Biosecurity and Illegal Logging Free Services

Did you know, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has a free service available to confidentially report information about suspected breaches of Australian biosecurity laws?

Do You Import Timber Products?

As of the 1st of January 2018, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources will cease the “soft start” audit period.

Chinese Move to Certification of Wood Products

The Chinese government is moving to sustainable forest certification of wood products, both harvested at home and imported from other countries, officials told a conference on illegal logging in Beijing recently.

AFA Makes Submission on behalf of Industry Members

The Australian Furniture Association (AFA) welcomed the opportunity to make a submission to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources’ consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) on reforming Australia’s Illegal Logging regulations.

Importing timber, wooden articles, bamboo and related products

All imported furniture that contains timber, wooden articles, bamboo and related products (whether for commercial or personal use) must comply with the import conditions as stated on the Department of Agriculture and Water resources’ Biosecurity Import Conditions system (BICON).

Illegal Logging Legislation’s Impact on Small Business

The AFA is advised that the new due diligence requirements in relation to the illegal logging legislation will affect up to 17,000 importers and 460 domestic timber processors, with all of them having to carry out due diligence.

Illegal Logging of Timber

On the 30th November 2014 the Australian Government introduced new regulations which require Australian timber importers to carry out due diligence on imported timber products.

Australian Funding to Combat Illegal Logging in Asia-Pacific

Coinciding with the AFA’s recent communications in relation to illegal logging, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, has announced that the Australian Government is increasing its commitment to the sustainable management and recovery of rainforests in the Asia-Pacific.

Illegal Logging Prohibition Update

The Department of Agriculture has translated relevant fact-sheets and guidance documents on the Illegal Logging Prohibition Regulation.

Illegal Logging Prohibition Regulation

Department of Agriculture is planning a variety of outreach activities over the next 5 months on the illegal logging regulation leading up to 30th November 2014 commencement of the Illegal Logging Prohibition Regulations.