CFA - Guidance for Beekeepers during the Fire Danger Period and Total Fire Ban Days in the Country Area of Victoria
Apiary Code of Practice.
This Code is a document for the management of beehives and incorporates a reference or minimum standard by which all persons who own, manage or operate honey bee hives in the State of Victoria must comply. This Code is formulated to form the basic prescription for harmonious co-occupation by beehives and land occupiers in Victoria. The aim of the Code is to ensure that the keeping of honey bees does not become a nuisance to people, property, domestic animals or native flora and fauna.
Bio-Security Code of Practice.
The Biosecurity Code of Practice is based on the principles of good biosecurity and aims to provide a clear framework for Australian beekeepers to engage in best-practice biosecurity. The standards expected in the Code are not onerous, only things that all beekeepers should be doing anyway to manage and / or minimise the impact of pests and diseases on their hives.
Races of Honey Bees
The most commonly worked bee races in Australia
Attributes of Italian, Caucasion, Carniolan and Ligurian Bees
How Do Bees Make Honey
The bee is a marvelous flying machine. She can carry a payload close to her own weight. Consider, the most advanced design in aircraft can only take off with a load 1/4 of its own weight and you’ll appreciate the miracle that the honeybee can remain airborne with such a load.
Trees & Plants for Bees pdf
A comprehensive list in order of season giving tree and plant size, flowering times and honey production -
nb: this may all vary with district and seasonal variations.
Getting Started in Beekeeping (pdf) This 7 page article written by Colin Goodwin is packed with information to help you. From working out if beekeeping is for you through to setting up costs.
Beekeeping and Livestock Disease Control Act agnote 1100 This paper outlines all of the necessary laws and responsibilities
Registration as a Beekeeper
Everyone keeping bees must register. This online form makes it easy and it's free for up to 5 hives if you apply online.
Bee speak was designed to be printed onto both sides of an A4 and folded in thirds. It is a comprehensive dictionary of beekeeping terms for the beginner.
General Cautions: Guidelines and recommendations for Beginner Beekeepers