Hive registration and hive marking

Registration and cancellation of registration

If you are a new beekeeper, you must register as a biosecurity entity with Biosecurity Queensland.

If you have not registered since 1 July 2016 you are no longer registered.

If you have registered since 1 July 2016, when the Biosecurity Act 2014 (The Act) came into effect, you were registered as a biosecurity entity and would have received a registered biosecurity entity confirmation/change of details notification.

The Act allows for an individual, multiple people, or a business to be registered depending on who owns the hives. A registrable biosecurity entity is allocated a hive identification number (HIN) and only 1 HIN relates to each biosecurity entity.

Your current apiary brand is now your HIN.

Find out how to update your registration details.

You can cancel your registration by logging into your biosecurity entity registration portal online account, completing and returning the application to deregister form (PDF, 33KB), or by phoning our Customer Service Centre on 13 25 23.

Hive identification numbers (HIN)

Once you're registered as a biosecurity entity, you'll receive a unique HIN to brand your hives. Each beekeeper who registers as a biosecurity entity will receive only 1 HIN.

The HIN is not transferrable to other beekeepers.

You can cancel your registration by logging into your biosecurity entity registration portal online account, completing and returning the application to deregister form (PDF, 33KB), or by phoning our Customer Service Centre on 13 25 23.

Marking or branding hives

The Act requires a beekeeper to place a HIN on 1 hive out of every 50, but we recommend that you brand all your hives as proof of ownership and to help with recovery in the event of loss or theft. This is particularly important if your hives have old brands.

You must ensure that hive markings stay legible. You must mark or brand the HIN:

  • on the front of the hive
  • in block letters, at least 25mm high.

Placement of the beehive registration number

The first HIN on a hive must be placed in the centre of the front of the hive (position 1). If a hive is already marked or branded, you must place any subsequent marks or brands of the HIN in the corners of the front of the hive in a clockwise sequence, starting from the top left hand corner (position 2).

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