Remember that when conducting beekeeping activities, you should practice social distancing at all times. The DPI handles complaints about bees when they pose a threat to public health or safety, constitute a public nuisance or are “kept in premises considered unsuitable for beekeeping for a specific reason”. “What worried me was the rise of urban beekeeping and the fact that local councils don`t have established rules – just IPR guidelines. Australian regulations also require you to follow good beekeeping practices, both to keep bees healthy and to minimise swarm and disease problems. When you start beekeeping, you will need to register with your state and pay a fee. Check with your state government to see how to do this. “This is a problem and things should be clear, so we encourage beekeepers to join a beekeepers` association before they even have hives so they understand how they should be kept and get the best management practices and docile bee breeds,” he said. To prevent the spread of disease, some states require used bees, beekeeping products or beekeeping equipment to have health certificates before being imported into the state. Bruce White rejoices at the enthusiasm of backyard beekeepers, but is shocked by the level of ignorance in the community, which is a real challenge for PGD and beekeepers` associations.

Restrictions have been introduced on bees, hives, associated beekeeping products and beekeeping properties arriving in South Africa. We recommend that you read A Guide to Beekeeping in South Australia (PDF 3.1 MB). This provides the information you need to get started, including: Over the past six months, there has been a very slight increase in complaints about urban beekeeping, with about 100 complaints mostly about annoying bees, DPI`s Mr Day said. Would you like to know more about beekeeping? Talk to the experts at Ecrotek. But many other tips do not mention beekeeping at all. Visit the Bee2Bee online store to find beekeeping equipment and accessories. Here`s our rough guide to Australian beekeeping rules: “Councils unfortunately don`t have the expertise to help people do the right thing for their neighbours, themselves and the public when it comes to beekeeping technology. NSW Amateur Beekeepers Association President Bruce White says that in the past, local councils have controlled beekeeping through the Local Government Act, where bees are classified as pets.

The rules of beekeeping in New South Wales changed on 1 July 2017. We are now subject to the provisions of the NSW Biosecurity Act 2015. This replaces the Beekeeping Act of 1985 and other laws that cover an area of agriculture and have now been repealed. Tony Deguara said he would like to see councils take on more responsibility, especially those that promote beekeeping. But he said every council is different and with the push towards urban beekeeping, local government guidelines are unclear. Sydney has seen an explosion in urban beekeeping, with a 20% increase in the number of people indulging in this hobby in just a few years. 1. Government of the State.

The department responsible for beekeeping varies from state to state. Since each state has slightly different rules and regulations for beekeeping, it`s a good idea to check with your state`s Department of Agriculture before you start buying bees and equipment. If you read the documents, all of this sounds like a lot of work, but you`ll soon realize that most of the requirements are things you`d do as a responsible beekeeper anyway. It`s about keeping your colony strong and healthy, preventing the spread of disease, and minimizing the problems of the people who live around you. Tony sought advice from his local Inner West council to help him resolve the issue, but the board referred him to the CIO. Tony Deguara lives in sydney`s inland west with a bee-loving neighbour above the fence of his garden. “This allows us to identify hive owners and know where the hives are and communicate with them if there is an outbreak of disease outside of Australia,” he said. ABC teams share the story behind the story and ideas about creating digital, television and radio content. “After realizing that there are quite a few complaints, I think it`s probably time to promote bees under the rules.” Peter Day, DPI`s compliance director at NSW, said registration is important as pests and diseases could lead to production downtime and increased costs. Tony was also concerned that his grandson was stung, so he is very relieved that his neighbor has reduced the number of hives. Record the movements of hives, lost or stolen hives and sales or disposal.

These items may not be brought to South Australia without the written permission of the Chief Inventory Inspector. From Jennifer Browning and Sue Daniel for Curious Sydney Tony told Curious Sydney that his neighbour started with two hives, but the number grew to six, meaning he lived next to thousands of bees. If you continue to keep hives, you need to renew your registration regularly – every two years is common. Basic information on how to practice good biosecurity in apiaries is contained in the Australian Honey Bee Industry Code of Practice (the Code). The code states that beekeepers must control or eradicate pests and diseases and manage weak hives. The code requires each beekeeper to inspect at least three brood frames of each apiary under their control as often as necessary to minimize the spread of pests and diseases, and at least twice a year. The beekeeper must record the dates of inspections, observations and actions. You can request and pay for your registration online. There are over 2,000 beekeepers registered with Biosecurity SA and around 68,000 hives in South Australia.