This submission proposes amendments to the Government Bill introduced to Parliament in order to better regulate forestry operations, both on private land (under the Private Native Forestry Codes and the Local Land Services Act 2013) and public land (under the Forestry Act 2012 and Integrated Forestry Operations Approvals (IFOAs)).

Our recommendations highlight the need for rigorous environmental standards for Ecologically Sustainable Forest Management, a public register of Private Native Forestry approvals, longer consultation periods on draft Codes and IFOAs, and reinstating community rights to take public forestry breaches to Court.

The Committee’s final report, under a new rapid bill review system, was published on 6 June.

Note this Bill is related to but separate from the draft Coastal IFOA.