Quick Facts

  • $23.7 billion – The Australian Forest industries contributes over $23.7 billion of economic turnover each year.
  • $2 billion trade deficit – Australia has a $2 billion trade deficit in wood products.
  • Diverse jobs – Forest Industries jobs are spread across a huge range of professions including the planting and regeneration of forests, the caring of forests, the sustainable harvest of forests, the haulage of timber and woodchips, timber processing into fence posts, sleepers and sawn timber, the creation of paper, cardboard, tissue, paper towels, nappies and renewable biopellets for energy through to the cutting-edge invention of biomaterials and biochemicals.
  • Employment – About 80,000 people work directly in our industries, while another 40,000 work in diverse jobs which use the timber from our plantation forests and native forests. A further 180,000 people rely on forest industries for their indirect employment.
  • 70 million trees – Every year the Australian Forest industry plants around 70 million trees, to cover an area equivalent to 136,000 football fields, and is more than 2 seedlings for every Australian.
  • 2 million hectares – The area of commercial plantation forestry in Australia.
  • Native Forestry Facts – 70% of Australia’s 123 million hectares of native forest is unavailable or unsuitable for native forestry operations. Only 100,000ha of the native forest area in Australia is harvested for timber annually (less than 0.06% of Australia’s total native forests). All native forest harvested is sustainably regrown, with the regrowth quickly becoming an abundant food source and habitat for native species.
  • Environment – Timber harvesting has not been a “major threat factor” in the extinction of any Australian mammal since European settlement. Feral animals, bushfires and disease are responsible for the majority of extinctions.
  • Sustainable industry – Over 90% of Australia’s commercial native forest operations are independently certified to comply with the world’s best sustainable forest management practices. This is compared to the global average of 8% percent, meaning Australia is a leader when it comes to ensuring the sustainability of forest practices.