Biosecurity requirements

This video is about the theory aspects of biosecurity. We will go through practical aspects (such as how to check for pests and diseases) in the hive inspection videos.

Kep Points

  • You must register as a beekeeper. The main aim of registering is to control the spread of pests and diseases. Check the details with your relevant state or territory governing body.
  • Your hive registration number must be clearly visible on all of your hives.
  • Download the code of practice from the BeeAware website here. Every beekeeper should be familiar with the code.
  • Visit the BeeAware website for further information
  • Take the BOLT Biosecurity course here. (Mandatory for beekeepers with 50 or more hive but we recommend every beekeeper take this free course.)
  • To complete the online varroa mite training course created by Tocal College click here.

State/Territory governing bodies as at 2023

  • ACT – Access Canberra 
  • NSW – Department of Primary Industries (DPI)
  • QLD – Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (Biosecurity Queensland)
  • NT – NT.GOV.AU
  • WA – Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD)
  • SA – Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIR)
  • VIC – Agriculture Victoria
  • TAS – Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (Biosecurity Tasmania)

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