Honey bees

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 supports the apiary industry with extension officers, research scientists, diagnostic laboratories, beekeeping courses and regulatory services. NSW Government are supporting drought- affected producers.

Support for fire and drought affected beekeepers

Fire affected bee keepers can call the Agriculture and Animal Services Hotline on 1800 814 647 for emergency assistance.

A summary of the drought support available to beekeepers is available in the Managing your hives section of this site.

Australian Honey Bee Industry Code of Practice

All NSW beekeepers need to adhere to the Australian Honey Bee Industry Code of Practice as a condition of registration. Beekeepers must meet minimum standards related to:

  • Inspections
  • Disease management and reporting
  • Hive construction, branding and maintenance
  • Record keeping.

Visit Beekeeper registration for more information on how we are supporting industry to make the change.

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