Setting the standard for the forest industry in Australia
The industry led development of a national set of standards and criteria for forest businesses will streamline auditing processes through alignment with existing schemes (eg Responsible Wood), regulatory requirements, Australian Standards and industry codes of practice.
ForestFit is scalable for all sized forest businesses and pilot participants include sole providers through to business of more than 100 employees. Pilot participants work across the majority of states and land tenures including plantation, private native forest and state native forest.
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Businesses have the opportunity to self select which of their current, or future operations, they undertake will be certified. The operational scopes include:
Minor forest products (eg firewood)
The feedback and input received throughout the pilot will influence the final certification framework, processes and criteria for national roll out.
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Funded by Department of Primary Industries, NSW, 15 forest contracting businesses participated in the national pilot that of all the ForestFit Certification standards:
Standard 1: General Requirements (mandatory)
Standard 2: Business sustainability
Standard 3: Work health and safety
Standard 4: Environmental practices.
QLD State native forest pilot
Funded by the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) five forest businesses operating in state native forest participated in the QLD pilot of the WHS Standard.
The five businesses are permittees and contractors who range from small to large business sizes and undertake harvest, haulage, roading, sawmilling and other forest operations.
Leveraging the work being conducted at a national level through ForestFit project, the feedback and input received by those participating influenced the WHS process to be implemented in State authorised forest harvesting operations and the final ForestFit Certification framework, processes and criteria for national roll out of the WHS Standard.