Honey bees and beekeeping

Rules about moving bees, equipment and products

The import of bees, apiary equipment and bee products including honey is strictly controlled to prevent the spread of diseases.

Under the Livestock Act 2008 and Livestock Regulations 2015, you are not allowed to bring beehives including used brood boxes, supers and nucleus hives into the Northern Territory (NT).

You must arrange for a health certificate to be completed for other allowable bees or bee-related products. Unpasturised honey is also not allowed to enter the Northern Territory.

Importing from interstate

To import into the NT from within Australia, you must apply for a health certificate.

You must do this before you import. To apply, follow these steps:

Step 1. Fill in the relevant form:

Health certificate form for bee products and equipment DOCX (53.9 KB)

Health certificate form for package bees DOCX (64.9 KB)

Health certificate form for queen bees and escorts. DOCX (53.9 KB)

Step 2. Submit your form by email to plantbiosecurity@nt.gov.au.

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Last updated: 12 November 2021

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