Purchasing state-owned timber

We issue sales permits under the Forestry Act 1959 (Qld) for the removal of log timber and other timber products on State forests, timber reserves and other state-owned land, such as leasehold land.

We also issue permits on other land where the native timber has been reserved to or is owned by the state, including some freehold land.

We mostly supply sawlogs, poles and girders, along with small volumes of landscaping logs. The main species include spotted gum, white cypress, narrow-leaved red ironbark, grey ironbark, forest red gum, blackbutt, Gympie messmate and sandalwood.

The majority of sawlogs are sold through long-term sale permits, with other products sold through short-term permits or one-off sales.

If you hold a sales permit you will be required to harvest and extract the timber using appropriately skilled and certified employees or contractors who meet legislation and safety requirements.

Purchasing timber

From time to time we provide opportunities to purchase native forest timber.

When available, new sales will be published on this website.

If you wish to inquire about purchasing a specific product, please contact the Customer service centre on 13 25 23.

Other forest products

We also sell other forest products including foliage, seeds, plants, fencing material, firewood, honey, wood turning timber and didgeridoo blanks.

Honey production is supported by apiary (beekeeping) sites and apiary site permits are issued under the Forestry Act.

Read more about beekeeping in Queensland.

Frequently asked questions

What timber and other products are available for sale under the Forestry Act?

Forest products include all timber, whether living or dead, standing or fallen. It can also include foliage, seeds, honey, fossils and other minor products.

State-owned timber resources are sold to timber processors as standing trees under sales permits. We also sell other forest products including foliage, seeds, plants, fencing material, firewood, honey, wood turning timber and didgeridoo blanks.

How can I buy state-owned forest products?

The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries sells forest products under the Forestry Act. You will be issued with a sales permit to purchase these resources.

From time to time we provide opportunities to purchase these resources. New sales will be published on this website.

If you wish to inquire about purchasing a specific product, please contact the Customer service centre on 13 25 23.

What is a sales permit?

A sales permit is issued under the Forestry Act to allow the removal and use of state-owned forest products.

It is a legal agreement between the state of Queensland and a permittee, and sets out the commercial terms, rights and performance requirements agreed between the parties.

What land tenures have forest products?

State forests and timber reserves include forest products that are owned by the state.

The state also owns forest products on other state lands. This includes land leased under the Land Act 1994, such as pastoral leases, grazing homestead perpetual leases, term leases and perpetual leases.

The state can also own forest products on reserves, deeds of grant in trust, permits to occupy, occupation licences, roads and unallocated state land.

On freehold land, the state can continue to own the forest products where a forest consent area and forest entitlement area has been established.

Can I sell forest products on my leasehold land?

You cannot sell or remove state-owned forest products without a sales permit, unless authorised under other legislation.

Forest products may be used by the leaseholder as long as these are not removed from the land, and are only used for the construction, maintenance or repair of essential infrastructure, and the use is consistent with the purpose of the granted lease as issued under the Land Act.

My freehold property has a forest consent agreement registered on the title—what does this mean?

A forest consent area is a defined area where ownership of selected native timber resources has been retained by the state under the Forestry Act. The removal or use of this timber requires a sales permit.

A forest consent agreement is registered on title as a profit à prendre and defines the extent of the forest consent area.

If I have native forest on my land, can I participate in the carbon market?

If you have state-owned native forest on your land, you will need to confirm with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries whether you are able to participate in carbon projects.

This includes leasehold land and freehold land where the state retains ownership of the timber. This is because the state’s ability to access its native timber resources may be impacted.

Read more about carbon rights on state land or call 13QGOV (13 74 68).

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