Extending the Tasmanian RFA
The Australian and Tasmanian governments committed to establish a 20 year rolling extension to the Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement (RFA).
A Joint Working Group (JWG) of senior government officials was established in 2014 to oversee negotiations for the RFA extension. The JWG includes representatives from the Australian Government Departments of Environment and Energy (DoEE) and Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR), and the Tasmanian Government Departments of State Growth and Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE).
A variation to the Tasmanian RFA was signed on 18 August 2017 by the Australian and Tasmanian governments. A consolidated version of the RFA, which includes all previous amendments, including the 2017 variation, is also provided.
The process of extending the Tasmanian RFA involved the completion or development of a number of documents:
- Independent Reviewer’s Report on the third five-yearly review
- Joint Government Response to the third five-yearly review
- Further Assessment of Matters Report
- Report Summarising the Feedback from the 2016 public consultation
- Tasmania’s Forest Management System – An Overview
Stakeholders had an initial opportunity to provide feedback (from 17 April to 12 June 2015) about extending the Tasmanian RFA, as part of the third five-yearly review of the RFA. This initial feedback, and the Independent Reviewer’s report to the third five-yearly review of the Tasmanian RFA informed the focus of an additional round of consultation, which was conducted from 22 November to 23 December 2016. Further detail on how public consultation was conducted is provided in a report summarising the feedback from the additional public consultation on the extended RFA.
A total of 30 written submissions were received in the representation period.