Beekeeper permits

Anyone seeking to move bees, beehives, beekeeping equipment and bee products into Victoria’s Sunraysia region, from within Victoria or from another state, must obtain a permit.

This measure has been put in place ahead of Victoria’s almond pollination season. This applies to all Victorian and interstate beekeepers.

Only permit applications for bees and hives currently in Victoria are being assessed at this time. If you’re applying from another state, there may be some delays, or please check back at a later date.

No permits will be granted for applications seeking movement from NSW.

Permits will only be granted if strict conditions are met, including testing hives for Varroa mite 14 days before consignment using sugar shake test (VIC and South Australia only – not accepted from Queensland), alcohol wash test, drone uncapping or brood uncapping inspection, making records, marking inspected hives to name a few. For conditions, see the FAQ ‘What are the permit conditions for entering the Sunraysia region?

This Order has been made to prevent the exotic Varroa mite from coming into Victoria from NSW. Currently Victoria remains free from Varroa mite.

If you cannot apply online, please email Honeybee.Permits@agriculture.vic.gov.au or phone the Customer Service Centre on 136 186

A reminder that existing certification requirements for moving bees, hives, used beekeeping equipment and bee products into Victoria still apply. For information about health certificate, see Moving bees interstate.

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Sunraysia region

Map showing sunraysia region of Victoria on the Victorian side of the Murray river, extending from Nyah in the south to the South Australian border

Page last updated: 12 Aug 2022