Registration of Beekeepers - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this registration if you intend to operate as a beekeeper and keep one or more hives of bees. Registration allows the Agency to conduct disease prevention and control programs that are beneficial for all beekeepers. Each registered beekeeper is issued a unique brand. All hives controlled by the registered beekeeper must be marked with this brand.

If you are introducing any bees, bee products, pollen or used beekeeping fittings from another State or Territory of Australia you must complete a document certifying disease-free status and compliance with the regulations. This document must be certified by a government apiary officer.

Written approval from the Agency is required if you are importing from a quarantine area or restricted movement area. Approval will only be granted if it is unlikely to lead to the transmission of disease.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this registration, you must:

  • ensure all safety and health precautions are undertaken
  • complete any relevant forms
  • pay the registration fee.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Ongoing requirements

You will be required to lodge a notification if you dispose of some or all of your hives. Notifications must be lodged within seven days of the disposal. Other ongoing notifications may be required.


Two years.


30 June.


ApplyApplication1 to 5 hives (register and pay online). Fees for 2016-17.
Application$30.001 to 5 hives (paper registration). Fees for 2016-17.
Application$30.006 to 50 hives. Fees for 2016-17.
Application$0.6051 or more hives (fee per hive). Fees for 2016-17.

Administering agency

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

Act(s) name

Livestock Disease Control Act 1994 (Victoria)

Regulation(s) name

Livestock Disease Control Regulations 2006 (Victoria)

Contact details

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

Mailing address:
PO Box 2500

Toll Free:

1800 356 761


03 5430 4505

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