Beekeeping in Queensland

Alert

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

A movement control order is in place in Queensland.

You cannot move bees, beehives, used beekeeping equipment or bee products (including unprocessed honey) to Queensland 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.

Read the movement control order and visit 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.