Mandate for the production of Australia’s State of the Forests Reports
In 1992, the Australian Government and state and territory governments issued a National Forest Policy Statement
which set out a vision for Australia's forests and associated goals, objectives and policies. The National Forest Policy Statement
commits governments, among other things, to publish a review of the state of the forests every five years.
Mandate for the use of the Montréal Process criteria and indicators framework for Australia’s State of the Forests reporting
The seven criteria for sustainable forest management used in the Australia's State of the Forests Report
series were developed by the international-level Montréal Process Working Group
on Criteria and Indicators for the Conservation and Sustainable Management of Temperate and Boreal Forests, of which Australia is a founding member. The former Ministerial Council on Forestry Fisheries and Aquaculture (MCFFA) endorsed the use of the Montréal Process criteria and indicators
as a basis for assessing progress towards sustainable forest management at the national level, and led to development of Australia's current set of 44 national indicators
that suit the reporting of Australia's unique forests under the seven Montréal Process criteria.
The full paper Mandates and drivers for Australia’s State of the Forests Report series and Montréal Process reporting
is available for download in MSWord