About the IFA

The Institute of Foresters of Australia (IFA) is the professional body representing over 1200 members who are forest scientists, professionals and/or managers operating in all aspects of forest and natural resource management, including forest conservation, throughout Australia.

Forestry professionals, informed by the science of natural resource management, play a crucial role in shaping the future of forests. We advocate balanced land use that meets society’s needs for sustainable forest management, timber supply, and conservation outcomes.

The Institute of Foresters of Australia (IFA) and Australian Forest Growers (AFG) merged in early 2019.  This new merged identify, called the IFA is a professional association that represents members who:


  • Are engaged in all branches of forest management and conservation in Australia.

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  • grow trees for timber and other products and benefits, on small and large holdings, on farms, in plantations and in private native forests include farmers and foresters, plantation investors and investment companies, researchers, consultants, tree and equipment suppliers, industrial forestry companies, urban dwellers with rural land, small block holders, and tree growing enthusiasts.

The membership represents all segments of the forestry profession, including public and private practitioners and growers. Members are engaged in many aspects of forestry, nature conservation, resource and land management, research, administration and education.

The IFA is registered nationally as a Company Limited by Guarantee operating under a Constitution.

Background

Going strong since 1935, the Institute of Foresters of Australia is a professional body.

The ‘Objects’ of the Institute are:

  • To advance and protect the cause of forestry
  • To promote professional standards and ethical practice among those engaged in forestry
  • To promote social intercourse between persons engaged in forestry
  • To publish and make educational, marketing and other materials available to those engaged in forestry
  • To provide the services of the Institute to forestry organisations inside Australia and in overseas countries as the Board may deem appropriate.

There are Divisions of the IFA in each State and the Australian Capital Territory, headed by the Divisional Chair and coordinated through volunteer Committees.The Association of Consulting Foresters of Australia (ACFA) is a national Division of IFA. About the AFG - Background Established in 1969 as the Australian Forest Development Institute, Australian Forest Growers (AFG) merged with the Institute of Foresters of Australia (IFA) in 2019. The AFG is a national association that represented and promoted private forestry, farm forestry and commercial tree growing interests in Australia. AFG members grow trees commercially for wood or non-wood products.

About the AFG - Background

Established in 1969 as the Australian Forest Development Institute, Australian Forest Growers (AFG) merged with the Institute of Foresters of Australia (IFA) in 2019. The AFG is a national association that represented and promoted private forestry, farm forestry and commercial tree growing interests in Australia. AFG members grow trees commercially for wood or non-wood products.

AFG Members:
  • grow trees for timber and other products and benefits, on small and large holdings, on farms, in plantations and in private native forests include farmers and foresters, plantation investors and investment companies, researchers, consultants, tree and equipment suppliers, industrial forestry companies, urban dwellers with rural land, small block holders, and tree growing enthusiasts
AFG offers members and the private forestry sector a range of services including:
  • technical and market information via regional field days and seminars, a three-day biennial conference, and publications such as Australian Forest Grower magazine and the acclaimed introductory booklet Getting started in farm forestry;
  • the AFG National and State Treefarmer Awards;
  • a competitive and reliable plantation insurance scheme;
  • the pruned stand certification scheme;
  • support for treegrower co-operatives;
  • a national membership and policy forum; and, especially,
  • representation and advocacy to all levels of government.