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AFCA cautions Labor on $80m

NSW Labor has announced a Great Koala National Park for the areas between Grafton and Kempsey if elected in March. The plan intends to review a proposal to preserve and hand over management of well managed state forests to National Parks. The Australian Forest Contractors Association is cautioning NSW Labor around any decisions that removes the effective management of this forest areas by highly skilled operators if elected into government.

Members interested in PBS 2.0 - online AFCA discussion

As you may be aware, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator is reviewing the Performance Based Standards (PBS) scheme. In order to do this, they are consulting widely with industry on improvements to the scheme.
Our GM Carlie Porteous attended the recent webinar with the NHVR and was generally pleased with the questions and direction of the proposed PBS scheme 2.0, with some hesitations around cost and capacity if the process is delegated.
Carlie suggested holding a membership feedback session in order to collate an industry submission to the NHVR. The submission will also request the NHVR conduct an additional consultation with AFCA on the construction of PBS 2.0. A Teams session is scheduled for next Friday 3 February at 11am (AEDT) for those who are interested. Please let Carlie know if you wish to attend and an invitation will be extended to you via your calendar. 
The meeting will address the specific questions in the discussion paper and stakeholder consultation process. If joining the Team meeting Friday, please read through the following items first as it will assist in getting the best outcome:
Should you have any questions please reach out to Carlie Porteous on +61 438 873 307 or

Heyfield Timber Festival - Are you coming?

Are you heading to the Heyfield Timber Festival?

AFCA will be sponsoring for this years event so be sure to pop in and say hello while you're there.

Workplace, Skills and Training Workshop

The Workplace, Skills and Training Workshop to be held on Wednesday 8 February 2023 (11am to 4pm) at the Slim Dusty Centre at Kempsey. 

The North East NSW Forestry Hub will host the event with facilitation provided by Helen Murray. 

This workshop will be based upon the findings of the Smart Development of Future Workforce Report for North East NSW prepared by ForestWorks (Tim Cleary) which is available by CLICKING HERE.

The purpose of the workshop is to facilitate the development of an industry plan that can help address the following: 
• skills shortfalls
• recruitment challenges 
• lack of training opportunities 
• opportunities for new entrants 
Our GM Carlie Porteous will be attending in person however we would be keen to receive feedback from AFCA members and industry members also ahead of the workshop and if anyone would like to participate. 

AFCA Membership

BECOME A MEMBER - Gain the strength in numbers advantage by becoming a member.  We continually foster partnerships with our members, industry sectors and all levels of government which provides a value add advantage for our members and sponsors. 

As an AFCA member or sponsor you have the opportunity to collaborate and provide your input into industry and government initiatives that impact your business. 
AFCA engages with government, industry stakeholders and the community to represent the interests of our members. We play an important role in ensuring members, the forest industry, supply chain and governments are aware of developments and best practices for a viable forest industry and future.


ForestFit - Setting the standard

It's happening! 

The first ForestFit certified businesses in Australia are now undertaking their first annual surveillance. ⁠Surveillance assessments verify their continued conformance to ForestFit.⁠ ⁠ 

Access ForestFit standards and info about the process.

AFCA Mentor program


Are you ready to help others grow and be successful, or are you wanting to grow and be successful?

This program is open to business leaders and emerging leaders in harvest, haulage, civil and silviculture sectors.

The program will: 

  • Identify and pair mentors and mentees 
  • Provide information and tool for successful mentoring 
  • Provide structured sessions and check-ins 
  • Provide networking opportunities 

The program will support dialogue across the industry, improve business performance and sustainability, problem solve by helping others, impart knowledge and encourage innovation and leadership. 

Make the most of mentoring: 

  • Understand the interplay between external forces, industry trends, financial targets of the business and its internal capabilities in order to set, recommend and/or execute strategy.
  • Recognise and adjust to new threats to or opportunities within the existing strategy and industry environment. 
  • Attract and retain a highly efficient workforce. Communicate the strategic plan effectively to get team buy in. 
  • Explore the benefits of embedding succession planning into your business strategy.


Just click on the link below to register your expression of interest in joining this program as either a MENTOR or MENTEE.


This program is supported by:

Appointment of HQPlantations Chief Executive Officer

Following an extensive domestic and international executive search, HQPlantations Board of Directors are pleased to announce the appointment of Jason Wilson as new Chief Executive Officer following previous CEO Jeremy Callachor’s resignation late last year and departure in December for family reasons.

AFCA welcomes Jason Wilson as new Chief Executive Officer. 

We also thank Jeremy Callachor HQP's previous CEO for his valuable time and engagement with AFCA and its members.⁠ ⁠ AFCA looks forward to continued engagement with HQP in the interest of our members and the forest industry.⁠



Developing career pathways and strengthening the timber and forest industries community profile are key tasks for the Green Triangle Forest Industries Hub’s (GTFIH) new Workforce Development Manager Josh Praolini. The highly-respected education leader, who will join the Hub team in 2023 in this newly created role, has worked in various senior teaching roles, leading innovation and entrepreneurial education.

GTFIH chair Cam MacDonald said Josh’s knowledge and experience would be of huge benefit to the role, which will cover the entirety of the Green Triangle “Josh will be a wonderful asset to the GTFIH team, strengthening relationships with our educational partners to engage our future workforce,” he said. “This new role will see him connect community and industry to the school system supporting the Hub in achieving its workforce development strategy.”


Queensland Class 3 Timber Transportation Mass Exemption Notice 2023 (No.1)

NHVR have recently published a notice for timber vehicles in Queensland exempting them from certain mass limits. This was essentially a TMR initiative which replaced an earlier permit, and changed some of the conditions.

The notice issued under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) grants mass exemptions for heavy vehicles transporting timber from the place where it is felled to sawmills and other processing facilities. Access under this exemption is limited by conditional mass limits, conditions relating to on board mass measurement, and only applies to state-controlled roads.


BA-triples approved for use in SA

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) and the South Australian Department of Infrastructure and Transport (DIT) have approved a new configuration – the BA-triple – for use on the road train network on state-controlled roads in South Australia. 


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