Beekeeping industry contacts

This page provides a quick guide to beekeeping information and industry contacts.

For contact with local beekeeping groups and associations contact:

Queensland Beekeepers Association

State Secretary

Elise Whittaker
Phone: 07 3466 3542
Email: qbainc@bigpond.com

PO Box 14
Booval Qld 4304

http://qbabees.org.au/

Beekeeping courses

Information about training in beekeeping is available from:

Camden / Sydney basin
Phone: 02 4640 6333

Paterson / Hunter Valley
Tocal College, CB Alexander Campus
Phone: 1800 025 520
Email: profarm@tocal.com

Tamworth / Northern New South Wales
Phone: 02 6763 1100

Yanco / Southern New South Wales
Murrumbidgee Rural Studies Centre, Yanco
Phone: 1800 628 422
Email: mrsc@dpi.nsw.gov.au

Certificate 3 in beekeeping (State and territory training website)

Bee suits

Bindaree Bee Supplies
16 James Street
Curtin ACT 2605
Phone: 02 6281 2111
Email: bindaree.bee@bigpond.com
Web: www.bindaree.com.au

Quality Beekeeping Supplies
Unit 4B/10 Jijaws Street
Sumner Park Qld 4074
Phone: 07 3376 5404

B J Sherriff (Australian distributor)
Hornsby Beekeeping Supplies
63A Hunter Street
Hornsby NSW 2077
Phone: 02 9477 5569

Rhonda-Kay Enterprises
23 Christine Street
Caboolture Qld 4510
Phone: 07 5499 2121

Honey Bee Australis
PO Box 298
Ipswich Qld 4305
Phone: 07 3495 7095 or 0417 796 257
Web: www.honeybee.com.au

Beeswax recovery

John L Guilfoyle Pty Ltd
38 Begonia Street
Inala Qld 4077
Phone: 07 3279 9750
Fax: 07 3279 9753 (refined block wax only)

Honey Down Under Pty Ltd
Unit 5, 17 Tile Street
Wacol Qld 4076
Phone: 07 3376 1726 or 0418 786 158
Fax: 07 3376 0017 (refined block wax only)

Quality Beekeeping Supplies
Unit 4B, 10 Jijaws Street
Sumner Park Qld 4074
Phone: 07 3376 5404

Brands

Drovers Rural Supplies
PO Box 93
Dungog NSW 2420
Phone: 02 4992 3111

Hayes Vet Supplies
GPO Box 1143
Brisbane Qld 4001

Myers Badges & Dies
512 Seventeen Miles Rocks Road
Jindalee Qld 4074
Phone: 07 3376 1611

Quality Beekeeping Supplies
Unit 4B, 10 Jijaws Street
Sumner Park Qld 4074
Phone: 07 3376 4548

Company and business registration

Contact the Department of Justice and the Attorney-General to register a business or company name.

GPO Box 3111
Brisbane Qld 4001
Phone: 13 QGOV
Web: www.fairtrading.qld.gov.au or Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS)

Equipment suppliers

Dalrymple View
65 Forde Street
Allora Qld 4362
Phone/fax: 07 4666 3635

John L Guilfoyle Pty Ltd
38 Begonia Street
Inala Q 4077
Phone: 07 3279 9750
Fax: 07 3279 9753

Burnett Beekeeping Supplies
806 River Road
Kingaroy Qld 4610
Phone: 07 4162 3606 or 0429 130 167

T Bradford
2283 Mt Nebo Road
Mount Nebo Qld 4520
Phone: 07 3289 8181

Quality Bee Supplies Unit
Unit 4B, 10 Jijaws Street
Sumner Park Qld 4074
Phone: 07 3376 5404
Fax: 07 3376 4548

Honey Bee Australis
PO Box 298
Ipswich Qld 4305
Phone: 07 3495 7095 or 0417 796 257
Web: www.honeybee.com.au

Morayfield Apiaries
27 Oakey Flat Road
Morayfield Qld 4506
Phone: 07 5498 6676 or 0427 807 973

Neal Weston
Zenith Timber Industries
41-53 Greenbank Road
North Maclean Qld 4280
Phone: 07 5546 9777 or 0418 730 136
Fax: 07 3800 2235

Beeco (Bee Equipment Co)
MS 1003 Glen Road
Warwick Qld 4370
Phone: 07 4661 3527

Hive loaders

D & K Copeman Engineering
63 Southern Cross Drive
Ballina NSW 2478
Phone: 02 6686 9736 or 0419 489 507

M & K Stafford Engineering
Unit 3, 204 Southern Cross Drive
Ballina NSW 2478
Phone: 02 6681 6077

Honey buyers and packers

AB's Honey
Unit 1/4 Christine Place
Capalaba Qld 4157
Phone: 07 3206 1200
Fax: 07 3206 3549

K Olley
84 Logan Road
Clifton Qld 4361
Phone: 07 4697 3222 or 0418 876 875

Bush Honey
Rosalie Waters
2705 Mount Mee Road
Ocean View Qld 4521
Phone: 07 3425 3883

Honey Down Under Pty Ltd
136 Mica Street
Carole Park Qld 4300
Phone: 07 3376 1726 or 0418 786 158
Fax: 07 3376 0017

Capilano Honey Ltd
399 Archerfield Road
Richlands Qld 4077
Phone: 07 3712 8282
Fax: 07 3712 8286
Web: www.capilano.com.au

