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Related Websites

The websites listed here will give you more information about Australian forests, their management and the forest and wood products industry as well as additional resources and information you may need. If you have a site you think should be included, please email us.

Government

Forest Products Commission WA

The Forest Products Commission (FPC) is a Government trading enterprise established to develop and market Western Australia's renewable timber resources. Here you will find a wealth of information on forest types, products and services, farm forestry and environmental benefits of forestry: these include role in protecting air quality, providing a renewable resource for building material, and rehabilitating degraded soils. Resources are available for teachers including posters, fact sheets, videos and books.

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Forestry Tasmania

Forestry Tasmania has the statutory responsibility for the management of 1.5 million hectares of State forest land. This land contains 39% of the Tasmania's forests and information on their sustainable management is provided. Technical bulletins and scientific facts sheets are also accessible.

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Plantation Information Network

This site provides details and maps for plantation wood supply zones across Australia. A database of registered plantations by type, species, and type of ownership and year of planting is available.

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Primary Industries and Resources SA

This site provides information related to the management of plantation forests in South Australia including overviews of PIRSA Forestry's current programs and resources such as industry guidelines, fact sheets and educational materials. Technical information is provided for farm forestry relevant to specific regions.

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Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry QLD

This government organisation aims to accelerate the growth of Queensland´s emerging tropical and subtropical plantation sector by delivering products and services that increase productivity, promote the development of new plantations and boost the value of forestry products.  Comprehensive reports and forests profiles are accessible. Useful information on pests and diseases in trees is provided.

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Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

This Australian Government site has links to wide range of information about the forest industry, including current research and policy initiatives, international and domestic issues, a Forestlinks newsletter and detailed publications and reports.  And includes the latest edition of the Australia's State of Forests Report 2013.

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VicForests

A Victorian State Government enterprise, VicForests aim to build a responsible business that generates the best community value from the commercial management of Victoria's State forests. The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) are the managers of Victorias 3.4 million hectares of public forests for a variety of uses, including recreation, conservation of flora and fauna, provision of timber through sustainable harvest, protection of water catchments and supply and preserving visual landscapes and archaeological and historical sites.

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WA Department of Parks and Wildlife

Information is presented about forests and forestry in WA. Details on fauna species and biodiversity protection strategies applicable to WA can be found. Useful regional management and harvest plans are accessible, supported by maps.

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Forestry Corporation NSW

Forestry Corporation of NSW is the largest manager of commercial native and plantation forests in NSW. Managing more than two million hectares of forests for the economic, environmental and social benefit of the people of NSW and Australia, Forestry Corporation adheres to the values of safety first, balance, accountability, trust and innovation. We are a major force in the state's timber industry which contributes nearly $1 billion to the NSW economy annually.

Forestry Corporation of NSW came into being on 1 January 2013 when Forests NSW was corporatised. As a state owned corporation we are publicly owned and under the direction of a skilled commercial board. Forestry Corporation focuses on its core business of growing and harvesting timber to meet the community's needs for hardwood and softwood products while ensuring the environment is protected and the forests offer recreation opportunities for the people of New South Wales.

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Careers & Training

Forestworks

ForestWorks facilitates learning and skill development in the forest, wood, paper and timber industry through proactive engagement with Government, industry associations, enterprises, unions and individuals. Support for training providers is available, as is assistance with strategic skills planning and project management.

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GrowingCareers

GrowingCareers is a one-stop portal for all careers, education and training information within the forest and wood products industry.  Direct links to vocational and university courses are available, as well as information on training scholarships. Check out video case studies and employer profiles and much more.

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TABMA Workforce & Career Development Pty Ltd

TABMA Workforce and Career Development Pty Ltd has been operating from 1987 as an approved and accredited Group Training Employer for Traineeship and Apprenticeship Schemes. Ongoing monitoring and support is provided to host employees.

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Education Resources

LandLearn NSW

LandLearn NSW is a partnership initiative between Industry & Investment NSW, NSW Farmers, and Royal Agricultural Society of NSW. The site describes primary industries as those that involve the growing, harvesting, extracting and often processing of natural resources which form the basis of the products we use in our everyday lives, including forestry and farming.

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Primary Industries Education Foundation of Australia

PIEFA is a partnership between government, industry and educators formed to help to encourage school students to learn about primary industries including agriculture and forestry. Networking, support and professional development are ongoing concerns available to teachers. In particular, this organisation will be assisting primary industries teachers adapt to curriculum changes in the national schools curriculum.

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Primary Industry Centre for Science Education

PISCE is a National Strategy of collaboration between universities, their regional communities and local primary industries to attract students into tertiary science, and to increase the number of skilled professionals in agribusiness and research institutions.

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Primezone

Primezone provides teachers with single-point access to a range of primary industries education resources. 

This website is an initiative of the Primary Industries Education Foundation.

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Industry Organisations

Australian Forest Growers

Australian Forest Growers (AFG) is the national association representing private forestry and commercial tree growing interests in Australia. It has numerous branches across the states and promotes learning and development through field events, conferences, and information to policy and farm forestry.

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Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA - merger of NAFI and A3P)

A national body that provides a voice for Australia’s forest and paper industry.  AFPA is committed to ensuring forestry has strong representation in political and public engagement to ensure this vital industry is supported in order to achieve the best possible outcome from forestry for Australia's economy and the environment. It is a vital site for accessing media reports on forestry related issues.

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Forest Industries Association Tasmania

The Forest Industries Association of Tasmania represents the interest of processors of Tasmanian forest products.   FIAT's role is characterised by helping create the right external environment for industry to operate within.  This has two main dimensions - the policy environment and the public image of the industry in the eyes of the community.

