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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 the largest in Australia. WAAS is managed by an elected committee of members and relies on volunteers for most of its activities.

WAAS has Chapters operating 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.

We also have Bee Buddy groups all over the Perth metropolitan area and in a growing number of country towns. Check out upcoming meetings and other activities on our events calendar.

WAAS provides education, support, fellowship opportunities and third party insurance for your bees and honey products. You will also get access to our members only pages, full of useful beekeeping resources, recordings of past meetings, an online shop and much more. If you are a current or prospective beekeeper, why not join us

Beekeeping during the WA Bushfire Season

Summer is peak beekeeping season in Western Australia, but it is also bushfire season.  When doing a hive inspection during the restricted burning period (October to April) please check fire ratings, temperatures and winds before you start - choose a time that is kind to both you and your bees!

According to the Bush Fires Regulations 1954, pt 39CA, smokers can be used when the fire danger rating is high, extreme or catastrophic as long as they comply with the requirements below:

  • have at least one fire extinguisher available
  • have prepared an area of 3 m around your hives, either by clearing or dampening down with water
  • place your smoker in a fire resistant container when not being held
  • extinguish the fire in the smoker when finished.

However, when a TOTAL fire, harvest or vehicle movement ban is declared, beekeepers must not:

      • light smokers
      • operate vehicles off road

More information about fire bans can be found on the DFES website.

For current harvest and vehicle movement bans, check with your local government.

Watch a short video on the new fire danger rating system here


Getting started with beekeeping

A checklist of the things you need to know before you decide to keep bees.

Best Practice Guidelines for Urban Beekeeping

Practical advice on the best ways to manage bees in urban settings  so as to minimise impacts on neighbours.


What to do if a swarm lands in your garden!

Find a swarmcatcher to help remove swarms or feral hives from your property.

Legal obligations

Learn about the legal requirements associated with beekeeping, including registration and council approvals.


Have any questions? Need more information? Have something to send us? Please visit our Contacts page. We are a volunteer organisation so it is best to contact us by email. We will reply as soon as we can.

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