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 Bee Biosecurity: Compliance, Awareness and Engagement.
The DPI is conducting an Expressions of Interest (EOI) for apiary sites on public public land from the 30th of January. Visit our EOI page to learn more.
Beekeeping Sites on Public Land are allocated according to the NSW Apiary Sites on Public Land Policy. The DPI is conducting a pilot where a map of potential apiary sites will be published online and interested parties can apply for those sites.
Read more about the Long Term Vacant Apiary Sites Online Pilot.
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.