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Forest management policy statement

Forest Products is a business unit of the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. The unit is responsible for activities related to the supply of native forest timber and other forest products from State forests, timber reserves, other State lands, and forest consent areas under the provisions of the Forestry Act 1959.

Forest Products is committed to:

  • working in partnership with industry and other stakeholders to improve future opportunities for the Queensland timber industry, consistent with Queensland Government priorities
  • operating its forest management activities on a commercial basis consistent with Queensland Government priorities, environmental responsibilities and community expectations
  • maintaining a systematic approach to native forest management which is independently certified to the Australian Standard for Sustainable Forest Management AS 4708:2013, and encouraging chain of custody certification by the timber and forest products industry
  • complying with all relevant legislation, standards, codes of practice, policies and operational strategies, and contributing to their ongoing development informed by research and expertise
  • demonstrating and promoting an ethical culture, with all staff taking personal responsibility to uphold the Code of Conduct for the Queensland Public Service, and reporting any conduct that is inconsistent with the Code
  • developing and meeting forest management objectives and targets within a business and operational planning framework that identifies and evaluates risks, and establishes controls covering the full range of significant environmental, economic, cultural and social aspects
  • proactively communicating with and considering the views of clients and interested and affected stakeholders to deliver a responsive, professional and quality service
  • providing adequately skilled and competent staff and other resources to ensure that: objectives and targets are achieved; environmental harm is prevented; waste and pollution are minimised; a healthy and safe work environment is provided; and zero tolerance towards fraud and corruption is maintained
  • promoting continual improvement through regular monitoring, auditing and review of the forest management system, and public reporting of performance to enhance recognition as a responsible and accountable native forest management agency.

Approved by 

Barry Underhill
Director, Forestry

14 November 2017

Last updated 16 November 2017