VAFI has welcomed the launch of the Forestry Better Business Program. The program was officially launched last week at an event in Launceston, and is now available nationally. Speaking at the launch event, Diana Lloyd, General Manager of ForestWorks, said the Forestry Better Business Program offers an efficient tool that enables businesses to identify and maintain industry best practice and provides recognition that they are operating to the high standards required.

“Forestry contracting businesses can use the online program to store and share information with forest managers and to demonstrate they meet current standards. The standards are based on existing industry standards, and link to relevant Acts and Regulations. The standards are described and documented under the four key areas – Safety, Environment, Economics and People,” she said.

The Forestry Better Business Program was developed and trialled in Tasmania in 2015-2016, out of a project funded by the Australian and Tasmanian Governments. ForestWorks worked closely with the Australian Forest Contractors Association (AFCA) and an industry-led project steering committee to ensure the program met industry’s needs. A free trial period is available for the first six months.

To access the program, forestry contracting businesses and forest managers can register at

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