New South Wales Beekeepers


Information for Beekeepers in New South Wales

Here at Nuplas, we believe in better beekeeping, and there’s no better way to improve in all aspects of beekeeping than with the help of your community. With that in mind, we’ve gathered the most valuable resources for apiarists in NSW and put them all in one place.

Below you’ll find everything you’ll need, from links on registering to be a beekeeper in New South Wales, to specialised beekeeper traineeships, to biosecurity and much more.

State Registration

Beekeeper Registration – To register as a new beekeeper in NSW, or to renew or update your registration, follow the link to the NSW Government web page. Anyone who keeps honey bees in New South Wales is required by law to register with NSW DPI.

Reporting a Notifiable Bee Disease or an Exotic Bee Pest

Useful Links and Resources

State Association

  • New South Wales Apiarists’ Association – The New South Wales Apiarists’ Association Inc. (NSWAA) is the state peak body for commercial beekeepers. They are committed to ensuring the future of the beekeeping industry, and represents its members in liaison with government, media and the general community.
  • Amateur Beekeepers Association of NSW – The ABA is an essential resource to the amateur beekeeper, with their objective being to help members develop their knowledge and skills as beekeepers, and generally to promote the importance of bees and benefits of beekeeping as a hobby.

Identifying Pests and Disease

  • Bee Aware – Follow the link to find information on a variety of common and exotic pests of the honey bee, the impact these pests can have on the industry and the important role the beekeeper has in protecting the honey bee. Every beekeeper should be familiar with established pests, the symptoms they cause and how to control them.

Beekeeper Training

Do you want to become a beekeeper? Do you want to improve your skills and knowledge about bees and the Australian beekeeping industry?

  • Certificate III in Beekeeping – Follow the link for more on how to become a beekeeper, plus information on how to improve your skills and knowledge about bees and the Australian beekeeping industry. You can also find a wealth of resources on training that will improve your management skills and other specialised beekeeping traineeships.
  • Tocal College – Tocal College, a Centre of Excellence within NSW Department of Primary Industries, also offers Certificate III in Beekeeping. You can also email expressions of interest to: [email protected]
  • Bee Biosecurity Online Training – As well as being a wonderful resource on the honey bee, Plant Health Australia also offers Bee Biosecurity Online Training through several short online courses.

General Information

Further info on Beekeeping in NSW  The NSW Government web page is a vast resource for the beekeeper, with information on pollination, policy and compliance, biosecurity code of practice, and a wonderful guide for all your apiary needs. You can register as a beekeeper here too.

Apiary Officers

State Apiary Officers – Follow the link for a complete list of Australia’s Apiary Officers.

Code of Practice and National Bee Biosecurity Program

Code of Practice and National Bee Biosecurity Program – The Australian Honey Bee Industry Council of Australia (AHBIC) represents industry policy at all levels of government, private enterprise and the public.

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