Movement of bees

There are no longer any restrictions on movement of bees and hives within NSW.  As per the Code of Practice, beekeepers are required to keep records of details of movements of hives (including swarm catch boxes), including dates, numbers,
geographic locations for at least 3 years.

Movements interstate

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.

Movements of empty hive equipment to QLD

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 (

For all other movements not already addressed, please call the Varroa response Hotline on 1800 084 881.