Forestry Industry profile

Read Queensland Forest and Timber Industry: an overview for a snapshot of the industry, its contribution to the economy and its diverse outputs.

Queensland's forest and timber industry plays a vital role in the state's economic, social and environmental wellbeing, especially in rural and regional communities.

The industry makes an important contribution to the state's economy, with:

  • an estimated annual turnover of around $3.2 billion (2013-14 figures)  
  • direct employment of more than 10,000 people (e.g. processing jobs)  
  • diverse activity and investment across the value chain—from forest growing through the manufacture and sale of new and innovative timber products
  • and  
  • as a highly valued employer in many regional areas.  

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 a snapshot of the industry, its contribution to the economy and its diverse outputs. 

The following industry organisations can provide more information about the industry:

Last updated 08 June 2016