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 around 800 members is one of, if not the largest in Australia. WAAS is managed by an elected committee of members and relies on volunteers for many 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.
Each month there is a members’ meeting where you can get to know each other and exchange ideas and information. Every meeting has information sessions for beginners and for more advanced beekeepers and, after a tea/coffee break, a guest speaker. You can learn more from our Meetings page.
WAAS provides training courses for members for an additional cost and the opportunity for members to subsequently gain practice in working with bees in its apiary of ten hives in Kensington.
WAAS also supports a network of bee buddy groups, which enable members to meet informally to learn and help each other and of course to enjoy each others company.
You can read our Constitution here.
For more information, please contact us.
WAAS is seeking members who are interested in volunteering for WAAS events and activities. If you're interested please click here to answer a brief survey. The poll will allow the WAAS Committee to email volunteers when needed.