Western Australian Regional Forest Agreement

The Western Australian Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) is specific to the south-west forest region of Western Australia. The agreement was signed by the Australian and Western Australian governments on 4 May 1999, establishing the framework for the sustainable management of the forests of the south-west region of Western Australia. On 29 March 2019 a 20 year rolling extension was formalised through the variation to the  Western Australian Regional Forest Agreement (WA RFA), with an extension until 4 May 2039. The extension followed an assessment process, public consultation and independent review.

The WA RFA variation includes two Annexures: Annexure 1 is the RFA marked up; Annexure 2 is a ‘clean’ version of the RFA as varied without the mark up.

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Extending the Western Australian Regional Forest Agreement

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

The governments also agreed to introduce a 20 year rolling life for the WA RFA, so at any point in time the WA RFA will be between 15 and 20 years from expiring, depending on the satisfactory completion of the five-yearly reviews.

Extending the WA 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 WA forests provide well into the future.

The extension was formalised on 29 March 2019 following extensive assessment, public consultation, independent review and negotiation.

What’s changed?

The extended WA RFA delivers a number of improvements:

  • a 20-year extension to the 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 WA governments
  • specific clauses referring to climate change and matters of national environmental significance in the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth).

Importantly, the objectives of the WA 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 WA RFA is implemented through the Forest Management System in Western Australia: An Overview​ and based on the principles of ecologically sustainable forest management. The Forest Management System includes relevant forestry, environmental and heritage legislation, regulations, policies and programs.

Assessment of RFA matters

To inform the extension of the WA RFA, the Australian and WA governments undertook an assessment of how the various uses and values of the WA RFA have been monitored, maintained, implemented and addressed since the signing of the WA RFA.

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Assessment of matters pertaining to the extension of the WA Regional Forest Agreement PDF 2006.1 MB
Assessment of matters pertaining to the extension of the WA Regional Forest Agreement DOCX 2008.3 MB

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Consultation

Stakeholders were engaged and given opportunities to provide feedback on the extension of the WA RFA:

  • Comment was invited on the extension of the WA RFA as part of the third five-yearly review
  • Stakeholders had an opportunity to provide feedback from 15 November 2016 to 13 January 2017
  • Comment was also sought through the regional stakeholder engagement process from 17 to 19 October and on 7 November 2018.

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Extending the Regional Forest Agreement for the South-West Forest Region of Western Australia – Overview of Stakeholder Engagement PDF 8796 KB
Extending the Regional Forest Agreement for the South-West Forest Region of Western Australia – Overview of Stakeholder Engagement DOCX 8888 KB

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Western Australian RFA five-yearly reviews

It is a requirement of the Western Australian RFA that its performance is reviewed every five years. The details of the Western Australian RFA review process is outlined in the agreement.

The 1999 WA RFA

The Australian and WA governments signed the original 1999 WA RFA on 4 May 1999. The agreement was for a duration of 20 years and was set to expire on 4 May 2019.

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1999 Western Australian RFA PDF1281.6 MB

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The Western Australian Land Tenure and Zoning Map (April 1999) PDF [3.5 MB, 1 page] identifies the extent of the comprehensive adequate and representative (CAR) reserve system in the south-west region of Western Australia.

Historical Publications

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

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Comprehensive Regional Assessment:

Cultural and Heritage Reports:

Directions or Options Report:

Ecologically Sustainable Forest Management Report:

Environment Reports:

Factsheets:

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What is the WA RFA? (no date) PDF218 KB
A Profile of the Region (no date) PDF213 KB

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Resource Report:

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Assessment of Mineral and Hydrocarbon Resources in the South-West Forest Region of WA (January 1998) PDF1451.7 MB
Assessment of Mineral and Hydrocarbon Resources in the South-West Forest Region of WA (January 1998) DOC145615 KB
Table 1: Summary of geological and mineralising events GIF122 KB
Table 3: Demonstrated and inferred heavy sand resources for sites within mineral and partially within the South-West Forest region DOC1614 KB
Figure 2: Mineral potential tract for bauxite (Bxt1) GIF1112 KB
Figure 3: Mineral potential tract for coal (Coal1) GIF1122 KB
Figure 4: Mineral potential tract for lateritic/saprolitic gold (Au1) GIF1102 KB
Figure 5: Mineral potential tract for Archaean/Precambrian gold (Au2) GIF1129 KB
Figure 6: Mineral potential tract for rift-related epithermal gold-silver (Au3) GIF146 KB
Figure 7: Mineral potential tract for placer gold (Au4) GIF175 KB
Figure 8: Mineral potential tract for shoreline-fluviatile placer titanium (heavy mineral sands) (HMS1) GIF1146 KB
Figure 9: Mineral potential tract for rare-metal pegmatites (RMPeg1) GIF198 KB
Figure 10: Mineral potential tract for alluvial tin and tantalum (RE1) GIF1106 KB
Figure 11: Mineral potential tract for hydrocarbons (Hydrocarb) GIF193 KB
Figure 12: Mineral potential tract for synorogenic-synvolcanic nickel, copper, chromium and platinum group elements (CuNiPGE1) GIF1129 KB
Figure 13: Mineral potential tract for lateritic/saprolitic nickel (Ni1) GIF158 KB
Figure 14: Mineral potential tract for vanadiferous and titaniferous magnetite (VTi1) GIF1129 KB
Figure 15: Mineral potential tract for silica and quartzite (Silica1) GIF1103 KB
Figure 16: Mineral potential tract for clay (Kao) GIF1100 KB
Figure 17: Mineral potential tract for pegmatite-related industrial minerals (Peg1) GIF1135 KB
Figure 18: Mineral potential tract for graphite (Graph1) GIF194 KB
Figure 19: Mineral potential tract for kyanite (Kya1) GIF192 KB
Figure 20: Mineral potential tract for iron ore (Fe1) GIF187 KB
Figure 21: Mineral potential tract for volcanic massive sulphide base metal deposits (BM1) GIF191 KB
Figure 22: Mineral potential tract for peat/lignite (Peat1) GIF1119 KB
Map 1: Precambrian Geology GIF1387 KB
Map 2: Phanerozoic Geology GIF1255 KB
Map 3: Regolith GIF1433KB
Map 4: Mineral Commodities and Structures GIF1234 KB
Map 5: Exploration and Mining Tenements and Activity GIF1255 KB
Map 6: Mineral Resources GIF1227 KB
Map 7: Composite Mineral Potential GIF1343 KB
Map 8: Cumulative Mineral Potential GIF1380 KB
Map 9: Weighted Composite Mineral Potential GIF1335 KB
Map 10: Weighted Cumulative Mineral Potential and Resources GIF11.5 MB

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Social and Economic Reports:

Annual Report:

Annual Reports were required for the first five years of each RFA

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Western Australia Regional Forest Agreement Annual Report June 2000 PDF1236 KB
Western Australia Regional Forest Agreement Annual Report June 2000 DOC12124 KB

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