Beekeeper registration

Bees are amazing animals that play a critical role in global food security as well as providing income to professional beekeepers and enjoyment to hobbyists the world over. However, bees are constantly under threat from a range of devastating pests and diseases, many that are not present in Australia, as well as the impacts of chemicals and pollution.

Beekeeper registration is compulsory under the NSW Biosecurity Act 2015. If you keep bees, you must register with NSW DPI. Compulsory registration is a critical tool to help DPI effectively respond to and combat incursions of unwanted pests and diseases including Varroa and tracheal mites. In the event of an incursion, compulsory registration assists DPI in contacting beekeepers and locating hives that may require treatment or inspection. Registration is also a tool to ensure beekeepers in NSW are kept up to date with emerging biosecurity issues.

Importantly, registration comes with requirements that the beekeeper must meet. These requirements help to ensure that the biosecurity of our bees is protected.

How to register?

Click on the following links to register or renew your registration through Service NSW.


Register online (for new beekeepers) Renew online (for registered beekeepers)


Alternatively, you can complete the Application for registration as a beekeeper form (PDF, 152.1 KB) and send this with your payment to:

Beekeeper registrations
Department of Primary Industries
PO Box 232
Taree, NSW, 2430

Further information
Tel: 02 6552 3000
Fax: 02 6552 7239
Email: bfs.admin@dpi.nsw.gov.au