with nests on ships found in 2015 and 2016.