Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement

​​​​​​The Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) provides a framework for the sustainable management of Tasmania’s public and privately owned forests.

The Australian and Tasmanian governments signed the Tasmanian RFA on 8 November 1997. It was varied on 18 August 2017 to extend its life to 8 November 2037 and to establish an automatic extension mechanism, with subsequent five-yearly extensions contingent on satisfactory completion of five-yearly reviews.

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2017 Tasmanian RFA variation DOCX  2859 KB
2017 Tasmanian RFA variation - signed copy PDF  282.0 MB

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Extending the Tasmanian RFA

The Australian and Tasmanian governments have extended the Tasmanian RFA by 20 years as it has proven to be a strong and effective framework for the sustainable management of Tasmania’s forests.

The governments also agreed to introduce a rolling life for the Tasmanian RFA, which means it will be extended by five years if it is found to be successfully sustaining Tasmania’s forests at each of its five-yearly reviews.

Extending the Tasmanian RFA gives long-term stability to protections for biodiversity and heritage, and surety of resource access for industry, ensuring the whole community can continue to enjoy the many benefits that Tasmanian forests provide well into the future.

The extension was formalised on 18 August 2017 following extensive assessment, public consultation, independent review and negotiation.

What’s changed?

The extended Tasmanian RFA delivers a number of improvements to the RFA framework:

  • a 20-year extension to the current agreement
  • rolling five-year extensions, subject to satisfactory performance and review
  • a more outcomes focused five-yearly review process
  • strengthened communication between the Australian and Tasmanian governments
  • specific clauses referring to climate change and matters of national environmental significance in the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth) have been included.

Importantly, the objectives of the Tasmanian RFA have not changed. The comprehensive, adequate and representative reserve system will continue, certainty of resource access and supply to industry will be maintained; as well as ecologically sustainable forest management for areas outside of reserves.

The Tasmanian RFA has been further streamlined by bringing any outstanding commitments from the 2005 Tasmanian Community Forest Agreement into the extended Regional Forest Agreement.

The Supplementary RFA no longer exists as an administrative document, but all outstanding or ongoing commitments have been incorporated into the extended Tasmanian RFA

A consolidated document has been produced that includes the three variations to the original agreement, as well as the 2017 variation.

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Consolidated Tasmanian RFA (includes multiple variations) PDF  892.2 MB
Consolidated Tasmanian RFA (includes multiple variations) DOCX  89425 KB

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Consultation

The Australian and Tasmanian governments sought public submissions when reviewing and extending the Tasmanian RFA on two occasions (from 17 April to 12 June 2015, and from 22 November to 23 December 2016). This was to ensure all voices and needs were considered and represented in the balance of forest use.

Views, feedback and concerns from the public or interested stakeholders about forestry practices were listened to, considered seriously and addressed where needed. These have resulted in continual improvements to the Tasmanian RFA, the Tasmanian forest management system and associated policies and documents during the past 20 years.

For further information about the consultation process and the Tasmanian forest management system, visit the Tasmanian Government Department of State Growth’s website.

Assessment of values – an update to the Tasmanian Comprehensive Regional Assessment

To inform the extension of the Tasmanian RFA, the Australian and Tasmanian governments undertook a further assessment of forest-related environmental, social and economic values in Tasmania. This assessment provided an update to information in the Tasmanian Comprehensive Regional Assessment (CRA).

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Further assessment of matters under the Regional Forest Agreements Act 2002 (Cth) relating to the 2017 variation of the Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement PDF 3087.6 MB

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The 1997 Tasmanian RFA

The Australian and Tasmanian governments signed the original 1997 Tasmanian RFA on 8 November 1997. The agreement was for a duration of 20 years and was set to expire on 8 November 2017.

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Variations to the Tasmanian RFA

A variation to the Tasmanian RFA was signed on 19 July 2001 by the Australian and Tasmanian governments.

A Supplementary Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement was signed by the Australian and Tasmanian governments on 13 May 2005 as part of the Tasmanian Community Forest Agreement (TCFA). The Supplementary RFA no longer exists as an administrative document, but all outstanding or ongoing commitments have been incorporated into the extended Tasmanian RFA.

A variation to the Tasmanian RFA was signed on 23 February 2007 by the Australian and Tasmanian governments.

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A third variation to the Tasmanian RFA was signed on 18 August 2017 by the Australian and Tasmanian governments to extend the Tasmanian RFA and deliver a number of improvements to the RFA framework.

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Tasmanian RFA five-yearly reviews

It is a requirement of the Tasmanian RFA that its performance is reviewed every five years by an independent reviewer.

Subject to the satisfactory completion of each five-yearly review, the Tasmanian RFA will now be automatically extended for a further five years. The automatic extension process will begin with the five-yearly review due to commence in 2022.

Further information on each of the Tasmanian RFA five-yearly reviews are available:

Historical publications

Many historical publications informed the development of the Tasmanian RFA and continue to underpin the management of forests covered by the agreement.

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A preliminary assessment of the conservation and reservation status of Tasmanian Bryophytes (December 1996) DOC48226 KB
A preliminary assessment of the distribution and conservation status of some lichens in Tasmania's forests (October 1996) DOC55154 KB
A recovery plan and management guidelines for threatened orchids in Tasmanian forests (February 1997) DOC86477 KB
Habitat modelling of the Forty-spotted Pardalot and recommendations for management (January 1997) DOC50772 KB
Invertebrate Bioregions in Tasmania (December 1996) DOC55387 KB
Management prescriptions for Tasmania's cave fauna (March 1997) DOC1859.5 MB
Management requirements for rare and threatened burrowing crayfish in Tasmania (November 1996) DOC992.2 MB
Management prescriptions for the swift parrot in production forests (February 1997) DOC60884 KB
Modelling of the Nesting Habitat of the Wedge-tailed Eagle Aquila audax fleayi in Tasmania (January 1997) DOC  79 KB
National Estate Report (February 1997) DOC2843.6 MB
Pilot study of the effects of modern logging practices on the decaying log-habitat in wet eucalypt forests in south-east Tasmania (November 1996) DOC83786 KB

Predicting essential habitat for forest owls in Tasmania (January 1997)

 

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Preliminary assessment of distribution and habitat associations of the spotted-tailed quoll (Dasyurus maculatus maculatus) and eastern quoll (D. viverrinus) in Tasmania (November 1996) DOC581.2 MB
Rare or threatened Tasmanian forest ferns (January 1997) DOC42226 KB
Reservation assessment and habitat requirements of the giant Tasmanian freshwater lobster, Astacopis gouldi (May 1997) DOC101313 KB

Tasmanian Environment and Heritage Report (no date)

 

 

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Tasmanian stream macroinvertebrates: Sampling to complete biodiversity assessment and modelling and classification of stream sites (February 1997) DOC1071.6 MB

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The Tasmanian Land Tenure Maps identify the extent of the comprehensive adequate and representative reserve system in Tasmania, as of 1997:

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Land Tenure (November 1997): A2 GIF  1144 KB
Land Tenure (November 1997): A0 GIF1439 KB

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The Tasmanian Land Use Map identifies the area of reserves, private and multiple use land in Tasmania as of 1997:

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Land Use (no date): A4 GIF  128 KB

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Review of the Deep Red Myrtle Resource in Tasmania (April 2002) PDF581.4 MB

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Tasmanian Social and Economic Report (no date) DOC4913.9 MB
Tasmanian Social and Economic Report (no date) PDF4912.9 MB

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