Honey bees play an essential role in agriculture, not only producing honey and beeswax but also pollinating a vast number of food crops.
Beekeeping is a unique primary industry, depending on native flora for about 80% of its production. Nectar and pollen are produced seasonally and beekeepers must often move their hives large distances to be successful.
NSW DPI's role is to provide support to the apiary industry through the provision of extension officers, research scientists, diagnostic laboratories, beekeeping courses and regulatory services. See Primefact 902 NSW DPI services to beekeepers for more information (currently under revision).
October is AFB Awareness month
AFB Awareness Month is a joint initiative between NSW DPI and the Amateur Beekeepers Association NSW, the North Shore Beekeepers Association, NSW Apiarists' Association and Steritech. The aim is to highlight awareness of AFB and promote best management practices.
To report American foulbrood (AFB) and other notifiable bee pests and diseases
An exotic bee, bee pest or disease is a pest from overseas that is not found in Australia. Examples include varroa, Asian honey bee and Africanised honey bee.
To report a suspect exotic bee or exotic bee pest or disease
As of 1 July 2017, the Apiaries Act 1985 is replaced by the NSW Biosecurity Act 2015. For further information visit the Biosecurity legislation page.