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RFA Reviews and Amendments

The Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement (RFA), is an inter-governmental agreement between the Tasmanian and Australian Governments. The Agreement provides for the long term sustainable management of Tasmania's forests, both public and privately owned.

The State and Commonwealth entered into an RFA on 8 November 1997. That RFA was varied in 2001, 2007 and 2017, and by a supplementary agreement in 2005 (Tasmanian Community Forest Agreement – TCFA).

The 1997 Tasmanian RFA was varied on 18 August 2017 by the Australian and Tasmanian governments to establish a 20-year rolling extension.

This page provides a short history of amendments to and reviews of the RFA.

Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement extension process and 2017 amendment

Clause 8 of the 1997 Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement (Tasmanian RFA) required the Australian Government and the Tasmanian Government (the Parties) to agree a process for extending the Tasmanian RFA as part of the third five-yearly review.

This document shows the process the Parties used to negotiate an extended Tasmanian RFA and the relationship between this extension process and the third five-yearly review of the Tasmanian RFA.

  • Schematic showing the link between the Five Year Review and RFA extension (PDF)

A variation to the Tasmanian RFA was signed on 18 August 2017 which has extended the RFA by 20 years and introduced rolling five year extensions tied to successful completion of five yearly reviews.

Further information on extending the RFA is available here.

RFA Third Five-Yearly Review & Extension Process

The third five-yearly review of the Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement (RFA), for the reporting period 2007 to 2012, commenced in 2015 with the signing of the Scoping Agreement by the Minister for Resources and the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources. Five-yearly reviews are required under clause 45 of the RFA. The Scoping Agreement sets out the arrangements agreed by the governments for undertaking the review.

The following documents were jointly prepared by the Tasmanian and Australian Governments as an input to the review process.

  • Implementation of the Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement 2012 (Implementation Report) (PDF)
  • Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement Third five-yearly review (2007 – 2012) Summary Document (Summary Document) (Word)

The Summary Document provided information about the Tasmanian RFA, review process and a summary of the government's progress in implementing the RFA. The Implementation Report provided a more in-depth analysis and commentary of the actions, recommendations and the progress in implementing the RFA. The documentation is a compendium of implementation reports in relation to the 1997 RFA, Tasmanian Community Forest Agreement (TCFA) and recommendations from the first and second five-yearly reviews of the RFA and the TCFA.

An independent reviewer, Dr Glen Kile, was appointed to undertake the review. Dr Kile has analysed the Implementation Report, stakeholder comments and other relevant information in preparation of his report. The report was completed in November 2015 and submitted to the Australian and Tasmanian Governments, and subsequently tabled in both houses of the Australian Parliament. The report contains a number of recommendations which provided input into the negotiations for the extension of the RFA. The report can be accessed via the link below;

  • TRFA Review(PDF)
  • The State of the Forests Tasmania 2012 Report (PDF)

The Tasmanian Government together with the Australian Government invited public comments on the implementation of the Tasmanian RFA as part of the third five-yearly review, in mid-2015.

26 submissions were received for web publication in the representation period. These submissions can be viewed via the link below:

Third Five-Yearly RFA Review submissions

Joint Government Response to Third Five-Yearly Review

In 2016, Tasmanian and Australian Governments jointly provided a response to the recommendations contained in the report by the independent reviewer, Dr Glen Kile, on the third five-yearly review. The response can be accessed via the link below:

Joint Government Response

2007 Amendment to the Regional Forest Agreement

A variation to the Tasmanian RFA was signed on 23 February 2007 by the Australian and Tasmanian governments.

RFA Second Five-Yearly Review

The second five-yearly review of the Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) 1997 covering the period 2002-07 was completed in February 2008. Both governments agreed to implement all of the recommendations from the review. The parties to the Tasmanian RFA have released their detailed responses to the recommendations arising from the second five-yearly review.

  • Second five yearly review of the Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement (PDF)

The purpose of the review was to review performance against the specified milestones and commitments of the RFA 1997 and the Tasmanian Community Forest Agreement 2005.  The review was undertaken by Mr John Ramsay, an independent person jointly appointed by Ministers from both governments.

The governments prepared two reports for the purposes of the second five-yearly review of the Tasmanian RFA. The Sustainability Indicators Report 2007 and a report on the Implementation of the Regional Forest Agreement 2007. Public comment on these reports was considered by the Reviewer in preparing his report to the governments.

  • The Sustainability Indicators Report 2007 (PDF)
  • Implementation of the Regional Forest Agreement 2007 (PDF)
  • Report on second five yearly review of the Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement (PDF)

Tasmanian Community Forest Agreement 2005

A Way Forward For Tasmania's Forests

On 13 May 2005, the Tasmanian and Australian governments signed a Supplementary Regional Forest Agreement. It is a supplement to the Tasmanian RFA, and was developed to implement the Tasmanian Community Forest Agreement (TCFA) 2005.

The supplementary agreement, and the three maps which form part of the agreement are available to download. A fourth map is also available which is not part of the agreement, but gives a statewide view.

The Australian Government’s Agriculture website has further information on the TCFA and the supplementary agreement.

Annual Reports on the implementation of the Tasmanian Community Forest Agreement.

  • Annual Report - Tasmanian Community Forest Agreement 2005-06 (PDF)
  • Annual Report - Tasmanian Community Forest Agreement 2006-07 (PDF)
  • Annual Report - Tasmanian Community Forest Agreement 2007-08 (PDF)
  • Annual Report - Tasmanian Community Forest Agreement 2008-09 (PDF)
  • Annual Report - Tasmanian Community Forest Agreement 2009-10 (PDF)

TCFA Intensive Forest Management Program Audit

In response to a recommendation from the 10 Year Review, the Tasmanian Government commissioned independent financial and performance audits of the $115 million intensive forest management program funded by both governments under the Tasmanian Community Forest Agreement from 2005 to 2010.

Audit Reports

  • Financial Audit Report (PDF)
  • Performance Audit Report  (PDF)

Forestry Tasmania's response to the recommendations

  • Forestry Tasmania's Response (PDF)

RFA Policy Framework - fire management

The following document was prepared in 2002 to describe the statewide policy framework for fire management.

2001 Amendments to the Regional Forest Agreement

On 19 July 2001, both Parties agreed to minor variations to the RFA, to ensure that compensation and termination provisions were consistent with RFAs in other states, and to address minor issues such as a change in mailing address of the Commonwealth and the clarification of an ambiguity of public reserves as informal reserves.

  • RFA Amendment 2001 (PDF)