Honey bees and beekeeping

Rules about moving bees, equipment and products


American foulbrood (AFB) disease has been found in the Northern Territory.

If you suspect your hives are infected, you must call Biosecurity on 1800 084 881 or email quarantine@nt.gov.au.

Read more about AFB.

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

You're not allowed to bring beehives including used brood boxes, supers and nucleus hives into the Northern Territory (NT).

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:

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

Importing from overseas

To import into the NT from overseas, go to the Australian Government's Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment website.

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Last updated: 08 April 2021

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