Have your say on Australia’s illegal logging regulation
The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is seeking feedback on proposed options to simplify requirements and minimise the costs of complying with Australia’s illegal logging laws.
The release of the consultation paper marks the beginning of an industry engagement process to reform Australia’s illegal logging laws and provide reform options to government for consideration.
Assistant Secretary of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Forestry Branch, Michelle Lauder, said that the consultation paper outlines a number of options designed to make the laws easier to comply with, whilst still maintaining the integrity of the regulation that deters the trade in illegally logged products and protects legitimate Australian businesses.
“Illegal logging has serious environmental, social and economic costs and Australia needs strong regulation in place to prevent illegal timber products from entering the Australian market and undercutting legitimate businesses,” Ms Lauder said.
“The illegal logging laws were introduced in 2012, to promote the trade of legally harvested timber products and deter those who do the wrong thing.
“As in all industries, it’s important to balance the requirements of effective regulations with the least possible burden on industry.
“The independent review of the illegal logging regulation released by KPMG in February 2016 revealed areas where the regulation could potentially be improved.
“We are asking industry and the community to assist us in improving the regulation so it is fit for purpose and makes the 'due diligence' requirements easier to comply with.”
The consultation paper outlines six potential options to reform the Illegal Logging Prohibition Regulation 2012, and poses a series of questions designed to seek feedback on the reform options for consideration by the government.
Importers, processors of domestically grown timber, custom brokers, international suppliers, community groups and businesses involved in the sale and manufacturing of timber products are invited to download the consultation paper and email their feedback to Illegal Logging
Submissions close 12:30PM AEDT, 23 December 2016.
For more information on the Illegal Logging Regulation Impact Statement visit Reforming Australia's illegal logging regulations.