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.

Position Vacant -DPI Bee Biosecurity Officer - Closing date 7th March 2017

DPI are currently recruiting for the Bee Biosecurity Officer.

They are seeking to appoint a Bee Biosecurity Officer to deliver the NSW component of the national Bee Biosecurity Program. You will attend and be an active participant at agricultural events, such as field days and farm tours, where you will be responsible for increasing awareness of bee biosecurity and priority key pest threat. These events will act as an ideal opportunity to distribute information among bee keepers and other industry participants to facilitating biosecurity best practice.

You will successfully overcome the challenge of gaining the attention of the community in a space that is impacted by many important issues and effectively communicate information and technical advice to diverse target groups on how to improve bee biosecurity. An ability to collaborate with key industry stakeholders and businesses will facilitate in recruiting volunteers to participate in exotic pest surveillance.
To be successful in this role you will have an in depth knowledge and understanding of bee biosecurity issues and the honey bee industry and also hold a valid drivers license.

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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

When:  May 2017 | Ballina NSW

For more information please contact the State Office

Annual Conference

Location: Ballina (for information about Ballina visit Discover Ballina.)

Dates: Thursday 18th & Friday 19th May 2017 


Have you been a victim of the fires?

NSWAA send our thoughts to those affected by the recent bush fires. 

DPI are seeking information from people who have been effected by the fires through loss of hives or land as they collate stock damage.

Please contact Alex Russell on 6881 1208 to find out more information or report losses to 1800 814 645.

2017 Conference

The theme for this years conference is "Developing Pollination Markets for Beekeepers".

The annual conference is a highlight on the calendar of commercial beekeepers and NSWAA have a reputation for delivering an event that features renowned expert speakers of particular relevance to the industry today. 

A limited number of partnership packages are still available, if you are interested in a partnership package dont miss out! Contact the State Office asap!