Rules for Moving Bees, Apiary Products and Used Apiary Equipment

​​​​​​​​Import Restrictions

General Biosecurity Direction (Emergency)

Due to the current situation of Varroa mite (Varroa destructor) in NSW, the Tasmanian Chief Veterinary Officer has put in place an extension to the General Biosecurity Direction (Emergency) to further prevent the introduction of this honeybee parasite into Tasmania.

This Direction is in effect as of 12 am on Sunday 7 January 2024 ​ and remains in effect for six (6) months, unless it is revoked earlier. The Direction prohibits the import into Tasmania of any:​

  • ​European honey bee (Apis mellifera​); or
  • any animal product produced by, or from, a European honey bee other than commercially produced bee pro​ducts such as honey filtered to a maxi​mum 2 mm pore size and melted refined beeswax, or another process approved by the Chief Plant Protection Officer; or
  • any used beekeeping equipment; or
  • any other thing that may reasonably be suspected of being a carrier of bees, or any pest or disease that may affect bees. ​

​​This extension has been put in place as NSW transitions their varroa mite response from eradication to management. Once completed, ongoing risk analysis work being conducted at both the national and state levels will inform future imports of bees, bee products and beekeeping equipment into Tasmania. While this General Biosecurity Direction (Emergency) remains in place, producers will need to continue sourcing queen bees from within Tasmania.​​

​Extension of General Biosecurity Direction
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Restrictions due to small hive beetle

In November 2002, Tasmania introduced movement restrictions on used bee equipment into the state because of the discovery of small hive beetle in New South Wales and Queensland. Small hive beetle is an exotic pest of honey bee hives in Tasmania and is endemic to Southern Africa.

Small hive beetle​ has now been found in all Australian mainland states. As a result, Tasmania will maintain import restrictions on the following: 

  • ​​packaged bees
  • used bee equipment and unprocessed beeswax

Export Requirements

Honey and other apiary products 

A health certificate for the interstate movement of honey and other apiary products is required to export honey to most Australian States. Please check with the biosecurity agency in the state you wish to export for current restrictions/certification requirements.

 Health certificate apiary related products (PDF 15Kb)

​Honeycomb ​

Due to th​e presence of Braula coeca, a flightless bee louse endemic to Tasmania, any honeycomb being sent to mainland Australia must be treated as per the protocol in the below document. The document also includes a declaration form for exporters.

 Honeycomb Export Protocol 2016 (PDF 104Kb)​

Movement Requirements Within Tasmania

Selling bees and beekeeping equipment?

If you are based in Tasmania and want to sell your bees or used beekeeping equipment to other Tasmanian beekeepers, you will need to fill out and submit a beekeeper vendor declar​ation form​. Alternatively, you can record the sale (or purchase) of bees/beekeeping equipment by making a diary entry in BeeTAS. Further instructions on how to add a diary entry can be found on page 10 of the BeeTAS User Guide.

Small hive beetle movement restrictions

​Please be aware that movement restrictions are currently in place in Northern Tasmania due to detections of small hive beetle. For more information please visit our small hive beetle webpage.

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Senior Biosecurity Officer (Apiary Biosecurity)

Julie Lupia
Biosecurity Operations Branch,
Biosecurity Tasmania,
13 St. Johns Avenue,
New Town, TAS, 7008.
Mobile: 0467 805 968