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Extending the Tasmanian RFA

The Australian and Tasmanian governments have committed to establish a 20 year rolling extension to the Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement (RFA).

Stakeholders have had an initial opportunity to provide feedback (from 17 April to 12 June 2015) about extending the Tasmanian RFA, as part of the third five-yearly review of the RFA. This initial feedback, and the Independent Reviewer’s report to the third five‑yearly review of the Tasmanian RFA informed the focus of an additional round of consultation conducted in December 2016, which included drop-in centres around the State, and a month-long period in which written submissions were invited. More details on this December 2016 round of consultation are given below.

The governments are considering practical improvements to the Tasmanian RFA, to ensure it remains effective and credible in the long term. While the governments are not negotiating a new RFA, or changing the Agreement’s fundamental objectives, they have identified the following improvements to the RFA framework:

  • Streamlined and strengthened review and reporting arrangements – presently the five yearly reviews examine the implementation of the RFA clause-by-clause. The improved review and reporting arrangements will be outcomes focused.
  • Improved and contemporary dispute resolution mechanisms – these will give the governments more options for resolving issues about the implementation of the RFA.
  • Improved communication and consultation – the governments will hold annual officials level bilateral meetings, in the interim years between five-yearly reviews, to discuss issues relating to the ongoing implementation of the RFA.
  • Modernisation of the RFA – where practicable, the governments will update references to superseded legislation and policy.

The Tasmanian RFA is the governments’ policy framework for delivering sustainable forest management in Tasmania. In extending the Tasmanian RFA, the governments will maintain the Agreement’s key objectives:

  • certainty of resource access and supply to Tasmania’s forestry industry
  • ecologically sustainable forest management and use of Tasmania’s productive forests, and
  • a Comprehensive Adequate and Representative reserve system.

December 2016 Consultation

The period for submissions was from 22 November to 23 December 2016

When putting together feedback, respondents were encouraged to make use of the Department’s Forestry Fact Sheet PDF, 375.03 KB , and access some historical documents of the RFA. Respondents were also encouraged to submit their feedback using the Questionnaire PDF, 295.15 KB,

Feedback was also sought by way of drop-in centres. There were three drop-in sessions conducted; one in each region of the State:

  • Monday 5 December 2016, 4.00–7.30pm at Peach & Plum Rooms – Huon LINC, 1 Skinner Drive, Huonville
  • Wednesday 7 December 2016, 4.00–7.30pm at Wellers Inn, 36 Queen Street, Burnie
  • Thursday 8 December 2016, 4.00–7.30pm at The LINC, 51 King Street, Scottsdale

Privacy Notice

Respondents were directed to the following privacy notice:

You are providing personal information to the Tasmanian Department of State Growth (the Department), which will manage that information in accordance with the Personal Information Protection Act 2004.

The personal information collected here will be used by the Department for the purpose of receiving and verifying contact details for stakeholders who have chosen to submit a completed questionnaire on the extension to the Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement. Failure to provide this information may result in the non-acceptance of your questionnaire or records not being properly maintained. The Department may also use the information for related purposes, or disclose it to third parties, including the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, in circumstances allowed for by law. You have the right to access your personal information by request to the Department and you may be charged a fee for this service.

Copyright in completed questionnaires resides with the author(s), not with the Department.

In providing a completed questionnaire, you agree that:

  • unless you indicate otherwise below (or as otherwise determined by the Department), your questionnaire will be published on the Department’s website and will remain on the Department’s website indefinitely.
  • the Department can contact you about your questionnaire.
  • for published questionnaires from individuals, your name will be published with your questionnaire. All other contact details will be removed from your questionnaire.
  • for published questionnaires from organisations, your name and your organisation’s details will be published with your questionnaire.