Welcome Aboard the Forum
Always glad to have people from the other hemisphere in the forum - a point that many US members don't know is the REVERSE seasons you have compared to the Northern Hemisphere, so you are going into Winter if I'm right? I hope to you can share images if possible, we all love to see other members beeyard, local clubs or organizations where they learn about beekeeping.
The point being that you deal with seasonal issue 180 degrees differently then we do. As we are blooming and crossing our fingers for warn Spring days and lots of flights, you are readying for the cold storage of Winter. I assume that has a lot to do with your actual longitude location too. In the states there is a tremendous difference between Florida and Maine weather.
I remember meeting someone while away for work related training in Houston, TX who was from Austrailia and he quickly drew a map of your continent, explaining that roughly 10% of the Continent is populated along the Eastern coast and most everything West of that is bushland -just wonder how true that is.
If anything said above is wrong, please let me know - because the whole purpose of the forums is to learn how others keep bees, and the unique conditions they have to deal with and how they acclimate to their enviroment.
Many members here are in their FIRST season of keeping bees and quite a few who are in the "learning stage", getting ready to get bees NEXT year by picking up as much info as possible this year. That is where my Beekeeping Course leaves off and the forum really shines. I hope that I offer enough basic beekeeping info to keep people coming back, but with the introduction of the forums about 14 months ago, people can really interact with hundreds of others who are both new and seasoned in this challenging hobby.
Again, welcome to the forums, I'm glad you found our forums - we love to see every member active here and through their posts we all learn to be better beekeepers.