Victorian East Gippsland Regional Forest Agreement

The East Gippsland Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) is one of five RFAs in Victoria. The Australian and Victorian governments originally signed the East Gippsland RFA on 3 February 1997, establishing the framework for the sustainable management of the forests in the East Gippsland RFA region.

The East Gippsland 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 East Gippsland 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 East Gippsland 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 East Gippsland RFA variation PDF 141 1.5 MB

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The updated East Gippsland Land Tenure and Zoning Map (December 2019), identifies the extent of the comprehensive adequate and representative reserve system in the East Gippsland 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 1997 East Gippsland RFA

The Australian and Victorian governments signed the original East Gippsland RFA on 3 February 1997. The agreement was for a duration of 20 years and an interim extension was signed to align expiry of the East Gippsland RFA with that of other Victorian RFAs on 31 March 2020.
 

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The East Gippsland Land Tenure and Zoning Map (January 1997) PDF [72 KB, 1 page] identified the extent of the comprehensive adequate and representative reserve system in the East Gippsland 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 East Gippsland regional report is published below.

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Consultation Summary Report – East Gippsland RFA PDF 31 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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MoU for the extension of the Victorian RFAs PDF 8 1.17 MB
MoU for the extension of the Victorian RFAs DOCX 8 72 KB

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

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Short term extension of the East Gippsland RFA

The Australian and Victorian governments executed an amendment to the East Gippsland RFA on 20 January 2017, extending its expiry from 3 February 2017 to 27 March 2018.

This extension of the agreement  lined up its expiry with the Central Highlands RFA. It allowed the governments to consider the outcomes from the third five-yearly review of Victoria’s RFAs. Furthermore, it allowed the Victorian Government to consider the advice from the Forest Industry Taskforce on the future management of forests in eastern Victoria.

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Amendment to the East Gippsland RFA (February 2017) PDF 3 496 KB
Amendment to the East Gippsland RFA (February 2017) DOC 3 28 KB

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Victorian RFAs five-yearly reviews

It is a requirement of the Victorian East Gippsland RFA that its performance is reviewed every five years. The details of the Victorian East Gippsland 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 East Gippsland RFA and continue to underpin the management of forests covered by the agreement.

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Comprehensive Regional Assessment:

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Overview of Assessments – East Gippsland (July 1996) PDF 38 361 KB
Overview of Assessments – East Gippsland (July 1996) DOC 38 353 KB

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Directions or Options Report:

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Towards the Regional Forest Agreement – A paper to assist public consultation (October 1996) PDF 48 120 KB

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Ecologically Sustainable Forest Management Report:

Environment Reports:

Factsheet:

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Information Kit: East Gippsland RFA (3 February 1997) PDF 2 379 KB
Information Kit: East Gippsland RFA (3 February 1997) DOC 2 38 KB

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Resource Report:

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East Gippsland Victoria: Resource and Economics Report (no date) PDF 221 1.9 MB
East Gippsland Victoria: Resource and Economics Report (no date) DOC 221 2.3 MB

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Social and Economic Report:

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Social Assessment Report (no date) PDF 105 744 KB
Social Assessment Report (no date) DOC 105 1.0 MB

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Annual Reports

Last reviewed: 9 April 2020
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