Beekeeping in Queensland

Alert

Varroa mite (Varroa destructor) has been detected in New South Wales.

Queensland remains free of varroa mite.

Queensland is now a varroa mite biosecurity zone. You cannot move bees, beehives, used beekeeping equipment or bee products (including unprocessed honey) into Queensland from states or territories where varroa mite has been found, without a permit.

Monitor your hives for unexpected hive deaths, deformed bees, parasites, poor brood patterns and dead brood.

Use our Bee 123 online form to report any checks you make on your hives, even if you do not have any suspect mites.

If you suspect the presence of varroa mite, you must report it to Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23 or contact the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881 our eHub for more information.

Honey bees produce honey and play a vital role in the balance of nature. Bees are especially important for pollinating agricultural and horticultural crops and the house garden.

Pollination is important for the viability of many pastoral enterprises, market gardens, orchards and seed industries. Honey production is estimated to add $129 million to the Australian agricultural and horticultural industries.

Following the best practices outlined in this guide will help you to meet the safety standards and minimum requirements of beekeeping in Queensland.

This guide explains what beekeepers need to do to meet their responsibilities to the community and the environment.