Super Bee Honey Factory
Tanawha Tourist Drive
Tanawha Valley Qld 4556
Phone: 07 5445 3544

Honey containers

Arrow Plastics
7 Holbeche Road
Arndell Park NSW 2148
Phone: 02 9621 3908

Capilano Honey Ltd
399 Archerfield Road
Richlands Qld 4077
Phone: 07 3712 8282
Fax: 07 3712 8286

Malcolm Paul Sales
81 Reginald Street
Rocklea Qld 4106
Phone: 07 32752011
Fax: 07 3277 7835

Containers Packaging
250 South Pine Road
Brendale Qld 4500
Phone: 07 3205 5488

Plasdene Galss-Pak Pty Ltd
30 Northlink Place
Virginia Qld 4014
Phone: 07 3256 6100
Email: tammy.greaves@plasdene.com.au

Importing and exporting queen bees and packages

Prior arrangements must be made with:

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (Biosecurity)
42 Qantas Drive
Eagle Farm Qld 4009
Phone: 07 3246 8755
Fax: 07 3246 8798

Biosecurity Queensland
Warwick: 07 4660 3604
Nambour: 07 5453 5923
Gatton: 07 5466 2216
Townsville: 07 4760 1579

Industrial awards

Matters relating to employment are handled by the Workplace Relations section of the Department of Justice and Attorney-General.

Labelling and handling honey

Queensland Health
GPO Box 48
Brisbane Qld 4001
Phone: 07 3234 0111

Fair Trading
Weights and Measures
Web: www.fairtrading.qld.gov.au

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ)
Phone: 02 6271 2222
Email: info@foodstandards.gov.au
Web: www.foodstandards.gov.au

Levies

Levies are paid by anyone packaging and selling more than 300 kg of honey annually.

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Agriculture and Food
Central Office
Levies Revenue Service
Locked Bag 4488
Kingston ACT 2604
Free call: 1800 020 619
Free fax: 1800 609 150

Propolis, royal jelly and other products

K Olley
84 Logan Road
Clifton Qld 4361
Phone: 07 4697 3222 or 0427 876 875

R J Australia
PO Box 194
Corinda Qld 4075 (buys pollen)

Publications

Leaflets and circulars issued are available on request from the Customer Service Centre

Australian journals

'The Australasian Beekeeper', published by Pender Beegoods Pty Ltd
PO Box 7124
Karabar NSW 2620
Phone: 02 6236 3294
Email: editor@theabk.com.au

International journals

  • 'American Bee Journal' by Dadant and Sons, Hamilton, Illinois, United States
  • 'Gleanings in Bee Culture' by AI Root & Co, Medina, Ohio, United States
  • 'British Bee Journal', 46 Queen Street Geddington, Northants, NN14 AZ, United Kingdom
  • 'Bee World' from International Bee Research Assoc. Ltd, 18 North Road, Cardiff, CF1 3DY, United Kingdom

Books

Contact beekeeping equipment suppliers for advice on obtaining copies.

'The Bee Book' by P Warhurst and R Goebel (covers all management practices)
Check local libraries

'Honey Flora of Queensland'
Biosecurity Queensland
Locked Bag 17
Warwick Qld
Phone: 07 4660 3604

'The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Beekeeping' by R Morse and T Hooper

'How to Keep Bees and Sell Honey' by WT Kelly

'Honey, The Workboot Series' by the Kondinin Group (general overview)
Biosecurity Queensland
Locked Bag 17
Warwick Qld 4370
Phone: 07 4660 3604

'ABC and XYZ of Bee Culture' by AI Root

'T.Beekeeping in Australia' by F Bailey

'The Hive and the Honey Bee' by Dadant and Sons

Quality assurance

B-QUAL Australia Pty Ltd
PO Box R838
Royal Exchange NSW 1225
Phone: 02 9247 1180
Fax: 02 9247 1192

Queen bee cages

Honey Bee Australis
PO Box 298
Ipswich Qld 4305
Phone: 07 3495 7095 or 0417 796 257

M Pearce Pty Ltd
83 Odessa Street
Granville Qld 4650
Phone: 07 4121 5168

Quality Beekeeping Supplies
Unit 4B/10 Jijaws Street
Sumner Park Qld 4074
Phone: 07 3376 5404

T Bradford
2283 Mount Nebo Road
Mount Nebo Qld 4520
Phone: 07 3289 8181

Queen bee suppliers

Refer to the queen bee page.

Voluntary honey test

It is no longer a condition of registration to test honey for American foulbrood.

Apiarists who wish to have their honey tested for AFB can submit a sample.

Call 13 25 23 to arrange for a Honey sample advice sheet (PDF, 78.5KB). Mail the completed honey sample advice sheet with payment and a 100 mL honey sample that represents all the hives to:

Biosecurity Sciences Laboratory
Health and Food Science Precinct
PO Box 156
Archerfield BC Qld 4108

Alternatively, deliver the completed honey sample advice sheet, payment and sample to:

Specimen Receipt (Loading Dock 12)
Biosecurity Sciences Laboratory
Health and Food Science Precinct
39 Kessels Road
Coopers Plains Qld 4108

Sample jars are available on request and posted out from Nambour and Gatton DAF Apiary Offices.

Last updated 12 April 2017