When getting started as a beekeeper you need to be familiar with the rules, regulations and obligations associated with beekeeping.Responsible beekeeping is not simply a matter of hosting bee colonies in hives and putting them in your backyard.
If you want to keep one or more hives of bees in Victoria you must:
1. Register as a beekeeper with the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR). Registration must be renewed every 24 months.
2. Comply with the Apiary Code of Practice, May 2011 by the VictorianDepartment ofPlanning andCommunityDevelopment(DPCD)
3. Comply with the regulations defined in a set of Agriculture Notes, especially AG1100 by Agriculture Victoria
The rules and regulations associated with beekeeping are not difficult to understand and follow.
The Agriculture Victoriawebsite holds information about beekeeping and provides links to a number of important documents, among them the following "Agriculture Notes":
The Livestock Disease Control Act 1994 and Livestock Disease Control Regulations 2006 provide the legal basis for monitoring and control of diseases of animals and bees in Victoria. These notes explain the sections of the Act that apply to beekeeping.