The forest, wood and paper products industry is one of Australia’s largest manufacturing industries with an annual turnover of $21 billion. It contributes around 0.6 per cent to Australia’s gross domestic product and 6.7 per cent of manufacturing output. In 2011-12, approximately 77, 300 people are directly employed in the industry, including 15,000 people in the forestry and logging sectors and 44,000 people in the wood manufacturing and 18,000 in pulp and paper manufacturing sectors (ABARES 2013). A further 200,000 jobs are supported through flow on economic activity. The forest, wood and paper products industry is predominately regionally based, shares common boundaries and policy issues with many other agricultural industries and is socio-economically very important to many rural communities.

 

Submission on the Agricultural Competitiveness Issues Paper