The NSW Government is implementing a whole-of-government policy framework for the management of apiary sites on public lands, including State forests, travelling stock reserves and National Parks.
The framework will streamline administrative arrangements and support industry growth and development through:
DPI has led development of the framework in consultation with industry and the key agencies responsible for the sites - Forestry Corporation of NSW (FCNSW), Local Land Services (LLS), and the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS). The draft framework was released for public consultation from May to June 2017. A summary of feedback received is available in this Consultation Report (PDF, 618.11 KB).
The framework will be implemented progressively through the latter half of 2017 and 2018.
The policy framework will deliver multiple benefits to industry, including:
Permit term & renewals
Apiary Site Support Desk
Standard permit conditions
All existing permits that were issued before 1 October 2016 will transition to the new framework as they fall due for renewal and subject to the new annual site fee of $175. Permit holders will have a grace period of 12 months to ensure they have completed the necessary training and/or documentation to meet the compliance and usage test. More information on this test will be communicated to permit holders over the coming months.
The new framework will be implemented over the next 12 months. Key areas of work include:
Updates on progress of implementation will be provided on this page.
It is estimated that 40 per cent of apiary sites used by commercial apiarists in NSW are on public lands. The key agencies responsible for managing these sites are FCNSW, LLS and NPWS. Of the estimated 9,000 site permits issued, the current distribution is approximately 45 per cent FCNSW, 33 per cent LLS and 22 per cent NPWS.
Existing apiary policies vary between agencies. Different systems of site allocation, pricing, permit tenure and conditions have created administrative burdens and uncertainty for industry. Agencies and industry are in agreement that a consistent and transparent policy framework is needed.
In response to these concerns, DPI led the development of a whole-of-government policy framework for the management of apiary sites on public lands. The framework has been developed in consultation with relevant agencies, the NSW Apiarists’ Association (NSWAA) and individual beekeepers across the State.
The framework will streamline regulatory arrangements by establishing a standard procedure for allocation of sites, pricing, permit tenure and conditions. While individual permits will continue to be issued under the legislative framework of the relevant land manager, agencies will work together to streamline administrative procedures.