Bees

There are more than 2000 beekeepers registered with Biosecurity SA and approximately 68,000 hives in South Australia.

The value of honeybees

The European honeybee contributes directly to the Australian economy, responsible for the production of in excess of $101 million in products including honey, beeswax, pollen, royal jelly, venom and package bees. South Australia is estimated to produce in excess of $11 million worth of products, primarily high quality honey.

The most significant contribution honeybees provide however is in pollinating agricultural and horticultural crops. In Australia 65% of all plant based industries depend to some extent on honeybee pollination. Plant industries most reliant on honeybee pollination include almonds, apples, cherries, blueberries, lucerne and clover.

Australia wide, the average economic value of honeybees as pollinators of agricultural and horticultural crops has been calculated at $14 billion. For South Australia, the value of crops pollinated by honeybees is estimated at $1.7 billion.

Beekeeping for beginners

Keeping honeybees has become a popular hobby in Australia, but did you know that there are a number of legislative requirements and responsibilities that must be followed; to protect not only the industry and your neighbours, but also yourself.

If you are considering keeping honeybees, we recommend  reading  Recreational Beekeeping - A guide to beekeeping in South Australia (PDF 3.1 MB). This guide provides the information you will need to get started, including the legislation and responsibilities that must be followed.

Recreational Beekeeping - A guide to beekeeping in South Australia (PDF 3.1 MB)

Information for beekeepers

In South Australia, any person who keeps honeybees must register as a beekeeper every 12 months. Information in this section includes registration for both new and renewing beekeepers, and some of the legislative requirements and associated forms.

Learn more about bee health

A number of pests and diseases affect honeybees, including some which are notifiable, and which must be reported and managed due to the damage they cause.

More information

Michael Stedman - Project Coordinator, Apiaries
Phone: (08) 8429 0872
Mobile: 0408 812 698
Email: michael.stedman@sa.gov.au

Teagan Alexander - Bee Biosecurity Officer
Phone: (08) 8429 2170
Mobile: 0439 864 382 
Email: teagan.alexander@sa.gov.au

Page Last Reviewed: 23 Dec 2019
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