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Forest Industries Federation WA

Forest industries Federation of WA aims to raise awareness and encourage learning about the management and use of Western Australia’s south-west native forests and softwood and hardwood plantations.

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Forest and Wood Products Australia

Forest and Wood Products Australia Ltd (FWPA) is the industry’s not-for-profit services company that provides research and development, knowledge dissemination and generic industry promotion. Recent research reports and media releases are available for download.

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Institute of Foresters of Australia

A professional body engaged in all branches of forest management and conservation in Australia. This organisation is the representing body for professional foresters and people involved in the many facets of forestry, including research, resource management and education.

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NSW Forest Products Association

The NSW Forest Products Association is the representative organisation of the forest and forest products industry in NSW. FPA principally exists to represent the NSW hardwood timber industry at parliamentary, political and senior Government levels. It also provides advice and assistance to branches on resource and market development as well as supplying factual forest management information to the community as required.

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Timber Preservers Association of Australia (TPAA)

TPAA represents the nation's timber preservation industry. It is an organisation comprising timber treaters, suppliers of preservatives, research organisations, and individuals and bodies having an interest in the use of preservative-treated timber.
The TPAA promotes a knowledge of the principles and methods of timber preservation within the industry, assists in the establishment and adherence to Standards for the treatment of timber, and promotes best practice in the production of treated timber.

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Timber Communities Australia (TCA)

An independent not-for-profit national organisation that provides support and political representation for grassroots timber industries and their communities to ensure their interests are heard and evidence considered through the various levels of government. They aim to ensure long term access to Australia’s forest resources for maintaining regional employment opportunities in forest dependent sectors, creating new regional development initiatives and promoting the commitment of regional forest workers to sustainable forest management, conservation, harvesting and utilisation.

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Timber Merchants Association

Timber Merchants Association is a Victoria based organisation that works in conjunction with a number of industry bodies in representing the industry to government on such issues as Chain of custody and Certification for timber, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Green Star building regulations as part of the wider communities concern with sustainable timber products and building practices.

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Timber Queensland

Timber Queensland is the peak industry body in Queensland that provides a unified voice to participate in developing a whole-of-industry position on issues which impact members. The organisation is committed to creating greater public and political awareness of the forest and timber industries, and the valuable economic and environmental contribution they make to Queensland.

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Victorian Association of Forest Industries

The Victorian Association of Forest Industries (VAFI) is the peak industry body of the native hardwood processing industry in Victoria and represents its members' interests to government, the community and markets. It has the goal of ensuring forest industries of Victoria remain robust and sustainable.

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Wood Products Victoria

Wood Products Victoria (WPV) aims to develop, promote and protect the use of sustainable timber and wood products for ensuring timber products are used as the most suitable materials.

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Industry Standards

Australian Forestry Standard

Australian Forestry Standard Limited (AFS Ltd) is a not-for-profit public company which owns and manages the Australian Forest Certification Scheme (AFCS). The AFCS is built on two Australian Standards® – AS4708 and AS4707.

AFS Ltd is the Australian member of the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) and the AFCS is one of thirty national forest certification schemes endorsed by the PEFC.

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Forest Stewardship Council

FSC is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. FSC certification is a voluntary, market-based tool that supports responsible forest management worldwide. The FSC label ensures that the forest products used are from responsibly harvested and verified sources.

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Other

International Forestry Students Association

An international educational association for students of forest sciences. This association encourages students to network with students from other countries, share ideas and experiences to strengthen the international voice of forestry and promote cultural understanding. This association helps provide valuable feedback for strengthening forestry education programs and adapting to needs of a dynamic industry.

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Make It Wood

Planet Ark's Make It Wood - Do Your World Some Good site aims to encourage the increased use of responsibly sourced wood as a building material. When sourced responsibly, wood can play a big part in helping tackle climate change. This is because wood is a low carbon option for building - when used in long-lived applications it stores carbon for the long-term, it is renewable and it has a lower embodied energy than many other building materials such as concrete, steel or plastics.

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National Carpenters Day

A celebration of carpenters and their work and a recognition of their contribution to our community since 1788. In 2009, National Carpenters Day was Australia’s first occasion to recognise the contribution hard working carpenters made to our lives, and celebrations continues as an annual event.

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Tasmanian Timber

For information on products, applications and uses of Tasmanian timber. Wood properties and visual samples are provided for major tree species.

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Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

These awards aim to encourage people between the ages of 18 and 35 years to use science, technology and innovation to advance the future of agriculture, fisheries, forestry, food and natural resource management industries.

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The Foundation for Australian Agricultural Women (FAAW)

FAAW is a national, independent, non-profit organisation whose mission is to enable women, living and working in rural communities in Australia, access to leadership training and experience.

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The Gottstein Trust

The Trust provides financial support to people employed in the industry who wish to further their education, develop new skills and continue contributing to the Australian forest products industry through their professional development.

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Wood. Naturally Better.™

Wood. Naturally Better.™ is a program designed to help professionals and consumers understand how they can play a part in tackling climate change by using one of the most natural materials – wood. This site contains an overview of the industry, information about wood, using wood and its environmental benefits.

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WoodSolutions

WoodSolutions is an industry initiative designed to provide information on timber and timber products to professionals and companies involved in building design and construction. 
Resourced by Forest & Wood Products Australia (FWPA), WoodSolutions is a collaborative effort between FWPA members and levy payers, supported by industry peak bodies and technical associations.

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