Carbon

Australia’s forestry operations are carbon positive, and our plantations are storing 258 million tonnes of carbon

Native Forestry

There are 132 million hectares of native forests in Australia. Only about 8 million hectares are managed for forestry operations, on behalf of all forest users. A tiny fraction of the forest (0.06%) is harvested each year. All harvested land is regenerated by law.

Sustainable management

Sustainably managing our native forests for timber delivers the best climate change mitigation results

2 million hectares

There is around 2 million hectares of commercial plantation forestry in Australia

70 million trees

The Australian Forest industry plants around 70 million plantation trees every year, covering an area equivalent to 136,000 football fields

Employment

Forest industries directly employ 80,000 people and another 100,000 indirectly. Forest industries are the major employer in many regional towns

Diverse jobs

Forest industry jobs cover a huge range of professions including: the planting and regeneration of forests, managing forests, sustainable harvest of forests and the haulage of timber and woodchips; processing into construction timber, fence posts, and sleepers timber; the manufacturing of paper, cardboard, tissue, paper towels and nappies; creation of renewable biopellets for energy, and a range of biomaterials and biochemicals

$24 Billion

The Australian Forest industries contributes $24 billion to the economy every year