Movements within NSW
The requirements for the movement of bees, hives, queens and apiary equipment within NSW depend on the type of movement.
In some cases movements will require notification to NSW DPI or the request of a permit. Check the criteria in the Types of Movements section to determine the notification system to use for the movement you plan to make.
1. Hive Movement Declarations
The Hive Movement Declaration must be completed prior to the intended move. To comply with the requirements of the movement declaration you must:
Where the destination on a hive movement declaration needs to change, the person has 72 hours to submit a new hive movement declaration with the correct locations. The new location must be compliant with the current Biosecurity Control Order.
2. Biosecurity Emergency Movement Permits
In the event an intended move is not permitted under the Control Order, you may apply for a Biosecurity Emergency Movement Permit. To apply for a permit this form must be completed - Application for Movement of bees to Move from the MEZ to SEZ OR MEZ to another MEZ within NSW on the account of Varroa Mite (PDF, 128.61 KB)
If you would like to move bees or hives outside of NSW, check with the relevant jurisdictional authority for where you plan to move to, for any movement restrictions and or requirements.
Beekeepers from Suppression Control Zones in NSW wishing to move empty hive equipment north over the border can now apply to Biosecurity Queensland. Biosecurity Queensland advise they have recommenced issuing permits for the movement of empty hives and hive parts for irradiation.
The Queensland Government are also continuing to assess other low risk movements such as the transport of full and empty supers into the state. On submission of a permit a Biosecurity Officer from the department will contact applicants and advise if the application has been successful and the conditions of the permit. To apply for a Queensland carrier permit application, visit Varroa mite carrier permit application (arcgis.com)
For all other movements not already addressed, please call the Varroa response Hotline on 1800 084 881.