Registering your beekeeping activities in Tasmania is now compulsory
As part of the implementation of the Biosecurity Act 2019 (the Act), beekeeping is now considered a 'regulated dealing' (under Part 5, Division 3, Section 77), and under the Act a person must not engage in a regulated dealing unless they are 'registered'.
Registration is therefore compulsory for all Tasmanian beekeepers, both recreational and commercial.
The aim of compulsory beekeeper registration is to assist in the protection and maintenance of bee health across our state in line with the Biosecurity Regulations 2022, which came into effect on 2 November 2022.
There is no cost to become registered and registration will remain free until 31 March 2025.
There are new conditions associated with registration, meaning any Tasmanian beekeepers previously registered voluntarily with Biosecurity Tasmania will need to re-register using the new online form by 31 March 2023.