Latest Media Releases

  • Letter to the Editor – The Weekly Times

    The article ‘Forest plan fires debate (11/10/17)’ confirms what the forest, fibre and wood products industry has known all along – that the plan for the proposed GFNP has one goal: to shut down the native timber industry.

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  • Statement on Australian Sustainable Hardwoods

    Following the announcement from the Victorian Government on the purchase of the Australian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH) mill at Heyfield, Tim Johnston, the CEO of the Victorian Association of Forest Industries (VAFI), the peak body for the forest, fibre, and wood products industry, has made the following statement:

    VAFI welcomes the announcement of the agreement that has been reached on the sale of the Heyfield mill.

    It is great to see that sawmilling, and associated wood manufacturing will continue in Heyfield, as it is a vital industry for both the local region and Victoria more broadly. It is also important to acknowledge the mill workers, and the wider Heyfield community, as this has been a difficult time for all involved.

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  • 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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Contact Information

Richard Troeth
Manager - Media and Communications

03 9611 9000