Further information and resources

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Media r​elease

  • Taking care of small business a priority for logging review - 1 December 2014
  • New illegal logging laws: m​aking it easy to get it right - 8 October 2014

Departmental policy statement​

The department has developed a position paper PDF [189 KB]  Word [1.8 MB] outlining how it will work with and support industry with the illegal logging laws and new due diligence requirements.

Guidance materials

These factsheets and guidance materials are to help Australian businesses and other stakeholders to understand the illegal logging laws. These include:

General factsheets

Guidance for importers

Guidance for processors

Country specific guidelines

These documents have been prepared to help importers better understand the legal frameworks used in other countries to regulate the harvesting of timber. This information can assist you in carrying out your due diligence requirements.

Canada Country Specific Guideline

Finland Country Specific Guideline

Indonesia Country Specific Guideline

Italy Country Specific Guideline


Malaysia’s forestry and timber industry operates in three defined regions; Peninsular, Sabah and Sarawak. To assist importers, a Country Specific Guideline is available for each region. The Quick Reference Guide covers all three regions.

New Zealand Country Specific Guideline

Papua New Guinea

Solomon Islands Country Specific Guideline

We are continuing to work with our trading partners to develop additional Country Specific Guidelines. These will be made available here when ready.

State specific guidelines

These documents have been prepared to help processors better understand the legal frameworks used in each Australian state to regulate the harvesting of timber. This information can assist you in carrying out your due diligence requirements.

New South Wales State Specific Guideline

Queensland State Specific Guideline

South Australia State Specific Guideline

Tasmania State Specific Guideline

Victoria State Specific Guideline

Western Australia State Specific Guideline

We are continuing to work with the state governments to develop additional State Specific Guidelines.

Industry generated guidance materials

The Timber Development Association, with funding from the Australian Government and supported by the Australian timber products industry, has developed a range of tools and guidance that provide one way of satisfying the new due diligence requirements.

The Australian Timber Importers Federation Inc (ATIF) and Timber Development Association have also prepared a Legality Compliance ToolkitPDF icon PDF [9 MB] and Legality Compliance Toolkit addendumPDF icon PDF [656 KB] to assist timber product importers understand, implement and comply with the requirements of the Illegal Logging Prohibition Act 2012 and the Illegal Logging Prohibition Regulation 2012.

ATIF are holding training sessions on the toolkit. For further information on the training sessions, please contact ATIF General Manager John Halkett by email.

Information events

In September 2015, the Forestry branch presented an Illegal Logging Laws session
PDF icon PDF [1 MB] PDF icon Word [17 KB]​ as part of the annual Department of Agriculture Biosecurity Sessions. The session provided an overview of the first year of operation of the due diligence requirements and provided a review of the first six months of compliance assessments, focussing on common areas of non-compliance and potential solutions.

Webinar Events

In the lead up to the new illegal logging due diligence requirements coming into effect, the department and Forest and Wood Products Australia held a series of webinars through October and November 2014.  You can view the webinar and access the presentation from the Forest and Wood Products Australia website.

Reports supporting the illegal logging laws

A number of reports were commissioned by the government to underpin the development of the illegal logging laws. Some of the key reports are included below:

Some publications were not prepared by the department and may not meet Australian Government accessibility guidelines. If you require an accessible version of the publication, please contact its author.​​​​​

Translated fact sheets

Available in the following languages:

  • Chinese
  • Indonesian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Spanish
  • Thai
  • Vietnamese