NSWAA submissions and actions
Working for members
The NSWAA Executive are constantly working to try and ensure that our members can sustain viable businesses.
After our workshop canvasing member opinions it was apparent that secure access to floral resources is a key concern for commercial beekeepers in our state.
Below are a number of the submissions the NSW Apiarists' Association have made on behalf of our members - clink on the titles to download.
2015-2019 Association Business Plan
After consultation with the membership and refinement of the information gathered, a business plan for the Association's operations has been recently ratified by the Executive Committee. Click here to view the business plan.
Apiary sites on public lands - a position paper
The NSW Apiarists' Association has been liaising with the Forestry Corporation to put in place a state wide beekeeping policy similar to that that has been in place with the National Parks and Wildlife Service for a numbers of years.
This position paper was created to highlight the importance of the apiary industry and the necessity for it to have access to public lands. It is hoped that this will provide government departments and interested stakeholders with a thorough understanding of these issues.
Reporting a honey bee pesticide event
An increase in the number of managed hives available for crop pollination is crucial to the continued prosperity of the Australian agricultural industry. Further development of the managed pollination sector will also provide important opportunities for the honey bee industry. However, a significant barrier in this regard has been the risk that beekeepers face in relation to honey bee pesticide poisoning.
It is essential that any beekeeper who experiences a poisoning event from chemicals applied to flowering plants, spray drift or anything else report the incident immediately to the
Environmental Protection Agency
Phone: 131 555 or click here
Or to the
Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA)’s Adverse Experience Reporting Program
Phone: 1800 700 588 or click here
Further information on responding to poisoning events can be found by visiting the BeeAware website – click here
Biosecurity Manual for the Honey Bee Industry
Commercial beekeepers with more than 50 hives can register for a free online biosecurity course on activities to prevent the spread of pests and diseases in their hives.
The Biosecurity for Beekeepers course, which takes about 90 minutes to complete, covers:
• checking hives for pests and diseases
• identifying exotic and established pests and diseases of honey bees
• taking action after finding a serious pest or disease in their hive
• minimising the impact of pests and diseases on their hives.
The Australian Honey Bee Industry Biosecurity Code of Practice requires commercial beekeepers (with 50 or more hives) to complete such an approved biosecurity training every three years. They can do the course for free by contacting their local Bee Biosecurity Officer to obtain a token code.
Beekeepers with less than 50 hives, who will also find the course useful, will need to pay $20 to complete it.
Visit the BeeAware website for more information on the:
Biosecurity for Beekeepers training course (beeaware.org.au/training)
Australian Honey Bee Industry Biosecurity Code of Practice (beeaware.org.au/code-of-practice)
Bee Biosecurity Officers in each state and territory (beeaware.org.au/national-bee-biosecurity-program)
The Biosecurity for Beekeepers course is delivered by Plant Health Australia through funding from the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council. The development of the course was funded by AgriFutures Australia.
Honey Bee Biosecurity Manual
The Biosecurity Manual for the Honey Bee Industry provides information for the industry and producers about biosecurity practices and honey bee pests.
National Best Practice for Beekeeping in the Australian Environment
Even thorough the beekeeping industry has a clear objective of preserving native flora, the industry’s position on access to government lands in particular is tenuous and needs a strong proactive stance to counter extreme negative views. By adopting a National Best Management Practice for Beekeeping in the Australian Environment, the beekeeping industry is in a more favourable position to demonstrate that it has a thorough understanding of its environmental impacts, and can adequately manage these.