Beekeeper Registration Form

​​​​​​ ​​​Download an Application​ for Registration as a Beekeeper form

Please note – Registration as a beekeeper in Tasmania is currently voluntary and there is no cost to become registered. As part of the implementation of the Biosecurity Act 2019 (the Act), beekeeping will soon become a ‘regulated dealing’ and under the Act, a person must not engage in a regulated dealing unless they are ‘registered’.

Biosecurity Tasmania is currently developing a compulsory registration system for beekeeping in Tasmania that will include registration conditions which will need to be met. More information about this system, and further stakeholder consultation (including both commercial and recreational beekeepers) on the conditions of registration, will be undertaken in early 2022. It is anticipated that the new registration system will be in place during 2022.

You are welcome to register as a beekeeper at any time, under the current system, using the application form located below.



Please provide accurate apiary site information to ensure we can respond effectively in case of a biosecurity emergency. This is the main purpose of registration.
​Note: The document below provides important information about upcoming changes to beekeeper registration, together with some additional information of interest to beekeepers. 


Useful ​information to help you complete your registration application

​​​​American Fo​​​ul​​​​​bro​od (AFB) ho​​​ney testing

Registration fees will not apply for the 2019-20 financial year. However, all beekeepers should submit at least one honey sample per year for American Foulbrood (AFB) testing. We recommend more extensive testing to assist with AFB detection and control.

If you have more than 50 hives your honey must be tested annually for AFB. See section 10, National Bee Biosecurity Code of Practice (COP) for details of specific testing requirements.

Complete the​ Honey​ or ​Comb Sample Submission Form to request an AFB honey test:

  Honey or brood comb submission form   (269Kb)

  Honey or brood comb sample list form   (538Kb)​

Instructions are a​vailable to help you fill out this form:

  Completing an AHL Submission Form: Honey and Bee Brood Comb   (185Kb)

  • You will be invoiced directly by the Animal Health Laboratory
  • There is no limit to the number of AFB ​spacing tests you can request.

Vendor Declaration

  Beekeeper Vendor Declaration (Hives & Used Equipment)   (66Kb)

For further information on Vendor Declarations please refer to the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council (AHBIC) website.

Compliance with the Nati​​onal Bee Biosecurit​​y Code of Practice​​

Your registration as a beekeeper asks if you have complied with the National Bee Biosecurity Code of Practice (COP).

If you have more than 50 hives you must provide a Declaration of Compliance with the COP.

In addition to AFB annual testing beekeepers with more than 50 hives must also comply with section 9 of the Code to demonstrate knowledge of pest and diseases identification and management. One way to do this is by completing the Biosecurity for Beekeepers online training course. Permanent employees of commercial beekeepers can get a token to do this course for free through the Senior Biosecurity Officer (Apiary Biosecurity) - see contact details below.

The Plant Health Australia - BeeAware website provides access and a step-by-step guide to the Biosecurity for Beekeepers online training course, or go straight to the Biosecurity for Beekeepers login page on the Plant Health Australia BOLT site.


Contact

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