Forest certification

Australia has two active certification schemes:

1.    Australian Forestry Standard (AFS) now known as Responsible Wood and
2.    Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

Responsible Wood is internationally recognised through the Program for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).  FSC is internationally recognised through the FSC global brand.

To date around 11.4 million hectares of forests in Australia have been certified under these schemes, including plantations and native forests.

More information about certification can be found in IFA’s Policy on Certification click here and from the Responsible Wood and FSC websites using the links below.

FSC and Responsible Wood both make copies of their National Standards for sustainable forest management available for free on their websites (See links below).  More information about certification can be found in IFA’s policy on certification and from the AFS and FSC websites using the links below.

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
Australian Forestry Standard (AFS)
Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)

Responsible Wood


The Australian Standard for Sustainable Forest Management Standard is available at no cost from the Responsible Wood Website.

Download here