South Australian Beekeepers


Information for Beekeepers in South Australia

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 South Australia and put them all in one place.

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

State Registration

Beekeeper Registration – Any person who keeps honeybees is required to register as a beekeeper every 12 months. You must register regardless of the, number of hives, purpose for keeping honeybees (i.e. you must register even if only keeping one hive in the backyard for interest), type of hives including: observation hives, nucleus hives, Top bar hives, Warre hives, and Flow hives.

Reporting a Notifiable Bee Disease or an Exotic Bee Pest

Useful Links and Resources

State Association

  • South Australian Apiarists’ Association – The South Australian Apiarists’ Association is a useful resource to help all beekeepers, from the hobbyist beekeeper with one hive, to the semi-commercial beekeeper hoping to take the next step towards financial dependence, to the full-time commercial beekeeper.

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.

Did you know; Beekeepers with 50 or more hives must successfully complete a course in honeybee pest and disease management approved by the Chief Inspector. Find out more here.

General Information

Agriculture South Australia. – Agriculture South Australia is a vast resource for the beekeeper, with information on policies and standard operating procedures, biosecurity, 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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