NSW Apiarists' Association

The New South Wales Apiarists' Association Inc. (NSWAA) is the state peak body for commercial beekeepers.

The NSWAA is committed to ensuring the future of the beekeeping industry, and the Executive Council represents its members in liaison with government, media and the general community.

We need beekeepers.

While the beekeeping industry is a relatively small one, it plays a crucial role within the agricultural sector of NSW, and all across Australia. Bees are essential not just for the production of honey and other hive products, but also for pollination of the food crops that feed us and our livestock.

Globally, one mouthful in three depends on honey bees! Commercial production of many foods like almonds and other tree nuts, berries, fruits, vegetables and their seeds, are dependent on honey bees for pollination.

In Australia, two thirds of our Nation's agricultural output benefits from the pollination services of honey bees!

Our Association plays a crucial role in ensuring that we have a viable and sustainable beekeeping industry in NSW.


NSW is Australia's biggest beekeeping state

It is estimated that the NSW beekeeping industry contribute around $36 million annually to the state's economy through the production of honey, bees wax and other hive products. While the pollination services provided by honey bees are estimated at $4-6 billion nationally.

There are currently around 3,000 registered beekeepers in NSW, which represents about 45 per cent of Australia’s beekeeping industry.

The NSW Apiarists’ Association and its members are committed to ensuring the future of beekeeping in Australia.



Upcoming Events

Next Executive Committee Meeting

28th November 2017 | Sydney 


2018 AGM 

26th June 2018 | Gold Coast

2018 AGM

26th June 2018 | Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast.

In accordance with the directive of members attending the 2017 conference, the executive have ratified to hold the 2018 AGM at the Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast in conjunction with the 3rd Australian Bee Congress which will be held from the 27th to 30th June 2018. 

The AGM is for members only and although there will be no registration fee, members attending MUST register before 20th June 2018. Registration will be available online from 1st March 2018.

Notices of motions must be received before 20th June 2018. 

Nominations for the executive committee must be received by the Secretary not less than 3 weeks prior to the AGM.


Beekeepers and Biosecurity

Registration is still compulsory for all people who keep honey bees (Apis mellifera), even if you only have 1 hive. Existing registrations under the Apiaries Act will continue under the new Biosecurity Act. When your current registration expires, you will need to apply for a new registration with NSW DPI.