Forestry

Budget 2021-22

The 2021-22 Budget has been released, with measures related to the information on this page.

Find out more at www.awe.gov.au/budget.

Australia has 134 million hectares of forest, covering 17% of Australia's land area. Australia has approximately 3% of the world's forests, and globally is the country with the seventh largest forest area.

Australia’s forests are diverse, extensive, and highly regarded for their ecological, economic and social values. They provide a range of benefits including wood and non-wood forest products and ecosystem services. The range of services covers water protection and supply, soil protection, carbon storage and sequestration, habitat for flora and fauna species, tourism and recreation, and cultural values for both non-Indigenous and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Australia has a well-established institutional framework to support the conservation and sustainable management of forests.

The Australian Government aims to foster and enable productive, profitable, internationally competitive and sustainable Australian forest and forest products industries.

National University Wood Challenge

The Australian Government has provided funding to Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) to deliver a National University Wood Challenge.

The challenge will support teams of university students and academics to create and develop innovative ideas for using wood to produce new, sustainable, everyday products. Funding will be provided to build, test or prototype ideas.

For more information, including how to apply, go to FWPA-National University Wood Challenge.

Australian Forestry - Planning for Tomorrow, Today.

The Australian Government has developed a suite of communication products to promote the role of forestry, raise awareness of the Australian forestry industry and forests as a sustainably managed resource. These products reflect the breadth and value of the forest industry. Find out more about Australian Forestry - Planning for Tomorrow, Today.

National Forest Industries Plan - Growing a Better Australia – A Billion Trees for Jobs and Growth.

The Australian Government’s National Forest Industries Plan, Growing a Better Australia – A Billion Trees for Jobs and Growth, was launched on 12 September 2018. 

The plan provides a vision supporting the forest industries' aspirational goal of planting a billion new plantation trees over the period to 2030.

The Australian Government provided $20 million over four years in the 2018–2019 Federal Budget to support implementation of the plan.

Progress with implementation is reported at National Forest Industries Plan – Progress Report.

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