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Private native forestry training program

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On 25 August 2017, new legislative arrangements commenced for private native forestry. It should be noted that some references on the EPAs website and any publications may now be outdated. These documents will be progressively updated by the EPA to ensure current legislative arrangements are reflected. More detail about the changes are available.

To support the implementation of the Private Native Forestry (PNF) Code of Practice, $10.1 million was provided to assist industry in adjusting to the new requirements. Of this, $4.38 million was allocated to developing and delivering training to forest owners and managers, forestry workers and logging operators.

The training program consisted of three main components:

  • The PNF Training Program delivered by TAFE NSW covering soil and water protection, silviculture, biodiversity protection, cultural heritage management and occupational health and safety
  • PNF awareness field days coordinated by the Department of Primary Industries to increase awareness of the PNF Code of Practice and promote native forestry as part of a farm business
  • In-depth training courses run by Australian Master Tree Growers to provide participants with greater knowledge in the areas of silviculture, forest ecology, saw milling and harvesting.

To date, over 1,500 people have participated in training courses held as part of the PNF Training Program.

Training evaluation

An evaluation was conducted by Inca Consulting to examine the effectiveness of the PNF Training Program and assess whether it met the objectives of improving the overall operating standards of the industry.

The evaluation found that the training program successfully met a key set of objectives developed by the PNF Training Program Steering Committee. The evaluation revealed that the training program:

  • contributed to an improvement in compliance with the PNF Code
  • increased the knowledge and skills within the PNF industry and helped develop an appreciation of sustainable forest management and its environmental and commercial benefits
  • provided the foundations for a future accreditation scheme, with information now being successfully disseminated amongst PNF industry members and leading to a greater capacity amongst landholders to communicate their objectives to landholders.

Inca Consulting’s final report Private Native Forestry Training Program - Evaluation Framework and Findings (PDF 479 KB) is now available to the public.


Page last updated: 04 September 2017