The Queensland Government is committed to growing an efficient, innovative, resilient and profitable agriculture, fisheries and forestry sector.
The Queensland forest and timber industry plays a vital role in Queensland's economic, social and environmental wellbeing. The industry employs around 19,000 people and the forest and timber value chain contributes about $3.8 billion to Queensland, especially in rural and regional communities. It also supports both the agriculture and construction pillars of the Queensland economy.
While the Queensland forest and timber industry is facing a number of challenges, it also has considerable potential to prosper and grow. A situation analysis (PDF, 832.5KB) is available which summarises the current industry situation and identifies challenges and opportunities currently facing the industry.
The Queensland Government, along with industry, recognises a need to collaborate to develop practical strategies to enable the sector to reach its full potential.
Accordingly, the Queensland Government has worked with the industry to develop the Queensland Forest and Timber Industry Plan (the plan).
The plan sits beside Queensland’s agriculture strategy – A 2040 vision to double agricultural production and it sets out a vision for sustained business growth and innovation in the Queensland-based forest and timber industry.
The Queensland Government response to the Forest and Timber Industry Plan (PDF, 944.7KB), supports all 27 immediate actions in the plan and will work collaboratively with industry to implement these actions over the next three years.
The Queensland Government also supports all of the longer-term actions of the plan in principle, subject to further formal consideration once the immediate plan actions are completed.
The implementation of plan will assist sustainable business growth and innovation in the Queensland-based forest and timber industry. It will deliver a series of practical actions that address key industry challenges and assist in realising potential growth opportunities.