Wednesday, September 15, 2021

DPIRD Rules and regulations around buying and selling bees / nucleus colonies / NUCs in WA Australia

 Important Notice to all our customers in regards to purchasing bees

BE WORTH IT has recently been contacted by the Departement of Primary Industries (DPIRD) during their general and annual reminder for all vendors selling queens, bee hives and NUCs / nucleus colonies and ensuring all sellers of bees are up to date with the current legislation going into the new season.

Please read below rules which apply when purchasing bees.


Hence it is MANDATORY you inform us of your beekeeping identifier within our online form when submitting your orders on our website found here

Departement of Primary Industries (DPRID) is reminding people to the following rules, when it comes to selling and purchasing bees:

Legislation found here:

Biosecurity and Agriculture Management (Identification and Movement of Stock and Apiaries) Regulations 2013:

Please find the rules below:

1.   A person must not be or become a beekeeper unless the person is a registered beekeeper.

2.   Check the buyers are registered bee keepers – i.e. validate the persons brand identifier is matching the persons name.

>  Whilst a person has 7 days to apply their brand / markings after taking possession of bees it is an offence to sell bees to a unregistered beekeeper.

> The date that each super was first used must be written on each super in indelible ink

3.   Seller and buyer must maintain a record of the sale or change or movement of an apiary. Note regulation 210 and provide this to an apiary inspector on request.

4.   Brand markings are mandatory on temporary NUCs / corflute boxes when ownership changes. DPIRD is in the process of clarifying how this will be achieved in a practical way. 
Meanwhile it is suggested to brand/mark the outside and inside of the cornflute box / temporary NUC box with your brand identifier in an indelible way. 

The buyer must strike the mark (brand) so it can still be read and apply their own in an indelible way.      

> Where nuc boxes are returned ownership had not changed thought DPIRD suggested strong biosecurity measures be in place where this practice is in use.

(At BE WORTH IT will not exchange hive material, our bees only leave our premise and do not return)

5.   DPIRD encourages all retail and wholesale seller of bees and queens or those that supply you, are compliant with the National Bee Biosecurity Code of Practices

DPIRD's rule combinations of Rule 1 and then Rule 3 make it fairly clear. Hence DPIRD makes it also very clear to sellers that selling to non-registered beekeepers is an offence and can be fined with up to 2000$ for the seller as well as the buyer to as much as it is an offence for them to have bees and not be registered. 

Biosecurity and Agriculture Management (Identification and Movement of Stock and Apiaries) Regulations 2013 – Bee Extract

205. Successive owners of hives

A beekeeper who owns a hive to which an identifier of one or more previous owners is applied must —

(a) identify the hive, or cause it be identified, with his or her registered identifier for hives applied immediately below the last preceding owner’s identifier; and

(b) cancel the last preceding owner’s identifier, or cause it to be cancelled, by burning, carving or scoring a straight line through it.

Penalty: a fine of $2 000.

206. Altered or defaced identifiers

(1) A person must not, except to cancel an identifier under regulation 205, alter, deface or otherwise render indistinguishable an identifier on a hive.

Penalty: a fine of $5 000.

(2) Any hive bearing an identifier that is altered, defaced or otherwise rendered indistinguishable, except an identifier cancelled under regulation 205, is to be 
regarded as not identified in accordance with these regulations.

207. Possession of unidentified hives

A person must not, without lawful excuse, be in possession or control of a hive unless it is identified with a registered identifier in accordance with these regulations.

Penalty: a fine of $5 000.

209. Establishment and movement of apiaries

(1) A beekeeper who establishes a new apiary or who removes an apiary, or part of apiary, from one site to another site must, within the period specified in sub-regulation

(2), make a written record of the establishment of the new apiary or of the removal of the apiary, or part of the apiary, to the other site.

Penalty: a fine of $2 000.

(2) The beekeeper must comply with subregulation (1) as soon as practicable after the establishment of the new apiary or the removal of the apiary, or part of the apiary, to the other site.

(3) A beekeeper must retain a record made under subregulation (1) for not less than 7 years after the record is made.

Penalty: a fine of $2 000.

210. Lease, supply or disposal of apiaries

(1) A beekeeper must not supply, lease or otherwise dispose of an apiary, or part of an apiary, to another person unless —

(a) the person has given the beekeeper the person’s —

(i) name and postal address; and

(ii) registered identifier for hives;


(b) the beekeeper has —

(i) confirmed, by reference to the register, that the person is the registered owner of the identifier for hives; and

(ii) made a written record of that confirmation.

Penalty: a fine of $2 000.

(2) A beekeeper must retain a record made under regulation 210(1)(b)(ii) for not less than 7 years after the record is made.

Penalty: a fine of $2 000.


My apologies for bombarding you with above lawyers talk, but it seems relevant all parties, buyer and sellers understand the legislation and know where to look up the latest changes of the legislation.  Above text should not be taken as effective legislation, it is rather to be used as a starting point, of your investigating the effective rules.



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