Responsibilities of government

We are responsible for:

  • strategies, initiatives and policies to assist the sector's growth and maintenance in Queensland
  • managing State native forestry production and the sale of State quarry material from State forests, timber reserves and other relevant lands across Queensland under the Forestry Act 1959
  • collaborative industry research and innovation to improve forestry production performance, wood quality, forest products and processing systems outcomes
  • administering compliance with HQPlantations Pty Ltd's plantation licence over plantation forests on State land .

The Department of Natural Resources and Mines administers legislation relevant to the forestry sector, including the Land Act 1994, the Land Title Act 1994 and the Vegetation Management Act 1999.

The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection administers legislation relevant to the forestry sector, including the Nature Conservation Act 1992, the Queensland Heritage Act 1992 and the Environmental Protection Act 1994.

The Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing through the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service is responsible for the custodial, regulatory and most non-commercial aspects of the management of State-owned native forests. This includes the preparation and administration of the Code of practice for native forest timber production on State lands 2007 and review and approval of operational harvesting plans.

The Department of Justice and Attorney-General periodically audits harvesting operations against the provisions of the State's Forest Harvesting Code of Practice 2007 under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

The Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs has cultural heritage responsibilities for State-owned and private native forests under the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2003 and the Torres Strait Islander Cultural Heritage Act 2003.

Queensland Government strategies and initiatives

Commonwealth government responsibilities

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has a national industry policy development role and other legislative responsibilities relating to the forestry and wood products industry.

Local government responsibilities

Local governments help deliver the Queensland Government's priorities regionally. They interact with the forestry and wood products industry in a number of ways, particularly through planning schemes and local government laws about new developments (including plantations and wood processing facilities), vegetation management, local rates and road use.

To find out more information on the development assessment and planning requirements for new timber plantations in local government areas of Queensland's refer to the local government directory at the Department of Local Government.

Last updated 10 March 2014