Western Australian Apiarists' Society



The Western Australian Apiarists’ Society (WAAS) is an incorporated not for profit association whose members are beekeepers and people simply interested in bees.  Some members are professional or ex-professional beekeepers, but most have a small number of hives and could be best described as hobbyists.

WAAS was founded in 1953; it is the second oldest beekeeping association in Australia, and with over 1000 members is one of, if not the largest in Australia. WAAS is managed by an elected committee of members and relies on volunteers for most of its activities.

New WAAS Chapters operate in regional Western Australia, covering the Greater Bunbury region, and the Margaret River region. Link to our Chapters page for more information and contact details for these groups.

For more information, please contact us.


In the five year period between 2015 to 2020 the number of registered beekeepers in Western Australia has grown by nearly 500 new beekeepers per year to over 3500 beekeepers, with most in urban areas.  With this growth in beekeepers in urban areas WAAS saw a need to develop a Best-Practice Guidelines for Urban Beekeepers.  

These best-practice guidelines are to assist in the harmonious cooperation between beekeepers and their community. Compliance with the guidelines will ensure that the keeping of bees does not become a nuisance.  This guideline provides a reference point and standards for beekeeping in urban areas, including:

  • Establishing practices to which beekeepers should comply to prevent their beehives from becoming a nuisance
  • Giving the community confidence in the safety of beekeeping activities,
  • Helping local government and regulatory bodies establish rules for beekeeping
  • providing a standard against which any nuisance complaints can be resolved
  • Promoting a competency standard for beekeepers

All WAAS Members are expected to comply with these guidelines and those that apply within their local government area as well as those contained in the Biosecurity and Agricultural Management Act and Regulations.

If you have any queries relating to the guideline please contact us at info@waas.org.au

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