Resources and Links

for commercial and hobby beekeepers

Over the past years, there has been an upsurge of interest in beekeeping, particularly as a hobby, in both rural and urban areas.  It is a pursuit that gives great rewards and pleasure, whether hobby or commercial.

This activity is unique where the main resources, nectar and pollen, are rarely owned by the beekeeper and the bees are unable to be confined behind a fence.

Successful beekeeping, whether with one hive or many, is achieved through knowledge, understanding, practice and building experience and confidence

to Queensland
Honey – $64 million
Food crop pollination – $2.4 billion

to Australia
Honey & hive products – $100 million
Food crop pollination – $19 billion

Every third mouthful of food we eat
requires pollination by honey
Our knowledge and understanding of honey bees is the vital link between honey bees, pollination of food crops and our nation’s ability to securely produce sufficient foods for all Australians and for export to some countires.

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Keeping bees in Qld
Legislation, Registration  & Guidelines
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Books & Web Sites
for Beekeeping
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Honey Levy & Charges
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When more than 1,500 kgs honey is produced & sold in a calendar year a Australian Department Agriculture & Water Resources (DAWR) statutory Honey Levy is to be lodged and paid.
Levy money is used to benefit all beekeepers in Australia and is allocated to 4 areas:
(1) Research & Development (R&D)- eg. small hive beetle research & development of control measures
(2) Emergency Plant Pest Response (EPPR) – eg. assist in response to & eradication programs of asian bee incursions
(3) National Residue Survey Testing (NRS)- this assists in exporting honey
(4) Plant Health Australia (PHA) – the beekeeping industry is a member of PHA. Levy money helps fund the Bee Biosecurity Officer programs in each State