Floral resource access on public land underpins the essential pollination services provided by commercial beekeepers. Pollination services support both Australian agriculture and food security. Over time, changes in the tenure of public land and public land management practices have decreased both beekeeper access to essential floral resources and the quality of the remaining resource.
This document reports the outcomes of an Australian Honey Bee Industry Council (AHBIC) workshop with state beekeeping bodies aimed at improving floral resource access for beekeepers. The report identified strategic actions, opportunities and potential policy changes required for improving floral resource access. It aims to arm AHBIC and state beekeeping bodies with the knowledge required to develop a strategic approach to beekeeper access to public lands, provide policy analysis that is relevant to state government policy makers and key recommendations for AgriFutures™ Honey Bee & Pollination Program to inform its research priorities.