Victorian Central Highlands Regional Forest Agreement

The Central Highlands Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) is one of five RFAs in Victoria. The Australian and Victorian governments originally signed the Central Highlands RFA on 27 March 1998, establishing the framework for the sustainable management of the forests in the Central Highlands RFA region.

The Central Highlands RFA was varied on 30 March 2020 with an extension until 30 June 2030 (see Media Release), as it has proven to be a strong and effective framework for the sustainable management of the Central Highlands RFA region’s forests. The extension was formalised following assessment, public consultation and independent review.

The extensions to the Victorian RFAs deliver the right balance of economic, social and environmental outcomes, paving the way for the continued sustainable management of the state’s public and private native forests and plantation estates.

The Central Highlands RFA variation includes two Annexures: Annexure 1 is the RFA marked up with the changes that have been made; Annexure 2 is a ‘clean’ version of the RFA as varied without the mark up.

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2020 Central Highlands RFA variation PDF 177 2.1 MB

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The updated Central Highlands Land Tenure and Zoning Map (December 2019) identifies the extent of the comprehensive, adequate and representative reserve system in the Central Highlands RFA region.

A report has been prepared to summarise the key changes that have been made to the Victorian RFAs as part of the modernisation and extension process.

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The 1998 Central Highlands RFA

The Australian and Victorian governments signed the original Central Highlands RFA on 27 March 1998. The agreement was for a duration of 20 years and an interim extension was signed to align expiry of the Central Highlands RFA with that of other Victorian RFAs on 31 March 2020.

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The Central Highlands Land Tenure and Zoning Map (March 1998) PDF [5.8 MB, 1 page] identified the extent of the comprehensive adequate and representative reserve system in the Central Highlands RFA region at the time of signing.

Assessment of RFA matters

To inform the extension of the Victorian RFAs, the Australian and Victorian governments undertook a further assessment of forest-related environmental, social and economic values in the Victorian RFA regions.

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Assessment of matters pertaining to the extension of the Victorian RFAs PDF 415 10.13 MB

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Joint Victorian and Australian Government Consultation

The Australian and Victorian Governments jointly undertook extensive public consultation from 3 May to 7 July 2019 to inform the negotiation of extensions to Victoria’s 5 RFAs, including holding over 45 face to face events between 3 June and 7 July.

In total, 135 written submissions and 733 online survey responses were received, and over 330 participants took part in the face to face engagement sessions.

An independent report on the consultation outcomes across all 5 of Victoria’s RFA regions was released in December 2019.

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Independent Report on Joint Consultation on Modernisation of the Victorian Regional Forest Agreements PDF 95 1.9 MB

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A more detailed summary report of input and discussion at the engagement events was also independently prepared for each RFA region. The Central Highlands regional report is published below.

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Consultation Summary Report – Central Highlands RFA PDF 56 1.1 MB

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A report has been prepared to summarise how changes to modernise the Victorian RFAs have addressed the feedback received throughout the consultation process.

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Memorandum of Understanding for extension of the Victorian RFAs

On 5 May 2018, the Victorian and Australian governments signed a Memorandum of Understanding to ensure that long term extensions and updates to the Victorian RFA framework could be agreed by 31 March 2020.

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Extension of the East Gippsland, Central Highlands and North East RFAs

On 26 March 2018, the Australian and Victorian governments extended the timeframe of three Victorian RFAs - the East Gippsland, Central Highlands and North East - to 31 March 2020.

This lined up the expiry dates for all five Victorian RFAs and allowed the governments to adequately consider the independent reviewer’s report on the third five yearly review of the Victorian RFAs, undertake public consultation, prepare further detailed assessments of RFA matters and negotiate modernised, extended agreements for all five RFAs.

The Amendment documents for the Central Highlands RFA can be accessed below. The amendments for the East Gippsland and North East RFAs can be accessed from their respective pages at the following:

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Victorian RFAs five-yearly reviews

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

The Victorian Government has reported on its five RFAs collectively:

Historical Publications

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

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Comprehensive Regional Assessment:

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Victorian Central Highlands Comprehensive Regional Assessment Report (June 1997) PDF 281 2.9 MB

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Directions or Options Report:

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Central Highlands: Regional Forest Agreement Directions Report (September 1997) PDF 81 199 KB

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Ecologically Sustainable Forest Management Report:

Environment Reports:

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Resource Report:

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Central Highlands: Minerals Assessment Report (July 1997) PDF 108 502 KB

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Annual Reports:

Last reviewed: 9 April 2020
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