AFPA welcomes newly appointed VFPA CEO Andrew White

The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) is pleased to welcome new Victorian Forest Products Association (VFPA) CEO, Andrew White to the role ahead of his commencement in late August 2024, AFPA Chief Executive Officer, Diana Hallam said today. “On behalf of AFPA and the broader industry I welcome Andrew’s appointment as VFPA CEO and look […]

Major barrier removed to unlock carbon farming and forestry investment!

After a long campaign by the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA), Australia’s forest industry can now celebrate the removal of the ‘water rule’ that for years has deterred new timber plantings participating in the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF), AFPA Chief Executive Officer, Diana Hallam said today. As of 1 June 2024, the water rule that […]

AFPA welcomes continued Federal Budget support for Australia’s forest industries, but greater focu…

Australia’s forest products sector welcomes the Federal Government’s ongoing support in the 2024-25 Federal Budget, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA), Diana Hallam said today. “The Budget builds on the Australian Government’s investment since 2022 to boost timber and wood fibre supply, enhance manufacturing productivity, develop strategic industry policy planning and […]

Government opens tender for Forestry Workforce Training Program

The Albanese Government has taken a key step in delivering an important $10 million election commitment in Forestry Workforce Training this week with the opening of tenders for the program’s delivery, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA), Diana Hallam said today. ​“The forestry industry is a significant employer in rural and […]

Senate stands up for plantation forestry

The Coalition, the Australian Greens and key Senate crossbenchers have stood up for Australian plantation forestry, fixing laws that would have hampered investment in much needed new forestry plantings, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA), Diana Hallam said today. The Treasury Laws Amendment Bill was amended in the Senate yesterday (Wednesday) […]

AFPA welcomes strengthened laws to fight illegal logging

Australia’s forest products sector welcomes legislation introduced into the Australian Parliament today by the Albanese Government that will strengthen Australia’s fight against illegally logged timber, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) Diana Hallam said today. The provisions of the Illegal Logging Prohibition Amendment (Strengthening Measures to Prevent Illegal Timber Trade) Bill […]

Increasing trust in Australian forest products across the supply chain with signing of MOU

Growers are increasing Australians’ confidence in homegrown forest products with a fully certified supply chain and the backing of the nationally endorsed ForestFit™ Standard and certification scheme. AFPA members have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Australian Forest Contractors Association (AFCA) to implement ForestFit™ to improve the management of critical risks, reduce costs […]

Celebrating International Day of Forests on 21 March

2024’s International Day of Forests theme – ‘Forests and Innovation: New Solutions for a Better World’ is especially relevant for Australia’s forest products sector as people, communities and business learn more about how our forest and wood product industries are playing a significant role in climate mitigation and are key to meeting 2030 global emissions […]

AFPA welcomes progress on AFWI establishment process

The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) welcomes today’s Commonwealth announcement that University of Sunshine Coast and University of Melbourne will be invited to form Australian Forest and Wood Innovations (AFWI) research centres, joining the third research centre being established at the University of Tasmania in Launceston. AFPA Acting Chief Executive Officer Richard Hyett said, “I […]

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