Created in 1900 by the ‘The Sugar Experiment Stations Act of 1900’ , the Bureau of Sugar Experiment Stations (BSES) was under the supervision of the Queensland Minister for Agriculture and Stock.
Principal provider of research and development
To increase the productivity, profitability and sustainability of the sugar industry
To conduct, arrange for, or fund research and extension about any matter related to the breeding, production, harvesting, transport and processing of cane and related activities
To participate in investigating and evaluating the requirements for research relating to the growing of cane in Queensland
Under the Plant Protection Act 1989 to prevent, control and eradicate pest infestation of cane
1900 – Director appointed and the Sugar Fund established. The Director was to report each year to the Minister on the administration of the Sugar Fund and the condition of the sugar industry in Queensland.
1938 - Disease Control Boards established after overhaul of Act. This Act incorporated relevant sections of the Diseases in Plants Act tailored to the sugar industry requirements including quarantine regulations and the annual gazettal of approved and non- approved varieties. Local Cane Disease Control Boards were also established.
1951 – BSES was removed from the supervision of the Minister for Agriculture and Stock and a four member board was appointed by the Governor in Council. The board consisted of the Minister, the Under Secretary, a nominee of The Queensland Cane Growers Council and a nominee of The Australian Sugar Producers Association Limited.
1991 - Administration of the BSES came under the Sugar Industry Act 1991.
1997 - The name of the Board was changed to the Bureau of Sugar Experiment Stations Board
2001/2002 – Five BSES Regional Planning and Advisory Committees (RPACs) were established to provide industry with local representation.
In 2003, a steering committee was appointed by Minister for Primary Industries, the Honourable Henry Palaszczuk, in order to progress transforming BSES into an incorporated, industry-owned entity.
In 2003 the Sugar Industry and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2003 was introduced to amend the Sugar Industry Act 1999 to transfer the functions of the Bureau of Sugar Experiment Stations (BSES) to a private industry-owned company limited by guarantee.
In the Queensland Government Gazette of 29 August, 2003, under Section 251 of the Sugar Industry Act 1999, 1 September 2003 was fixed as the transfer day for the transfer of the assets and liabilities of the Bureau of Sugar Experiment Stations to BSES Limited.