Review of the regional forest agreements

The NSW and Australian governments are required to review the regional forest agreements (RFAs) every 5 years to assess progress against milestones and commitments regarding ecologically sustainable forest management.

The reviews provide an assessment of progress of the agreements against established milestones, and include

  • the extent to which milestones and obligations have been met, including management of the National Estate
  • the results of monitoring of sustainability indicators
  • inviting public comment on the performance of the RFAs

Each 5-yearly review involves the 3 NSW RFAs for the

  • Eden region
  • north east region
  • southern region

The review of RFAs is separate from the review of NSW forest agreements and integrated forestry operations approvals.

Combined second and third 5-yearly review

In December 2016, the NSW and Australian governments signed a Scoping Agreement for the review of progress with implementation of the New South Wales Regional Forest Agreements (PDF 939KB).

The governments are jointly preparing the Report of Progress with Implementation, which will be placed on public exhibition for a minimum of 8 weeks in 2017.

An Independent Reviewer will be appointed to review the report and consider any public submissions. The Independent Reviewer’s report will include findings and recommendations, and will be tabled in the Australian Parliament.

First 5-yearly review 

The first 5-yearly review of the NSW RFAs covered the five year period from the signing of each of the RFAs.

In 2009, a Draft Report on Progress with Implementation of the New South Wales RFAs (PDF 2.5MB) was placed on public exhibition.

An independent assessor reviewed the draft report and public submissions and produced the Final Report on Progress with Implementation of NSW Regional Forest Agreements: Report of Independent Assessor (PDF 444KB), which was tabled in the Australian Parliament on 15 March 2010.

The Joint Australian and New South Wales Government Response to the Final Report on Progress with Implementation of the NSW Regional Forest Agreements: Report of the Independent Assessor (PDF 2.3MB) was tabled in the House of Representatives of the Australian Parliament on 30 October 2014.

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