Books, Publications and Web Sites

Bee Biosecurity
Code of Practice

This National Code is for all Australian beekeepers (hobby and commercial) providing clear, basic biosecurity standards for all operations and assistance in how to minimize the impact, introduction and spread of bee pests and diseases.

A copy of this
Bee Biosecurity Code of Practice
is available on the Plant Health Australia (PHA) website.

National Bee Biosecurity Program

This National Program underpins the Code of Practice and employs a Bee Biosecurity Officer (BBO) in each State to assist beekeepers with education and training in biosecurity best practice – including:

*  improve management of established pests and diseases
*  increase awareness and surveillance of exotic pest threats

Information on the
National Bee Biosecurity Program
is available on the Plant Health Australia website.

Bee Biosecurity Manual

Reducing the Risk of Exotic and Established Pests
Affecting  Honey Bees

Topics covered include:

Biosecurity – issues & best practice checklist, Pests, Keeping Bees Healthy, Movement of Hives, Products and Equipment and Coloured Fact Sheets on diseases and bee pests.

This book is
free to download
on the BeeAware website.


The BeeAware website is a hub of information for beekeepers and growers about honey bee biosecurity, the honey bee industry, pollination of agricultural and horticultural crops, a range of beekeeping videos and an extensive, full colour section on bee pests and diseases.


Honey Bee and Pollination


This program aims to support RD&E that will ensure a productive, sustainable and more profitable Australian beekeeping industry and secure the pollination of Australia’s horticultural and agricultural crops.  Other key areas included are understanding the role of flora in honey bee management and reducing the incidence and impact of pests and diseases.

A full list of Publications and Resources here

Australian Beekeeping Guide

by Russell Goodman & Peter Kaczynski

This book provides a wealth of valuable, basic information on keeping bees and honey bee biosecurity.  It is written especially to assist beginner and sideline beekeepers.

This book can be
downloaded for free or purchased as a hard copy.

Bee AgSkills

NSW Dept Primary Industries

This is an easy to follow, step-by-step guide for those new to beekeeping.

Topics covered include:

How to maintain hives, Use a bee smoker, Catch a swarm, Remove and extract honey, Pest and diseases in the hive, Buying equipment and Working safely with bees.

This book can be purchased as an e-book or hard copy

The Bee Book

by Peter Warhurst and Roger Goebels

Easy to read, practical and comprehensive.  Written for hobbyist, part-time and commercial beekeepers. 
This book has clear pictures, diagrams and photos and is very relevant to our local and warmer Qld climate where (in contrast to cooler areas of Australia) bees often continue to breed and gather honey throughout the winter months.

Available from the author (warhurst@sctelco.net.au) or Beekeeping Supply businesses.

Honey Bee Pesticide Poisoning

A Risk Management Tool
for Australian Farmers and Beekeepers

by Daryl Connelly

An increase in the number of managed beehives available for crop pollination is crucial to continued prosperity & security of Australia’s food production. 
This publication will help farmers and beekeepers manage the risk of honey bee pesticide poisoning and provides a list of broadacre and horticulture pesticides that are known to be toxic to honey bees in Australia. 

This book can be
downloaded for free or purchased as a hard copy

The Hive and the Honey Bee

A Dadant publication    
ISBN: 0-915698-09-9

This is a classic and great reference book on honey bees and beekeeping containing 22 chapters, 33 world famous authors with hundreds of photos and drawings.

Nature's Gifts

Answers to questions about
honey, pollen and all things bees

by Athol and Skaidra Craig

The book covers questions most often asked of the authors by the general public and beginner beekeepers when they were teaching, at district shows and discussing the role of honeybees in the environment. 

A very readable, comprehensive, easy to understand and beautifully illustrated book. 

For sales, contact the authors (glenbo@live.com.au) or Beekeeping Supply businesses.

Honey and pollen flora
of south-eastern Australia

by Dr Douglas Somerville

The core to successful beekeeping is knowing and understanding floral resources , their availability and nutritional value to keeping bee colonies healthy.

This comprehensive reference book is in full colour, beautifully presented and easy to follow.  It begins with information on beekeeping basics and how botanical names are described. 

Each plant description includes availability and the value of its nectar and pollen to nectarivores, in particular, honey bees.

Bee Friendly

A Planting Guide for
European Honeybees and Australian Native Bees

by Mark Leech

This is a full colour, beautifully presented book on a large range of plants grown in Australia that have value as bee forage.  The information and photos are clear and descriptive and will assist  in choosing plants to increase available bee food in your garden or area.

This book can be
downloaded for free or purchased as a hard copy

Honey Flora of Queensland

by S T Blake and C Roff

This book includes plants that are important to beekeeping in Queensland and northern NSW.  It describes each plant, its distribution, distinctive features and its value as a source of nectar and pollen for honey bees.

This book is currently out-of-print but available in many Public, local Libraries and the libraries at Beekeeping Clubs.   
ISBN reference:  0 7242 2371 1

Cooking with Honey

compiled by Marion Weatherhead

These are tried and true recipes from many experienced cooks across Queensland with the emphasis on the simplicity of ingredients required for each recipe.  Throughout the book are snippets of information on bees, honey, hive products, apiary industry and hints on cooking with honey.

For sales, contact QBA Secretary qbainc@bigpond.com or Beekeeping Supply businesses.

Inquiries into the Future of the Australian Honey Bee and Pollination Services

More Than Honey 

On Monday 16 June 2008, the House Standing Committee on Primary Industries and Resources tabled its report on the Inquiry into the Future Development of the Australian Honey Bee Industry, 

More Than Honey: the future of the Australian honey bee and pollination industries.

Read this 2008 Report here.

On 12 December 2013 the Australian Senate referred the following matter to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry into and report on: 

The Future of the beekeeping and pollination service industries in Australia

Read the 81 submissions received here. 
Read this 14 July 2014 Report here.