Beekeeping associations

State associations

New South Wales Apiarists Association-2NSW Apiarists’ Association

New South Wales Apiarists’ Association (NSWAA) provides a means for both hobby beekeepers and commercial beekeepers in NSW to be represented through a common organisation for the welfare of the industry. The NSWAA is committed to ensuring the future of the beekeeping industry, and works many issues facing the industry, such as pest and disease management and maintaining access to key floral resources. The executive represents its members in liaison with the general community, media and government. An annual conference and communication through the publication of Honey Bee News which is published bi-monthly provides a forum for members.

Amateur Beekeepers Association of NSW

The Amateur Beekeepers Association of NSW (ABA) has over 20 affiliated local clubs spread across the state, providing information and support to over 1800 recreational beekeepers. The organisation represents noncommercial beekeepers on industry forums and lobbies for their interests. It produces The Amateur Beekeeper journal six times a year and organises field days to improve practical beekeeping skills. Members can obtain personal beekeeping insurance and join a free swarm collectors’ register. The ABA supports local clubs to help beekeepers with all levels of experience learn, keep up-to-date and share their skills. Many clubs have club apiaries where members can gain hands-on experience, a library of reference materials, and equipment that members can borrow.

 Queensland Beekeepers Association-2Queensland Beekeepers’ Association

The Queensland Beekeepers’ Association (QBA) is made up of professional apiarists and amateur beekeepers in Queensland, Australia. The QBA is committed to ensuring the future of the beekeeping industry. The Board of the QBA represents its membership in liaison with the general community, media and government. Annual conferences and regular newsletters provide a forum for members.

South Australian Apiarists Association-2South Australian Apiarists’ Association

The South Australian Apiarists’ Association was formed in 1945. It is an association of apiarists in all fields, including honey production, pollination, queen breeding and propolis and pollen collection. Members include both commercial and amateur beekeepers. An annual conference is held every year, and the Buzz newsletter is distributed quarterly to all members.

Tasmanian Beekeepers Association-2Tasmanian Beekeepers’ Association

The Tasmanian Beekeepers’ Association (TBA) is the peak apiarist’s industry organisation in Tasmania. Three regional branches operate around Tasmania. While the TBA represents beekeeper interests at the state and national level, the branches focus predominantly on the practical aspects of beekeeping, holding regular meetings and field days, and conducting beekeeping demonstrations at school fairs and agricultural shows. The branches are a valuable source of information to both new beekeepers and commercial beekeepers.

Victorian Apiarists Association-2Victorian Apiarists’ Association

The Victorian Apiarists’ Association aims to provide services, leadership and vision to its members. This includes securing access and tenure to floral resources, controlling disease and providing protection to a strong industry. We also assist with the advancement of apiculture through diversification, education, training and information and by utilising technology.  Membership consists of hobby beekeepers, semi-commercial beekeepers and full time commercial beekeepers.

Western Australia Farmers Federation Inc, Beekeepers Section-2Western Beekeepers Section – Western Australian Farmers Association

WAFarmers represents the voice of farmers throughout WA and is continually working towards a more viable, profitable and sustainable future for the agricultural industry. The Western Beekeepers Section represents majority of commercial beekeepers in the state both in number and production of honey. It is made up of a Beekeeper Executive who meet four times per year to deal with state and national policy issues affecting beekeepers in WA.

 National associations

Crop Pollination Association

The Crop Pollination Association (Vic) (CPA) is a non profit organisation with membership primarily drawn from the eastern states of Australia.
The CPA was formed to provide an avenue for beekeepers to share pollination and other related information. This information can be results of the latest research or the current or intended insecticides being used in the orchard/crop and their effects on honey bees. The aims of the CPA are to:

  • assist beekeepers to provide a professional pollination service
  • educate growers on the benefits of a paid pollination service
  • maximise pollination by paid pollination hives
  • collect and disseminate information on managed pollination.
  • assist in setting guidelines for crop requirements and stocking rates.

Wheen Bee Foundation

The Wheen Bee Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation. The Foundation was named in honour of the late Gretchen Wheen, who made an outstanding contribution to the Australian beekeeping industry for over 50 years. Its mission is to improve food security by ensuring a viable and prosperous beekeeping industry, which is essential for the honey bee pollination services and the two thirds of our crops that benefit from honey bee visits. The Wheen Bee Foundation supports and develops research, innovation, training and communication to safeguard a productive beekeeping industry.