Bee Biosecurity

​​​​​​Information on the importation of bees, honey and apiary products and diseases that infect bees.

In this Topic

  • Varroa mite
    Varroa mites (Varroa jacobsoni and V. destructor) are the most serious pest affecting honey bees worldwide.
  • Import Requirements for Queen Bees and Apiary Products
    Entry requirements for importing Bees into Tasmania. Note: Honey comb, used apiary equipment (including bee suits and gloves), and packaged bees may not be imported.
  • Beekeeper Registration Form
    Registration Form for Beekeepers, and information to help people complete their applications.
  • Beekeeper Registration
    Developing a compulsory beekeeping registration
  • General Biosecurity Direction - Apiaries
    Transitional arrangements under the Biosecurity Act 2019, known as a General Biosecurity Direction (BD), have been put in place.
  • AHBIC National Bee Biosecurity Program
    The National Bee Biosecurity Program (NBBP) is a national biosecurity partnership between the honey bee industry, represented by the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council (AHBIC), Plant Health Australia (PHA), and state governments around Australia.
  • National Bee Pest Surveillance Program
    The National Bee Pest Surveillance Program is an early warning system to detect new incursions of exotic bee pests and pest bees.
  • Codes of Practice
    This Code of Practice for Urban Beekeeping has been developed by members of the Southern Beekeepers Association Inc (SBA) (also known as the Southern Branch of the Tasmanian Beekeepers Association). The Tasmanian Crop Pollination Association has developed a voluntary Code of Practice (COP) that can be used as a guide for contracting pollination services.
  • Embargo on Beekeeping Equipment
    Tasmania has introduced movement restrictions on used bee equipment into the State.
  • Small Hive Beetle
    The Small Hive Beetle originated from South Africa and can cause death of the hive and damage to beekeeping equipment.
  • Small Hive Beetle Surveillance
    Information on how to collect and send suspect beetles for identification.
  • Exporting honey, honeycomb and other apiary products
    To advise exporters and inspectors of the protocol for the treatment of comb honey for export from Tasmania to Mainland Australia, to ensure the comb is free of the bee parasite Braula coeca.
  • Further Information and Important Reading
    Links to important reading and further information for Beekeeper's

See also:

 Health Certificate for the Importation of Queen European Honey Bees (DOCX 45Kb)

 Health Certificate for the Importation of Bees Wax (DOCX 47Kb)​

​ Import Risk Analysis on the Importation of Queen Bees (PDF 3Mb)

Complete a form to report an Apiary Pest or Disease:

 Apiary Pest or Disease Notification Form (141Kb)

Report abandoned or neglected hives to:


Senior Biosecurity Officer (Apiary Biosecurity)
Karla Williams
Biosecurity Operations Branch
Biosecurity Tasmania
13 St. Johns Avenue
New Town TAS 7008
Mobile: 0407 436 230