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Responsibilities of government

Queensland government

We are responsible for:

  • developing and implementing strategies, initiatives and policies to assist the sector's growth and maintenance in Queensland in conjunction with industry
  • managing the commercial sale of State-owned native forest resources and quarry materials from State forests, timber reserves and other relevant lands across Queensland under the Forestry Act 1959
  • collaborative industry research and innovation to improve forestry production performance, wood quality, forest products and processing systems outcomes
  • administering and ensuring compliance with the plantation licence held by HQPlantations Pty Ltd's over plantation forests on State land .

The Department of Natural Resources and Mines administers legislation relevant to the forestry sector, including the Land Act 1994, the Land Title Act 1994 and the Vegetation Management Act 1999.

The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection administers legislation relevant to the forestry sector, including the Nature Conservation Act 1992, the Queensland Heritage Act 1992 and the Environmental Protection Act 1994.

The Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing through Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service is responsible for the custodial, regulatory and most non-commercial aspects of the management of State-owned native forests. This includes the administration of the Code of practice for native forest timber production on the QPWS forest estate 2014 and, in accordance with this Code, auditing of native forest harvesting administered by DAF.

The Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships has cultural heritage responsibilities for State-owned and private native forests under the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2003 and the Torres Strait Islander Cultural Heritage Act 2003.

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is responsible for improving workplace health and safety in Queensland under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

Commonwealth government 

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has a national industry policy development role and some specific legislative responsibilities relating to the forestry and wood products industry.

Local government

Local governments help deliver the Queensland Government's priorities regionally. They interact with the forestry and wood products industry in a number of ways, particularly through their planning schemes and local government laws about new developments (including plantations and wood processing facilities), vegetation management, local rates and road use.

Refer to the local government directory at the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning for more information about the development assessment and planning requirements for new timber plantations in Queensland's local government areas.