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Rebuilding Tasmania's Forest Industry

The Tasmanian Government is committed to rebuilding Tasmania's forest industry. The Government's focus is on:

  • encouraging and supporting investment in innovation and new uses for our timber
  • capturing new export markets whilst creating stronger on-island uses for our wood, such as engineered timbers, biofuels and bioenergy
  • preventing further 'lock-ups' of Tasmania's valuable forest resources
  • securing resources for our sawmills, veneer mills and specialty timber industries; and
  • supporting Forest Stewardship Council certification for Forestry Tasmania.

As part of its commitment to rebuild Tasmania's forest industry the Government is implementing the following key initiatives:

The Forestry (Rebuilding the Forest Industry) Act 2014

The Forestry (Rebuilding the Forest Industry) Act 2014 commenced operation on 22 October 2014.  The purpose of the Act was to repeal the Tasmanian Forests Agreement Act 2013 and to provide for the invigoration of the forest industry.

Key measures within the Act include:

  • transferring previous Future Reserve Land to a new category of land, known as Future Potential Production Forest (FPPF) Land
  • transferring administration of the FPPF Land from Forestry Tasmania to the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
  • no native forest harvesting in the FPPF Land, except for limited special timbers harvesting and a small number of transitional forestry coupes
  • allowance for FPPF Land to be converted to Permanent Timber Production Zone (PTPZ) Land (where timber harvesting is permitted), after 8 April 2020 subject to a range of conditions and the approval of the Parliament.
  • provision for land to be exchanged between FPPF Land and PTPZ Land in exceptional circumstances
  • provision of forest compensation certificates to maintain certainty for the forest industry.

Further Information

Strategic Growth Plan

In March 2017, the Tasmanian Government received the Strategic Growth Plan for the Tasmanian Forest, Fine Timber, and Wood Fibre Industry (Growth Plan) from the Ministerial Advisory Council on Forestry.

More information on the Growth Plan.

Forestry Tasmania Transition

The Minister for Resources and the Treasurer announced a review of the Forestry Tasmania in September 2014.  Objectives of this review were:

  • to examine the most appropriate options to deliver economically viable and sustainable forest management and wood production outcomes for the State
  • to consider the Forestry Tasmania operating model, commercial arrangements and constraints and the impact on its financial performance
  • to identify options for the short term to limit the losses and consider the current and future role of Government in the public production forests.

The Final Report from this review was considered by Government in April 2015 and an in-principle decision has been made to restructure Forestry Tasmania's operating model to focus on growing trees, managing land and selling wood to domestic customers.

To inform a final decision on the details of the new model, a comprehensive program of industry and stakeholder consultation was undertaken during June and July 2015.  The State Government is considering the feedback from this consultation as part of the ongoing process to transition Forestry Tasmania to ongoing sustainability.

Further Information

Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement

The Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) is an inter-governmental agreement between the Tasmanian and Australian Governments, signed in November 1997. The Agreement provides for the long term sustainable management of Tasmania's forests, both public and privately owned, and applies for 20 years, with five-yearly reviews.

The third Five-Yearly RFA Review was undertaken in 2015 by Independent Reviewer, Dr Glen Kile.  The completed report has been submitted to the Australian and Tasmanian Governments and has been tabled in both houses of the Australian Parliament.

The Tasmanian and Australian Governments have jointly prepared a response to the recommendations contained in the report

Formal negotiations are underway for the extension of the RFA and will conclude with the Prime Minister and Tasmanian Premier signing and announcing the extended Tasmanian RFA.

Permanent Native Forest Estate Policy Review

The Permanent Native Forest Estate Policy ensures that Tasmania maintains a permanent native forest estate that comprises areas of forest managed on a sustainable basis both within formal reserves and within multiple-use forests across public and private land.

The Tasmanian and Australian Governments are undertaking a review of the Policy as a related action to the RFA third five-yearly review and extension.

Management and Utilisation of Wood Residues

The Tasmanian Government has commissioned the Residues Solutions Study, to identify potential options to use harvesting and processing residues from Tasmania's forests, including native forest and plantations. Finding durable markets for residues is critical to rebuilding Tasmania's forest industry.

The Stage 1 Report was developed with input from an Advisory Group of government and industry representatives established specifically for the Residues Solutions Study.  The final Stage 1 report is available.  The Stage 2 report is currently being finalised and will be published following completion.

The Government is also, through an expression of Interest (EOI) process, looking to the private sector to develop independent commercial solutions for the use of wood residues from public forest operations in southern Tasmania.  

The existing financial support to industry for transport of southern residues will be phased out in conjunction with the development of an industry-led southern residues solution.