Beekeeping is not only an enjoyable hobby, it is very rewarding. You and your bees play a vital role in the pollination of agricultural crops, like fruits and vegetables, which is critical to global food security, as well as producing honey and beeswax.
Some points need to be considered in relation to backyard beekeeping:
- Legal requirements
- The number of hives
- Water source for the bees
- Location and positioning of the hive/s
- Bee diseases
- When to handle your bees
- When to re-queen
In NSW, the NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) have rules and regulations around the keeping of European Honey Bees (Apis melifera). All NSW beekeepers must be registered with the NSW DPI and adhere to the rules and regulations put in place. This is a requirement legislated under the Biosecurity Act 2015.
For more information on the rules and regulations, registration as a beekeeper, and the Biosecurity Act 2015
You can also find out more about the requirements for Keeping bees in residential areas.
BeeAware is also a hub of information for beekeepers and growers about honey bee biosecurity and pollination of agricultural and horticultural crops.