Becoming a beekeeper in Western Australia

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Honey production

Beehives have to be migrated to maximise honey yields to take advantage of different floral sources. Average honey yields obtained by commercial beekeepers can be more than 200kg/hive where apiaries are relocated an average of six times a year. This involves experience in plant flowering cycles, plant distribution and weather.

As a new beekeeper it is important to work with experienced beekeepers who are aware of Western Australia’s unique conditions. For more information, please refer to the Bee Industry Council of Western Australia website or email

Selling honey and pollen

In WA, the Food Standards Act 2008 applies and is regulated by Local Government. As per this Act, any premises producing food for commercial purposes must be registered and comply with food labelling protocols. Food safety for all states and territories can be found at The main quality assurance scheme developed specifically for beekeepers and honey producers is B-QUAL.

Note: Honey and other bee products are restricted products and are prohibited from coming into Western Australia unless strict quarantine conditions of entry are met under state legislation Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007. Please visit the Quarantine WA Import Requirements Search webpage or contact for information.

Contact information

James Sheehan
+61 (0)8 9780 6182
Jessica Bikaun