With Australia facing the COVID-19 crisis there is a lot of information out there about what it means for those involved in the forest product industries, no matter where you are.

To help, AFPA has put together the information and updates you can see below. It will be added to as it happens and updated as soon as it changes, and if you see something we should b sharing then please let us know.

To get through this we need to work together, even if it is a distance. Stay safe and well and reach out if help is needed.


Worker and customer hygiene

Your workers must practice good hygiene, including: 

  • frequent hand washing or hand sanitising
  • limiting contact with others, including through shaking hands, and
  • covering their mouths while coughing or sneezing with a clean tissue or their elbow.

Encourage good hand hygiene by everyone at the workplace by:

  • providing access to hand hygiene stations on entry and exit, and
  • encouraging them to only touch what they intend to purchase

Important COVID-19 health and safety information

If you are looking for more information on health and safety information and regulations these websites can assist.


New ATO Tools to assist those working at home 8 April

Parliament to sit the week starting 6 April

Sitting arrangements

Federal Government Jobkeeper payment initiative

The Federal Government has created a new initiative to try and keep Australians in jobs called the jobkeeper payment initiative.

Economic stimulus updates

The Australian Department of Treasury is continually updating the actions being taken to stimulate the economy in the face of COVID-19.

New restrictions on movements in place 30 March 2020

Delays to plant certification

The Federal Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment advises that due to a range of new processes to manage the risks of CoVid-19, clients should expect delays.

  • More information can be found here.

National Cabinet Meeting 29 March

The latest meeting of the National Cabinet met on Sunday 29 March announcing further restrictions.

National Cabinet Update 27 March

National Cabinet met on Friday 27 March

West Australian Travel Restrictions

The West Australian Government will implement stricter restrictions on travel.

Victorian Government assistance

Victoria has announced a package of assistance for businesses.

Tasmanian Relief Announced

The Tasmanian Government has release more details of its relief assistance.

New Tasmanian travel restrictions

Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein has announced anyone taking non essential travel in Tasmania will have to sign a notice that they understand the rules regarding self-isolation and what their obligations are.

First ABS Economic impact assessment

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released its assessment of the COVID-19 Impact.

National Cabinet Update 25 March

On the evening of Wednesday 25 March the National Cabinet provided its latest update on the COVID-19 restrictions.


Senate Inquiry into CoVid-19 response

The Federal Government and Opposition have agreed to form a Senate inquiry into the response to the CoVid-19 crisis

Commercial Regional Broadcasters expect to shut up shop

NSW forms new Department of Regional NSW

The new department will help regionally based businesses and residents to deal with the combined effect of Bushfires, drought, and now CoVid-19

Queensland to tighten borders even further

Queensland has announced it’s border will be tightened even further from Friday 3 April.


Tasmanian energy cost relief for small businesses

Tasmania has announced it will provide relief from energy costs for thousands of small businesses and individuals across the state.

Jobkeeeper Press Conference Monday 30 March

Australia's Resource Ministers promise to work together during the crisis 31 March

Government CoVid-19 Update 30 March

AFPA Media Release: Australian Forest products industries essential for food and medicine production and transport

On Firday 27 March AFPA distributed a media release giving its position on Forest products industries manufacturing and delivery of essential services and products.

Minerals Council Support CoVid-19 restrictions

The Minerals Council of Australia has published a statement outlining the measures it’s members are taking to restriction the spread of CoVid-19


The NSW Government today released the second stage of its economic package aimed at keeping people in jobs, helping businesses and supporting our most vulnerable in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tasmania announces relief package details

The Tasmanian Government has issued a media release on its latest relief package.

AFPA Media Release: Forest Products are an Ëssential Service"

On Monday 23 March AFPA distributed a media release giving its position on the forest products industries being an Ëssential Service”.


Housing Industry Association CoVid-19 information

The Housing Industry Association has published a number of tools online to assist those in the industry to manage CoVid-19


Forest Stewardship Council Newsletter 7 April

Essential Services produced by Australia’s Forest Products Industries during CoVid-19 crisis

Federal, state and territory governments are urged to recognise the forest products industries as essential services that must continue to operate throughout the CoVid-19 crisis to ensure Australians continue to have access to essential goods and services. These include:

NFF LIst of essential services in Australia and information pages

On Friday 27 March the National Farmers Federation published a list of how primary industry was being classified federally and in each state and territory.

  • The Commonwealth recognised agriculture as an essential service on 25/3/20.
  • Queensland has deemed the transport of food as a ‘critical’ service that is exempt from the border restrictions the Qld govt announced on 26/3/20.
  • NSW has listed ‘primary industry production and related businesses and the entire food chain as an ‘essential industry’.
  • Victoria has listed farms and agribusiness as not included in the current bans agreed by the National Cabinet on 24/3/20.
  • South Australia has classified food and food production as an essential service. Primary produce coming over the border will be exempt.
  • Western Australia recognised food deliveries as unrestricted under its Emergency Management Act on 20/3/20.
  • Northern Territory has not listed agriculture as an essential service but has listed Food markets, grocery stores, retail and shopping centres that is necessary for the normal business of those premises.
The NFF also has three dedicated pages to help give access to primary industry relevant information.


Forest Stewardship Council Consultations Update

Because of difficulties due to the CoVid-19 Crisis the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has made some changes to its ongoing consultation plans.

ACCC Chair addresses wealth and disaster online forum

The Chair of the ACCC Rod Sims has made an address to an online business forum title wealth and disaster.

Forest Products Industry COVID-19 Information

Across Australia the Forest Product Industry is working to inform its clients and staff about how to deal with COVID-19

AFPA on the job

At AFPA it is business as usual, as we are following the governments guidelines for social distancing and working from home.

Our members best interests are always at the forefront of our minds, and in this unusual and chaotic time we are working to make sure they are up to date with what is happening and that the newly convened national cabinet has all the information it needs to inform its decision making.

Currently it is our priority to make sure governments know the proven reasons our industry needs to be defined as a supply chain member that supplies essential services and products Australia wide.

We will continue to keep you informed through all our communications channels about what’s happening and what is being reported.

Contact us

Our contact channels are always open and are the same as usual.

  • For assistance or advise call your chamber manager
  • For media advice or needs contact our Coms team
  • For more general needs and enquiries email us at