BeeMAX beekeeper registration and hive disposal
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Registration as a beekeeper
Anyone who keeps one or more hives of bees in Victoria is required to register with Agriculture Victoria as a beekeeper.
Registration enables the department to conduct disease prevention and control programs for the benefit of beekeepers. This includes the mailing of helpful information from time to time.
There is no charge for registration when a person keeps up to 5 hives and registers online using our website.
In all other cases, a fee applies for registration as follows:
- where a person keeps up to five hives and does not register online but registers and pays using a paper application form – $30.00.
- where a person keeps at least six hives but not more than 50 hives – $30.00.
- where a person keeps 51 or more hives – 60 cents per hive.
BeeMAX beekeeper registration and surveillance database
Agriculture Victoria has launched the new BeeMAX beekeeper registration and surveillance database, to help all beekeepers work with government to protect our valuable apiary industry.
BeeMAX is free quick and easy to use. All beekeepers will need a BeeMAX account to register as a beekeeper for the first time, or to renew their beekeeper registration.
Once you have created your BeeMAX account you can update your contact details, hive numbers and apiary site locations in real time.
Best of all, the electronic diary function in BeeMAX is a one stop shop to record all your biosecurity activities and observations including;
- pest and disease inspections and testing
- swarm collection data
- the movement of bees and equipment and
- biosecurity training completed.
Keeping a record of your biosecurity activities is now mandatory and using the electronic diary in BeeMAX is one way to meet your record keeping obligations in the Livestock Disease Control Regulations 2017.
BeeMAX will strengthen Victoria’s bee biosecurity by combining multiple existing databases used by beekeepers and Agriculture Victoria apiary staff. It will facilitate the sharing of information between more than 9000 Victorian beekeepers and government in real time.
Reporting and analysis of real-time beekeeper and surveillance data is important to help us identify trends and increase our understanding of potential or actual threats to bee health and the apiary industry like an exotic pest or disease outbreak such as varroa.
For more information on BeeMAX see our factsheets:
- Factsheet: BeeMAX beekeeper registration and surveillance database (PDF - 1.1 MB)
- Factsheet: BeeMAX beekeeper registration and surveillance database (WORD - 827.8 KB)
If you are having trouble with your BeeMAX account call the Beekeeper Registrar on 1800 356 761.
Certificate of registration
A certificate of registration is issued by the Bees Registrar. It shows the beekeeper's registered number (brand) allotted by the department and the expiry date.
Persons who register online can print their certificate of registration.
Renewal of registration
Registration is for a period of two years, after which it must be renewed.
The department will routinely forward application forms to beekeepers before the end of the two-year registration period by email or by post.
Contact the Bees Registrar on 1800 356 761 if you don't receive a renewal of registration form.
Apply for registration as a beekeeper
Register or renew online using BeeMAX or use our application form.
When you want to sell or dispose of bee hives, please complete a Notice of disposal of hives (WORD - 46.6 KB) and mail to the:
Bendigo Delivery Centre
Or fax to: (03) 5430 4505 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.