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.
Fire affected bee keepers can call the Agriculture and Animal Services Hotline on 1800 814 647 for emergency assistance.
With current extreme fire conditions beekeepers should ensure they are aware of critical fire safety measures when visiting apiary sites.
A summary of the drought support available to beekeepers is available in the Managing your Hives section of this site.
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.
From 1 July 2020, all NSW beekeepers will need to adhere to the Australian Honey Bee Industry Code of Practice as a condition of registration.
This means from 1 July 2020, as a beekeeper there are new minimum standards you need to meet related to:
Visit Beekeeper registration for more information on how we are supporting industry to make the change.