Victorian North East Regional Forest Agreement

​​​​​The North East Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) is one of five RFAs in Victoria. The Australian and Victorian governments originally signed the North East RFA on 9 August 1999, establishing the framework for the sustainable management of the forests in the North East RFA region.

The North East 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 North East 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 North East 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 North East RFA variation PDF 203 2.3 MB

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The updated North East Land Tenure and Zoning Map (December 2019) identifies the extent of the comprehensive, adequate and representative reserve system in the North East 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 1999 North East RFA

The Australian and Victorian governments signed the original North East RFA on 9 August 1999. The agreement was for a duration of 20 years and an interim extension was signed to align expiry of the North East RFA with that of other Victorian RFAs on 31 March 2020.

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North East RFA PDF 54 135 KB
North East RFA DOC 54 267 KB

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The North East Land Use Map (August 1999) PDF [3.5 MB, 1 page] identified the extent of the comprehensive adequate and representative reserve system in the North East 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 North East regional report is published below.

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Consultation Summary Report – North East RFA PDF 37 909 KB

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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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How modernised Victorian RFAs address consultation feedback DOCX  10 56 KB

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

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Amendment to the North East RFA (March 2018) PDF 4 267 KB
Amendment to the North East RFA (March 2018) DOCX 4 36 KB

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Victorian RFAs five-yearly reviews

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

The Victorian Government has reported on its five RFA collectively:

Historical Publications

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

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Comprehensive Regional Assessment:

Directions or Options Report:

Ecologically Sustainable Forest Management Report:

Environment Reports:

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Biodiversity Assessment Report (1998) PDF 128 507 KB
Appendices A-H PDF 135 2.0 MB
National Estate Identification and Assessment in the North East Region of Victoria (May 1999) PDF 127 361 KB
National Estate Identification and Assessment in the North East Region of Victoria (May 1999) DOC 127 1.0 MB
Map 1: Registered and Interim Listed National Estate Places PDF 1 170 KB
Map 2: Social Value PDF 1 153 KB
Map 3: Aesthetic Value PDF 1 183 KB
Map 4: Historic Value PDF 1 162 KB
Map 5: Natural Landscapes PDF 1 143 KB
Map 6: Undisturbed Catchments PDF 1 136 KB
Map 7: Wilderness Quality PDF 1 261 KB
Map 8: Old Growth Forest PDF 1 188 KB
Map 9: Endemic Flora PDF 1 139 KB
Map 10: Limit of Range Flora PDF 1 142 KB
Map 11: Disjunct Flora Populations PDF 1 139 KB
Map 12: Relictual Ecological Vegetation Classes PDF 1 144 KB
Map 13: Refugia from Climate Change PDF 1 179 KB
Map 14: Areas Demonstrating Successional Stages PDF 1 152 KB
Map 15: Remnant Vegetation PDF 1 500 KB
Map 16: Areas of Modelled Species Richness PDF 1 141 KB
Map 17: Rare Flora PDF 1 145 KB
Map 18: Rare Ecological Vegetation Classes PDF 1 149 KB
Map 19: Rare Old Growth Forest PDF 1 135 KB
Map 20: Areas Demonstrating Principal Characteristics of EVC's PDF 1 192 KB
Map 21: Endemic Fauna PDF 1 135 KB
Map 22: Limit of Range Fauna PDF 1 137 KB
Map 23: Disjunct Fauna Populations PDF 1 137 KB
Map 24: Key Fauna Habitats PDF 1 137 KB
Map 25: Fauna Refugia PDF 1 150 KB
Map 26: Rare Fauna PDF 1 153 KB
Map 27: Geology and Geomorphology PDF 1 151 KB
Map 28: Natural History Sites PDF 1 140 KB

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Factsheets:

Resource Reports:

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Mineral Assessment Report (1998) PDF 169 1.8 MB
Tables 1a, 1b and 1c DOC 8 160 KB
Figure 1: Land tenure and exploration licences GIF 1 322 KB
Figure 3: Mineral potential tract for slate belt gold deposits GIF 1 207 KB
Figure 4: Mineral potential tract for disseminated gold deposits GIF 1 343 KB
Figure 5: Mineral potential tract for alluvial gold deposits GIF 1 302 KB
Figure 6: Mineral potential tract for epithermal gold-silver deposits GIF 1 262 KB
Figure 7: Mineral potential tract for porphyry copper-gold deposits GIF 1 241 KB
Figure 8: Mineral potential tract for volcanic associated massive sulphide deposits GIF 1 241 KB
Figure 9: Mineral potential tract for tin vein deposits GIF 1 231 KB
Figure 10: Mineral potential tract for tin greisen deposits GIF 1 253 KB
Figure 11: Mineral potential tract for tungsten-molybdenum deposits GIF 1 235 KB
Figure 12: Mineral potential tract for tungsten skarn deposits GIF 1 230 KB
Figure 14: Mineral potential tract for sediment hosted copper and sandstone uranium deposits GIF 1 247 KB
Figure 15: Mineral potential tract for dimension stone deposits GIF 1 300 KB
Figure 16: Mineral potential tract for feldspar deposits GIF 1 300 KB
Figure 17: Mineral potential tract for limestone deposits GIF 1 249 KB
Figure 18: Mineral potential tract for kaolin deposits GIF 1 341 KB
Map 10.1: Geology GIF 1 497 KB
Map 10.2: Mineral occurrences, deposits, gold fields and structure GIF 1 218 KB
Map 10.3: Composite mineral potential GIF 1 220 KB
Map 10.4: Cumulative mineral potential GIF 1 488 KB

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Social Report:

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Social Assessment Report (1998) PDF 124 5.0 MB

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Annual Reports:

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Last reviewed: 9 April 2020
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