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Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement (RFA)

The Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement (RFA), (PDF) is an inter-governmental agreement between the Tasmanian and Australian Governments, signed in November 1997. The Agreement provides for the long term sustainable management of Tasmania's forests, both public and privately owned, and applies for 20 years, with five-yearly reviews.

Tasmania was the first state in Australia to be fully covered by an RFA. Documents relating to the preparation and release of the RFA, including the Agreement, Land Use maps, media release and Fact Sheets, Reports and Assessments can be found on the Australian Government's RFA website.

Since signing the RFA, Tasmanian Government agencies have been implementing the RFA. Whole-of-Government co-ordination is facilitated by the Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources. Other Tasmanian Government agencies involved are the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts, the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Forestry Tasmania, Private Forests Tasmania, and the Forest Practices Authority.

Amendments to the Regional Forest Agreement

On 19 July 2001, both Parties agreed to minor variations to the RFA, (WORD) to ensure that compensation and termination provisions were consistent with RFAs in other States, and to address minor issues such as a change in mailing address of the Commonwealth and the clarification of an ambiguity of public reserves as informal reserves.

On 23 February 2007, both Governments agreed to amendments to the RFA, (PDF) to clarify the policy intent of the Parties to the Agreement, following a case in the Federal Court(Brown vs. Forestry Tasmania (No 4) (2006) FCA 1729 (19 December 2006)).

Tasmanian Community Forest Agreement (A Way Forward For Tasmania's Forests)

On 13 May 2005, both Governments signed a Supplementary Regional Forest Agreement, known as the Tasmanian Community Forest Agreement 2005 (the TCFA).

RFA Ten Year Review

The second five-yearly review of the Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement 1997 covering the period 2002 - 2007 was completed in February 2008. Both Governments have agreed to implement all of the recommendations from the review.

The Parties to the Tasmanian RFA have released their detailed responses to the recommendations arising from the second Five Yearly Review. They are available at Joint Government Response to the Second Five Yearly Review of the Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement, (PDF, 73.9)

The Joint Government Response to the Second Five Yearly Review of the Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement can also be viewed on the website of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries by clicking on the following link.

The Report to the Australian and Tasmanian Governments on the Second Five Yearly Review of Progress with Implementation of the Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement (the RFA Review Report, (PDF) is downloadable in either its full form or in part only - the Executive Summary and Recommendations, (PDF)

The purpose of the Review was to review performance against the specified milestones and commitments of the Regional Forest Agreement 1997 and the Tasmanian Community Forest Agreement 2005. The RFA 10 Year Review (2007) Scoping Agreement set out the agreed arrangements for the Review.

The review was undertaken by an independent person jointly appointed by Ministers from both Governments, Mr John Ramsay.

The Governments prepared two reports for the purposes of the RFA 10 Year Review. The Sustainability Indicators Report 2007, (PDF) and a report on the Implementation of the Regional Forest Agreement 2007 (the Reports, (PDF). Public comment on these reports was considered by the Reviewer in preparing his report to the Governments.

Previous Reviews of the Regional Forest Agreement

The RFA provides for five-yearly reviews of progress in implementing the RFA. Documents from the first Review in 2002 are also available on this website.

TCFA Intensive Forest Management Program Audit

In response to a recommendation from the Ten Year Review the Tasmanian Government commissioned independent financial and performance audits of the $115 million intensive forest management program funded by both Governments under the Tasmanian Community Forest Agreement from 2005 to 2010.

Audit Reports

Forestry Tasmania's response to the recommendations


Annual Reports

The Annual Reports, on the implementation of the Tasmanian Community Forest Agreement, jointly prepared by the Australian and Tasmanian Governments, can be found here. Annual reports on the implementation of the RFA were prepared for the first four years (1997-2000). These reports can be found here.

RFA Policy Framework

The following links are to documents prepared in 2002 to describe the statewide policy framework across all tenures for;

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