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Forestry industry profile

Queensland's forest and timber industry makes an important contribution to the economy and to many rural and regional communities.

The industry:

  • has an estimated annual turnover of around $3.8 billion (2015–16 figures)
  • directly employs more than 8800 people (2017 figures)
  • has diverse activity and investment across the value chain - from forest growing through the manufacture and sale of new and innovative timber products
  • is a highly valued employer in many regional areas.

Read Queensland forest and timber industry: Economic snapshot for the most up-to-date data on the industry.

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Timber varieties

The Queensland forest estate is characterised by large, highly productive softwood plantations and extensive areas of relatively slow-growing native forest comprising both hardwoods and cypress pine.

Processing sector and product innovation

The state's forests support a largely regionally based processing sector, with most of our timber being used to produce building products. The Queensland industry continues to evolve and innovate to maintain and grow market share. Engineered wood products and associated timber building systems offer important future growth opportunities.

More information

Read Queensland Forest and Timber Industry: an overview for an outline of the industry.

The following industry organisations can provide more information: