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The Victorian Association of Forest Industries (VAFI) is the peak body for the Victorian forest and wood products industry.

The forest and wood products industry in Victoria is a dynamic sector of the economy that uses wood, a renewable, biodegradable, recyclable product, to create materials for new homes, buildings and furniture, paper and fuel for green energy.

VAFI represents the entire lifecycle of forestry products, including forest growers, harvest and haul businesses, wood and paper processors, and associated businesses across both the native forest and plantations sectors.

The industry directly employs more than 21,000 workers and indirectly supports another 40,000 to 50,000 jobs, providing a sustainable future for suburban, rural and regional communities across Victoria.

VAFI strives to protect and promote the forestry industry’s commitment to Victoria’s economy and community, as well as it ongoing sustainability. VAFI works collaboratively with its members, industry stakeholders, the community and governments to achieve this goal.

Our vision is to ensure an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable future for the Victorian forest and wood products industry.

VAFI Annual Dinner 2014

VAFI Annual Dinner 2014

Forestry and timber manufacturing ǀ 4 February 2014

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VAFI farewells Lisa Marty ǀ 11 November 2014

Victorian Association of Forest Industries (VAFI) former Chief Executive Officer Lisa Marty has formally advised of her resignation and hence will not be returning to the CEO position at the conclusion of her maternity leave.

The Executive Committee, on behalf of all members, thank Lisa for her tremendous contribution to the industry and the Association, as CEO and previously as Deputy Director, over the last six years.

VAFI Welcomes FSC Certification ǀ 2 July 2014

VAFI welcomes the news that VicForests will seek Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Controlled Wood certification.

VicForests is currently certified to the Australian Forestry Standard, which is recognised by the Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), the world?s largest forest certification scheme.

Release of leadbeater's possum advisory group report ǀ 14 April 2014

The Victorian Association of Forest Industries (VAFI) welcomes the release of the Leadbeater's Possum Recommendations: Report to the Minister for Environment and Climate Change and the Minister for Agriculture and Food Security prepared by the Leadbeater's Possum Advisory Group.

Auditor General’s report a tick of approval for VicForests ǀ 11 December 2013

The Victorian Auditor General's Report, released Friday 11 December, found VicForests harvests at a sustainable level and less than it is allowed to. It also found VicForests continues to improve what is already an effective process for estimating the sustainable harvest level and is well equipped to modify its processes over time as circumstances change. It was also acknowledged that VicForests balanced its long term profitability with supporting a sustainable industry and generating benefits for regional communities.

VAFI CEO Lisa Marty said this report should give Victorian’s confidence the small proportion of the public native forest estate available for timber harvesting each year has been well managed.

Industry welcomes VicForests’ win in Court of Appeals ǀ 11 December 2013

VAFI has welcomed the Victorian Court of Appeal’s judgment in the case of MyEnvironment versus VicForests, which was handed down yesterday and upheld the Supreme Court’s original finding that harvesting operations near Toolangi comply with Victoria’s regulatory framework.

Industry leaders recognised at Victorian forest and wood products industry dinner ǀ 18 November 2013

On Friday 15 November 240 representatives from the forest and wood products, manufacturing and construction industries, government, stakeholders and forestry communities attended the annual gathering of the peak body for the Victorian forest and wood products industry.

The VAFI Annual Dinner at the Park Hyatt in Melbourne saw several businesses recognised for their innovation, environmental credentials, community engagement, workplace safety, and staff training.

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2013 VAFI Sustainability Report launched ǀ 18 November 2013

The 2013 VAFI Sustainability Report is now available.

Launched by Grand Designs host Peter Maddison at the 2013 VAFI Annual Dinner on 15 November, the Report looks at the social, environmental and economic progress of the forest and wood products industry in Victoria and the activities of VAFI as the peak industry body.

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