Who we are

The Victorian Association of Forest Industries Inc. (VAFI) is the peak body for the Victorian timber and 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.

What we do

In a global economy VAFI continues to support local forest and wood products businesses, both in response to resource security and market access to the industry.

VAFI continues to encourage greater uptake of productivity enhancing measures, including new technology, workforce skills and capabilities, industry collaboration and market support.

VAFI strives to protect and promote the forest and wood products industry’s commitment to Victoria’s economy and community, as well as its 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 Victoria’s forest and wood products industry.

In working towards our vision, value is measured through what we, our stakeholders and members achieve.

VAFI’s values include:


Leadership and advocacy

VAFI is the trusted ‘voice’ for the Victorian forest and wood products industry.

Strong relationships

VAFI cultivates strong relationships based on respect, communication and collaboration.

Knowledge and innovation

VAFI develops strategic and innovative ways of delivering services.


VAFI is professional, responsive and efficient in achieving the best possible outcome for its members.

Our Team

Tim Johnston
Chief Executive Officer


Jillian Roscoe
Manager – Operations


Narelle Groenhout
Manager – Media and Communications


Tim Morrissey
Policy Advisor

Our Executive Committee

Craig Dunn


Michael Taylor


Simon Gatt


Greg McNulty
Malcolm McComb
Geoff Proctor
Paul Madden
Darren Shelden


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

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GPO Box 4320
Melbourne VIC

Tel: +61 3 9611 9000