Latest Media Releases

  • Forestry Better Business Program Launched Nationally

    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

  • Notice of application to cancel registration with the Fair Work Commission

    This notice is to inform that as of 14 September 2017, the Victorian Association of Forest Industries has lodged an application to cancel its registration under the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 (RO Act), in accordance with s.30(1)(a) of the RO Act and the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Regulations 2009 (RO Regulations). 

  • VAFI Media Statement on Australian Sustainable Hardwoods

    VAFI welcomes the announcement that an in-principle agreement has been reached between ASH and the government, that will see sawmilling continue in Heyfield. We hope that this agreement will secure work for employees of the mill, and support the local community that relies on these jobs.

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  • Funding for Plantation Establishment Welcomed

    The Victorian Association of Forest Industries (VAFI) welcomes the announcement in the Victorian State Budget of $110 million in funding towards plantation establishment in the Latrobe Valley.

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  • New Mill a Boost for South Gippsland

    The peak body for the forest, fibre, and wood products industry, the Victorian Association of Forest Industries (VAFI), has welcomed the opening of the new Radial Timber Mill at Yarram, South Gippsland.

    Tim Johnston, CEO of VAFI, said the state-of-the-art mill, officially opened today by The Hon Darren Chester MP, Federal Member for Gippsland, is a fantastic investment and achievement for Radial Timber, and shows the forward thinking and innovation that is happening in the forest, fibre and wood products industry in Victoria

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