Forest and timber industry profile

Industry overview

The forest and timber industry in Queensland is diverse and covers activities that include forest growing, harvest and haulage, processing and manufacturing, value-adding, timber merchants, importers and pulp and paper.

Queensland’s forest resources are characterised by large, highly productive softwood plantations and extensive areas of relatively slow-growing native forest comprising both hardwoods and cypress pine.

These forests support a regionally based processing sector, with most timber being used to produce building products.

The Queensland industry continues to evolve and innovate. Engineered wood products and associated timber building systems offer important future growth opportunities.

Read Queensland Forest and Timber Industry: an overview for more information about the industry.

Economic contribution

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

The industry:

  • had an estimated annual turnover of around $3.8 billion in 2015–16
  • directly employed more than 8800 people in 2017
  • 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 rural and regional areas.

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

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More information

Industry associations can provide further information or help you connect with other businesses in the forestry industry.

They often arrange events, seminars and networking opportunities where you may be able to find suppliers, make contacts, generate new business and improve your practices.

Contact the relevant forestry industry associations to find out how they can help you.