On 1 December 2014, the Australian Government announced an independent review into the impact of the Illegal Logging Prohibition Regulation 2012 on small business (<$10 million annual turnover).

The AFA has since taken an active role in understanding the matter, and representing our Members at meetings regarding this important review.

Last week a briefing meeting was held by the Government-appointed KPMG, who are conducting the review, during which the AFA received information related to the timeline and process of the review. With the report due back to Government by end of March, there is a short timeframe for AFA members and other industry participants to contribute to this significant review.

KPMG will be consulting with the AFA and other key stakeholders on the matter, and is seeking to interview 50 importers and 10 domestic processors that are affected by the new regulation.
To view a copy of the review’s Terms of Reference for this review please visit the Department of Agriculture's website at http://www.agriculture.gov.au/forestry/policies/illegal-logging/tor.

While the terms of reference are clearly focused on small business (total turnover of less than $10 million in total), they will need to understand how the regulations have impacted different sized businesses. They stress the confidential nature of the interviews.

If any AFA members or other industry participants are interested in being interviewed by KPMG please contact illegalloggingreview@kpmg.com.au.

The AFA will share the final report with AFA Members in due course.