In July 2021, the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment announced the Sunsetting Review of the Illegal Logging Prohibition Regulation 2012 (the Regulation).
The Sunsetting Review will consider the fitness for purpose of the Regulation ahead of it ceasing to have effect or ‘sunsetting’ on 1 April 2023. This is standard practice for Commonwealth legislative instruments. The Sunsetting Review will look at whether the Regulation still fulfils its purpose of protecting the Australian market from illegally logged timber.
The Sunsetting Review will also examine ways to strengthen Australia’s illegal logging laws, considering reforms to both the Illegal Logging Prohibition Act 2012 (the Act) and the Regulation. The potential reforms presented draw on recommendations from the 2018 Statutory Review of the Act. The Act’s fitness for purpose will not be considered as this was reviewed in 2018. Further information on the review can be found at haveyoursay.awe.gov.au/illegal-logging-sunsetting-review.
In August 2012, the department hosted a webinar to provide the regulated community and other interested stakeholders further information on the review process and the potential reforms.
A recording of this event is provided below.
Information Webinar for the Sunsetting Review of the Illegal Logging Prohibition Regulation 2012 (31 August 2021)
Obligations under the illegal logging laws
Throughout the second half of 2018, the department hosted a series of webinars on Australia's illegal logging laws. These events were intended to help businesses or individuals that are importing wood, pulp, or paper products into Australia to better understand their obligations under the laws.
Recordings of these events are provided below.