West Victorian Regional Forest Agreement

​​​​​The West Victorian Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) is one of five RFAs in Victoria. The Australian and Victorian governments originally signed the West Victorian RFA on 31 March 2000, establishing the framework for the sustainable management of the forests in the West Victorian RFA region.

The West Victorian 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 West Victorian 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 West Victorian 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 West Victorian RFA variation PDF 238 3.8 MB

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The updated West Victorian Land Tenure and Zoning Map (December 2019) identifies the extent of the comprehensive, adequate and representative reserve system in the West Victorian 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 2000 West Victorian RFA

The Australian and Victorian governments signed the original West Victorian RFA on 31 March 2000. The agreement was for a duration of 20 years and was due to expire on 31 March 2020.

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West Victorian RFA PDF 69 275 KB
West Victorian RFA DOC 69 743 KB

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The West Victorian Land Use Maps identified the extent of the comprehensive adequate and representative reserve system in the West Victorian RFA region at the time of signing.

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Land Use Map 1 (March 2000) PDF 1 1.4 MB
Land Use Map 2 (March 2000) PDF 1 2.2 MB

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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 West Victorian regional report is published below.

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Consultation Summary Report – West Victorian RFA PDF 38 1.4 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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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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Victorian RFAs five-yearly reviews

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

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Comprehensive Regional Assessments:

Directions or Options Report:

Ecologically Sustainable Forest Management Report:

Environment Reports:

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Biodiversity Assessment Report (February 2000) PDF 131 776 KB
Biodiversity Assessment Report (February 2000) DOC 131 2.1 MB
Appendices A-F PDF 219 1.1 MB
Map 1: Environmental Stratification PDF 1 4.2 MB
Map 2: Extant Ecological Vegetation Communities (Vol.1) PDF 1 1.5 MB
Map 2a: Extant Ecological Vegetation Classes (Vol.2) PDF 1 2.3 MB
Map 3: Ecological Vegetation Communities - Pre-1750 Extent (Vol. 1) PDF 1 2.2 MB
Map 3a: Ecological Vegetation Communities - Pre-1750 Extent (Vol. 2) PDF 1 1.8 MB
Map 4: Flora Survey Intensity PDF 1 3.9 MB
Map 5: Arboreal Mammal Survey Intensity PDF 1 3.9 MB
Map 6: Large Mammal Survey Intensity PDF 1 3.9 MB
Map 7: Small Ground Mammal Survey Intensity PDF 1 3.9 MB
Map 8: Bat Survey Intensity PDF 1 3.9 MB
Map 9: Diurnal Bird Survey Intensity PDF 1 1.5 MB
Map 10: Nocturnal Bird Survey Intensity PDF 1 3.8 MB
Map 11: Large Forest Owl Survey Intensity PDF 1 3.8 MB
Map 12: Amphibian Survey Intensity PDF 1 3.8 MB
Map 13: Reptile Survey Intensity PDF 1 3.9 MB
Map 14: Distribution of Fish and Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Survey Sites PDF 1 2.7 MB
National Estate Identification and Assessment in the West Region of Victoria (January 2000) PDF 137 352 KB
National Estate Identification and Assessment in the West Region of Victoria (January 2000) DOC 137 2.6 MB
Map 1: Registered and Interim Listed National Estate Places PDF 1 1.7 MB
Map 2: Social Value PDF 1 1.6 MB
Map 3: Aesthetic Value PDF 1 1.6 MB
Map 4: Historic Value PDF 1 1.6 MB
Map 5: Natural Landscapes PDF 1 2.1 MB
Map 6: Wilderness Quality PDF 1 2.4 MB
Map 7: Old Growth Forest PDF 1 2.2 MB
Map 8: Endemic Flora PDF 1 2.2 MB
Map 9: Limit of Range Flora PDF 1 2.1 MB
Map 10: Disjunct Flora Populations PDF 54 2.2 MB
Map 11: Relictual Ecological Vegetation Classes PDF 1 2.2 MB
Map 12: Phylogenetically Significant Flora PDF 1 2.1 MB
Map 13: Refugia from Climate Change PDF 1 2.1 MB
Map 14: Contemporary Flora Refugia PDF 1 1.2 MB
Map 15: Remnant Vegetation PDF 1 3.5 MB
Map 16: Areas of High Modelled Flora Species Richness PDF 1 2.2 MB
Map 17: Rare Flora PDF 1 2.4 MB
Map 18: Rare Old-growth Forest PDF 1 2.2 MB
Map 19: Areas Demonstrating Principle Characteristics of EVCs PDF 1 4.5 MB
Map 20: Endemic Fauna PDF 1 2.2 MB
Map 21: Limit of Range Fauna PDF 1 2.1 MB
Map 22: Disjunct Fauna Populations PDF 1 2.1 MB
Map 23: Key Fauna Habitats PDF 1 2.1 MB
Map 24: Rare Fauna PDF 1 1.1 MB
Map 25: Natural History Sites PDF 1 2.1 MB
Proceedings of Water Forum (February 2000) PDF 42 215 KB
Appendix 2. Dr Tim Fletcher Presentation PPT 29 1.4 MB
Appendix 3. Chris Tipler Presentation PPT 13 3.7 MB
Appendix 4. Loris Duclos Presentation DOC 2 47 KB
Appendix 5. Dr Jacky Croke Presentation PPT 29 1.4 MB
Appendix 6. Dr Rob Vertessy Presentation PPT 28 1.5 MB
The Range, Status and Distribution of the Spot-tailed Quoll (Dasyurus maculatus) in the Otway Ranges (February 2000) PDF 11 49 KB
The Range, Status and Distribution of the Spot-tailed Quoll (Dasyurus maculatus) in the Otway Ranges (February 2000) DOC 11 176 KB

