The ABA was founded in 1954, to promote beekeeping as a hobby.


We currently have 25 affiliated clubs throughout NSW and beyond, providing information and support to over 2,700 amateur beekeepers.


The ABA provides:

How to join the ABA

Membership of the ABA is gained through joining a local club.

If you would like to join your local club, you may apply by clicking the button below.

Please contact your local club for further details.

Contact the ABA Secretary if you need help finding a club.

Why join the ABA?

Becoming a member of the ABA through your local club provides you with a number of benefits:


Some club members have many years of beekeeping experience. As a member you will learn much about beekeeping from your fellow members, both in general discussion and in supportive, practical experience when inspecting the club’s beehives, and take part in activities such as extracting honey and re-queening.

Support and Encouragement

Support and encouragement from fellow enthusiastic and knowledgeable beekeepers is an excellent way to gain beekeeping skills to assist you in your hobby.


Members can borrow club equipment (e.g. extractors, comb knife) to enable you to extract your honey without the need to purchase these items.


Many clubs have a library of beekeeping related books that can be borrowed by members.


Low cost personal beekeeping insurance can be obtained.

Queens/Nucleus Hives

Many clubs raise their own queens for sale to members. Nucleus hives may also be available



If you have found a swarm of bees, a local beekeeper may be able to catch and remove it for you.

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Ready to take the next step? You can become a beekeeper, or find out more about beekeeping by contacting your local club.

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