There are more than 2000 beekeepers registered with Biosecurity SA and approximately 68,000 hives in South Australia.

Honey production contributes about $11 million to the South Australian economy with the value of pollination services estimated at $650 million.

The European honeybee contributes directly to the Australian economy, responsible for the production of in excess of $101 million in products including honey, beeswax, pollen, royal jelly, venom and package bees.

Its most significant contribution however is in pollinating agricultural and horticultural crops. In Australia 65% of all plant based industries depend to some extent on honeybee pollination. Plant industries most reliant on honeybee pollination include almonds, apples, cherries, blueberries, lucerne and clover.


In South Australia, any person who keeps honeybees must register as a beekeeper every 12 months.

Bee health

More information

Michael Stedman - Project Coordinator, Apiaries
Phone: (08) 8429 0872
Mobile: 0408 812 698

Teagan Alexander - Bee Biosecurity Officer
Phone: (08) 8429 2170
Mobile: 0439 864 382 

Page Last Reviewed: 22 Feb 2018
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