Before you process a domestically grown raw log in Australia, it is important you understand your responsibilities as a processor under Australia’s illegal logging laws.
Your key responsibilities
If you are processing domestically grown raw logs in Australia, the illegal logging laws affect you in two key ways:
You could face heavy fines, the forfeiture of your goods, and/or imprisonment if you process a raw log that has been illegally harvested. This means if you have obtained Australian grown raw logs and you have reason to suspect they have been illegally logged, you should not proceed with your processing.
You also must actively manage the risk the raw logs have been illegally harvested. This is called undertaking ‘due diligence’ and must be completed before you process the raw logs.
The Illegal Logging Prohibition Regulation 2012 sets out the steps that must be undertaken to conduct due diligence on domestically grown raw logs.
The central focus of the due diligence process is understanding the background of the logs you are dealing with. This information should allow you to make more informed purchasing choices and minimise the risk that the products you are processing contains illegally logged timber.
In conducting your due diligence, the Regulation requires you to:
- have a written system that sets out how you will carry out your due diligence
- gather certain supporting information and evidence to inform your risk assessment
- assess the risk that the log was illegally harvested
- if necessary, undertake additional mitigating actions to minimise this risk
- maintain suitable records.
For more information on the due diligence process, please refer to Guidance for processors page.
Who is a processor?
A processor is an entity who processes domestically grown raw logs. This includes activities such as the processing of logs into woodchips, sawnlogs, pulp, or other timber products. Preparation activities undertaken at the harvest site, such as felling, delimbing and the preparation of logs for transport, are not considered processing.
Only certain entities are regulated under the processing elements of the laws. This includes:
- constitutional corporations (including a corporation incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001, a corporation incorporated under state or territory legislation; a body established under legislation to be incorporated, and a foreign, financial or trading corporation)
- a person who processes a raw log for a constitutional corporation (see above)
- a person who processes a raw log in an Australian territory
- a person who processes a raw log with the intent of trading the resultant product with another Australian state or territory
- a person who processes a raw log with the intent of trading the resultant product to the Australian Government or government authority
Where can I find more information?
We are here to help you comply with Australia’s illegal logging laws. These webpages provide a range of resources and guidance to better understand your obligations under the laws.
You can also contact us for further information on how the laws operate and if they affect you:
- phone during business hours on 1800 900 090 or if outside of Australia +61 2 6272 3933
- email illegal logging
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