NSW forest agreements

As part of the NSW Government’s commitment to regulatory modernisation, the Forestry Legislation Amendment Act 2018 repealed provisions in the Forestry Act 2012 that made NSW Forest Agreements prerequisites for Integrated Forestry Operations Approvals (IFOAs).

NSW Forest Agreements largely duplicated the Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) between the NSW Government and the Commonwealth. The amended Forestry Act removed the requirement to maintain duplicative policies and reporting and review processes and all NSW Forest Agreements have now lapsed.

Letting the NSW Forest Agreements lapse will not affect environmental protections or timber supply, nor will it impact on the design, management or implementation of the IFOAs.

The four NSW Forest Agreements are:

Implementation reports

Annual forestry snapshot reports provide an overview of the management of the NSW public forest estate, progress towards ecologically sustainable forest management, and achievement of milestones and undertakings made for NSW native forest regions. The reports also summarise our compliance and enforcement program for native forestry operations, and any regulatory action taken.

The most recent report is NSW Forestry Snapshot Report 2020-2021 (PDF 6MB).