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.
ABARES publishes comprehensive datasets relating to Australia's forestry sector in its biannual Australian Forest and Wood Products Statistics report, including time series of data on forest and wood products resources, production, consumption, trade and employment.
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.
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.
ForestrySA is committed to responsible environmental management of plantation and native forests within South Ausralia. Its Forest Management System is certified to the internationally recognised Australian Forestry Standard for Sustainable Forest Management (AS 4708), administered by Responsible Wood. The Mount Lofty Ranges and Green Triangle forests are certified to this standard.
ForestrySA’s sustainable forest management program involves the management of 10,500ha of plantation pine in the Mount Lofty Ranges. As a plantation manager, ForestrySA’s focus is the production of log which our customers convert into a range of structural and non-structural timber products. Most timber is sold to regional domestic markets, with some exported according to quality and demand.
ForestrySA is also responsible for more than 16,000ha of native forest located within South Australia’s Mount Lofty Ranges and Green Triangle regions. These forests are managed and protected for conservation purposes.
All plantation and native forest areas under ForestrySA management are widely used and valued by the community for recreation.
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.
This Queensland state 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.
The Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) Forestry division enables the growth of South Australia’s forestry and wood products industries. They work with businesses and the community to promote the future of the forestry and wood products industry in South Australia and seeks new opportunities for development.
Working together our aim is to increase the economic value of the forest and wood products industry, strengthen the industry’s contribution to the community, enhance the industry’s contribution to the environment.
Sustainable Timber Tasmania is a Tasmanian Government Business Enterprise. They manage approximately 812,000 hectares of public production forest in sustainable ways. These forests are called Permanent Timber Production Zone land. Their people work in a variety of areas across Tasmania, including: certification, communications, stakeholder engagement, conservation, finance and administration, firefighting, forest health, geographic information systems, harvesting, information technology, land management, natural capital, people and culture, planning, project management, regeneration, research, work health and safety. Information about these forests and the people working to manage them are all accessible via their website.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Formerly the Institute of Foresters of Australia and Australian Forest Growers Association, Forestry Australia is a professional association with approximately 1,000 members. Their members are forest scientists, professionals, managers and growers operating in all aspects of forest and natural resource management throughout Australia.
Forestry Australia advocates for and provides professional development to ensure balanced, integrated forested land use, as well as sustainable management that meets community and environmental needs.They have always aimed to advance and protect the cause of forestry and promote professional standards and ethical forest practice, as well as produce educational, marketing and other materials.
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.
SAFPA represents all elements of the forest and wood products value chain from the sustainable establishment and management of plantations, harvesting and haulage, processing of timber resources and manufacture of products and bioproducts.
SAFPA is a policy development, lobbying and advocacy organisation for their members interests. They collaborate strongly with other industry bodies to ensure the best outcomes for the industry generally and their members more specifically. Their charter provides autonomy to manage state issues and they cooperate with AFPA on any issue that transcends state borders and has national implications.
TFPA represents all elements of the value chain in Tasmania for forest and wood products from the sustainable harvesting of plantations and multiple use natural forest resource including forest establishment and management, harvesting and haulage, processing of timber resources and manufacture of pulp, paper and bioproducts.
TFPA is a policy development, lobbying and advocacy organisation for their members interests. They collaborate strongly with other industry bodies to ensure the best outcomes for the industry generally and their members more specifically. Their charter provides autonomy to manage state issues and they cooperate with AFPA on any issue that transcends state borders and has national implications.
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.
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.
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.
The Victorian Forest Products Association is the peak industry body of the value chain from the sustainable harvesting of plantations and multiple use natural forest resource including forest establishment and management, harvesting and haulage, processing of timber resources and manufacture of pulp, paper and bioproducts.
VFPA is a policy development and advocacy group which represents the interests of Victoria’s sustainable forestry. They collaborate strongly with other industry bodies to ensure the best outcomes for forestry generally and their members more specifically. Their charter provides autonomy to manage state issues and they cooperate with AFPA on any issue that transcends state borders and has national implications.
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.
PEFC, the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, is a leading global alliance of national forest certification systems. As an international non-profit, non-governmental organization, they are dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management through independent third-party certification.
What we do and why - They endorse national forest certification systems, including Australia's Responsible Wood, developed through multi-stakeholder processes and tailored to local priorities and conditions. They believe that forest certification needs to be local; this is why they choose to work with national organizations to advance responsible forestry. Forest certification is at their core. They provide forest owners, from the large to the small, with a tool to demonstrate their responsible practices, while empowering consumers and companies to buy sustainably.
At Responsible Wood, they care for forests globally and locally. They work to protect our forests by promoting sustainable forest management through certification. This means we can all benefit from the many products that forests provide now, while ensuring these forests will be around for generations to come.
Responsible Wood are committed to protecting and promoting Australia’s unique environments with standards that ensure a forest industry that is environmentally, socially, culturally and commercially sustainable. They pioneered the development of certification standards for wood and wood products sourced from sustainably managed forests in Australia. Their standards provide guidance and accountability for forest managers, manufacturers and suppliers.
Responsible Wood, is a not-for-profit standards development organisations [formerly known as Australian Forestry Standard Ltd].
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.
Growing Careers 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.