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 www.bicwa.com.au or email info@bicwa.com.au

Jarrah honey

Research by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development found that the antimicrobial activity found in jarrah honey is one of the highest in the world. It is based on hydrogen peroxide from a natural enzyme reaction whereas the antimicrobial activity found in Manuka honey is based on the naturally-occurring chemical methylglyoxal. For further information go to the jarrahhoney website.

Selling honey and pollen

You must comply with the Western Australian Food Regulations. Please contact your Local Council Environmental Health Officer who can advise you on the legislative compliance certification and food labelling requirements. If you are selling to larger honey packers, you must have a quality assurance certificate. All packaging must carry food labels. For further information go to the HealthyWA website. 

Note: Honey is a restricted product and is prohibited from coming into Western Australia unless strict quarantine conditions of entry are met under state legislation Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007. Please contact QWA.import@dpird.wa.gov.au for information.

Contact information

Andrea Johnston
+61 (0)8 9363 4131
Simon Eyres
+61 (0)8 9368 3866
James Sheehan
+61 (0)8 9780 6182