The Queensland Beekeepers’ Association (QBA) was founded in 1886 and is made up of professional apiarists & amateur beekeepers in Queensland. The QBA is the industry body representing the voice of the Queensland honey bee industry.
We are passionate beekeepers with apiaries of all sizes. The QBA has 5 branches located across Queensland: Brisbane, Stanley Rivers, Toowoomba, Warwick and the Wide Bay.
Our branches host regular meetings, providing an opportunity for members to interact and discuss important issues and developments in the industry.
QBA is supported through partnerships with our annual sponsors.
Our annual sponsors provide the means for the QBA to better advocate for industry which provides surety, sustainability and protection for the future of beekeeping in Queensland.
Each year the QBA and our affiliate clubs offer a range of events that promote beekeeping in Queensland.
Many events offer an opportunity for new beekeepers to explore the world of beekeeping and for more experienced apiarists to refine their knowledge.
The Queensland honey bee industry contributes more than $2.89b to the Queensland economy each year. Much of the economic contribution is through the increasing demand for honey beehives that provide critical pollination to Queensland’s agricultural sector. Queensland beekeepers currently provide honey bees for professional pollination services to the Australian almond, avocado, apple, berry, cherry, macadamia, melon, pear and pumpkin industries just to name a few.
The Queensland honey bee industry is also well known for producing some of Australia’s finest honey. Unique honey varieties such as yellow box, ironbark, river red gum, blue gum and yapunyah are all well known products proudly produced by our hard-working bees under the care of their beekeepers.
Over 70% of the honey produced in Queensland is derived through continuation of access to Queensland’s Native Forests. Professional beekeepers access apiary sites in National Parks, State Forests and other Timber Reserves through a dedicated permit system. This access to floral resources not only allows our bees to produce some of the world’s finest honey but provides a safe haven for short-stays that allows beekeepers to build strong healthy bees. Continuation of access ultimately underpins essential pollination services for Australian agriculture and the nation’s food security.
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Our QBA Platinum Sponsors
We recognise and acknowledge the contributions of the following businesses who continue to support the Queensland Beekeepers’ Association through our annual sponsorship program.
We encourage beekeepers from all backgrounds to support those businesses who support your industry body.
The contributions from our annual sponsors provide much needed financial support allowing the QBA to continue our vital work, protecting the interests and welfare of beekeeping families across Queensland.
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'In the spirit of reconciliation the Queensland Beekeepers’ Association Inc acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islaner peoples today.'