Policy and key focus
The key policy areas for VAFI are:
- No new national parks or extension to the existing reserve system from current productive forests.
- No reduction in existing resource levels.
- Support both the native forest and plantation sectors as they complement each other in their mix of products for consumers – it is not a simple choice of one replacing the other.
- Ensure long term security for the forest and wood products industry through existing supply and future access to resource.
- Investigate the potential for private estate forestry, including long run hardwood plantation development.
Investment and Innovation
- Focus on opportunities to maximise current available supply by increasing value-adding opportunities and diversifying throughout the supply chain.
- Improve uptake of productivity enhancing measures, including new technologies, workforce skills and capabilities, industry collaboration, and market support.
- Support development of multi-level timber buildings, both framed and from and engineered wood products.
Government Purchasing Policies
- Support purchasing of local products, including wood encouragement program across all levels of government
- Native forestry and plantations recognised as an ‘as of right’ crop in line with other agricultural activities.
Market Access and Development
- Improve market access for Victorian forest and wood products businesses via trade support to ensure the local industry remains competitive in the global market
- Investigate the potential to take to market products derived from changing resource supply.
Our industry has a great future. VAFI will continue to advocate for bipartisan support to make that future happen – for the good of Victoria’s economy, community and ongoing sustainability.