What is the Forest Industry Taskforce?
Who is on the Taskforce?
What has the Taskforce reached agreement about?
What are the agreed certainties?
What does the Taskforce agree are the key opportunities for change?
What is the Taskforce working on now?
What might we expect?
How is the Taskforce involving stakeholders?
How can I get involved?


What is the Forest Industry Taskforce?
The Forest Industry Taskforce is a group of ten people representing the forest, fibre and wood products industry, union and forest conservation groups. They are working together to “reach common ground on a durable, long-term set of recommendations to government about future issues facing the industry, job protection, economic activity, protection of our unique native flora and fauna and threatened species, such as the Leadbeater’s possum.”

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Who is on the Taskforce?
A list of the members of the Forest Industry Taskforce is available here.

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What has the Taskforce reached agreement about?
Agreement has been reached on:

  • Areas of shared concern
  • Certainties
  • Challenges facing forest, fibre and wood products industries
  • Challenges facing jobs in the industry
  • Challenges for conservation and ecosystem health
  • Opportunities for Change

All members of the Taskforce are committed to reaching common ground on a durable, long-term set of recommendations and proposals to Government, about future issues facing the industry, job protection, economic activity and protection of our unique native flora and fauna and threatened species, such as the Leadbeater’s possum, that create security and certainty for all parties.

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What are the agreed certainties?
The Taskforce agrees that, in no order of priority, it is certain that:

  • Forests will continue to be important for a range of values;
  • Fresh potable water will continue to be valued;
  • Bushfires will occur;
  • There will be drought;
  • Humans will impact upon the environment;
  • Climate change will have impacts;
  • People will continue to need and want jobs;
  • Global demand for wood fibre and wood products will continue to increase; and
  • World markets and technological changes will continue to influence decision-making.

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What does the Taskforce agree are the key opportunities for change?
The Taskforce has identified a number of opportunities for change that will lead to a more durable future for all stakeholders. The opportunities for change inform each other and one cannot be delivered without the others – all are required, not just some. The opportunities include:

  • The establishment of new parks and reserves;
  • Threatened species protection;
  • Industry investment and growth;
  • Wood and fibre supply security;
  • Carbon;
  • Jobs and regional employment; and
  • Regulatory revision and reform.

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What is the Taskforce working on now?
The Taskforce has not yet reached a final set of recommendations for government, however, it has identified immediate next steps to further investigate the opportunities for change:

  • A Future Industry Plan;
  • A Future Conservation and Parks System Plan;
  • Two initial, separate, but concurrent and rapid VEAC investigations into conservation values and fibre and wood supply;
  • Development of carbon methodologies; and
  • Continuing the Areas of Inquiry.

Next steps, mechanisms and processes to deliver Taskforce outcomes will require the timely support of governments, their agencies and departments and engagement with relevant stakeholders.

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What might we expect?
While a range of matters, including the scope and scale, are yet to be determined, for agreement to be reached on a durable outcome, the Taskforce expects that any final, detailed recommendations will need to include both:

  • Guaranteed improved outcomes for biodiversity and control of threats to conservation values that will provide secure conservation outcomes, including through establishment of new parks and reserves in eastern Victoria; and
  • Guaranteed wood and fibre supply that will provide secure economic outcomes for the short, medium and long-term, including through a mix of sources and designated areas.

The Taskforce acknowledges we operate in a changing environment and that future durability will be measured by the capacity of all relevant stakeholders, governments and processes, to be adaptable and flexible.

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How is the Taskforce involving stakeholders?
There are many parties interested in the work of the Taskforce and each perspective is different and valuable. Whilst acknowledging these many viewpoints, the focus is to represent the interests of forest, fibre and wood products industries and workers, and of forest conservationists.

As the Taskforce progresses, further engagement with stakeholders will occur. These stakeholders have been identified in Appendix 3 of the Terms of Reference.

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How can I get involved?
By providing your email address above you will receive updates from time-to-time. You might also like to write to us or email us, using the contact form on this website. At various stages throughout the engagement process we will be in contact with other stakeholders to obtain their views.

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Terms of Reference

Statement of Intent