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Factsheets:

Resource Reports:

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Mineral Assessment Report (December 1999) PDF 169 2.0 MB
Mineral Assessment Report (December 1999) DOC 169 3.4 MB
Figure 2: Land Tenure, Operating Quarries and Exploration Licences PDF 1 1.3 MB
Map 1a: Geology PDF 1 6.0 MB
Map 1b: Legend for Geology PDF 1 308 KB
Map 2: Mineral Occurrence, Deposits and Known Mineral Regions GIF 1 198 KB
Map 3: Composite Mineral Potential PDF 1 1.3 MB
Map 4: Cumulative Mineral Potential PDF 1 1.4 MB
Timber Resource Analysis Summary Papers (February 2000) - Horsham Forest Management Area PDF 3 1.3 MB
Timber Resource Analysis Summary Papers (February 2000) - Horsham Forest Management Area DOC 3 47 KB
Timber Resource Analysis Summary Papers (February 2000) - Midlands Forest Management Area PDF 6 3.0 MB
Timber Resource Analysis Summary Papers (February 2000) - Midlands Forest Management Area DOC 6 61 KB
Timber Resource Analysis Summary Papers (February 2000) - Otways Forest Management Area PDF 9 1.7 MB
Timber Resource Analysis Summary Papers (February 2000) - Otways Forest Management Area DOC 9 64 KB
Timber Resource Analysis Summary Papers (February 2000) - Portland Forest Management Area PDF 4 48 KB
Timber Resource Analysis Summary Papers (February 2000) - Portland Forest Management Area DOC 4 267 KB
A Review of the Sustainable Yield Issues in the Wombat State Forest (March 2000) PDF 25 96 KB
A Review of the Sustainable Yield Issues in the Wombat State Forest (March 2000) DOC 25 124 KB

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Social Report:

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Social Assessment Report (December 1999) PDF 172 902 KB
Heywood PDF 1 363 KB
Colac PDF 1 360 KB
Daylesford PDF 1 360 KB
Dunkeld PDF 1 360 KB
Apollo Bay PDF 1 345 KB
Ballarat PDF 1 360 KB

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Last reviewed: 9 April 2020
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