Submissions & Correspondence

From time to time the IFA/AFG correspond and prepare submissions to Federal and Local Governments, as well as Inquiries and Royal Commissions, copies of our recent submissions are listed below:

Farm Management Deposits Scheme (FMDS) Submission
The IFA/AFG’s submission to the Farm Management Deposits Scheme (FMDS) review addresses the elements of the FMDS that are most relevant to private forest growers. Conceptually, the FMDS is a sensible policy designed to assist primary producers manage the risks and variability inherent in primary production. However the IFA/AFG submission highlights that the FMDS does not currently embrace forestry as a form of primary production, nor recognise the unique characteristics of long term forestry enterprises.

Consequently, despite years of advice and representations from AFG, the scheme has not been adapted in any way to accommodate private forestry. The IFA/AFG submission draws attention to limitations of the current scheme and provides recommendations as to how these should be addressed.
May 2021

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (EPBC) RFA
The IFA/AFG made a submission in strong support of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment.
March 2021

Tasmanian Draft Bushfire Mitigation Measures Bill 2020
The IFA/AFG FFMC and Tas Division were invited to make comments on the draft Tasmanian Bushfire Mitigation Measures Bill 2020
October 2020

Submission on Draft ACT Urban Forest Strategy
The ACT Division made a submission to the draft ACT Urban Forest Strategy
August 2020

Inquiry into Ecosystem Decline in Victoria
IFA/AFG Submission to the Victorian Legislative Council Environment and Planning Committee
August 2020

AS/NZS 4708- 2020 Sustainable Forest Management Standard - For Public Comment

Public comment covering letter
Draft ASNZS 4708 - 2020 Sustainable Forest Management Standard 
Public Comment Submission Sheet

August 2020

Inquiry into timber supply chain constraints in the Australian Plantation sector
Standing Committee on Agriculture and Water Resources; Timber Supply Chain Constraints
August 2020

IFA/AFG Submission to the Discussion Paper
National Agricultural Workforce Strategy
August 2020

Correspondence from Senator the Hon. Jonathon Duniam 

$40 million Forestry Recovery Development Fund
23 June 2020

Submission to Climate Change Authority

Review of the Emissions Reduction Fund
June 2020

Submission to NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

Koala Habitat Protection Guideline (2019)
April 2020

Submission to the Tree Management Policy, National Capital Authority

The ACT Division made a submission to the development of the NCA Tree Management Policy.
March 2020 

Letter to Hon David Kelly Minister for Forestry, WA

Responding to sudden announcement that harvesting of a specific class of coupes in karri forest would be suspended in the 2020 harvest plan.
March 2020

Emissions Reduction Fund: Consultation paper Proposed amendments to regulations applying to forestry projects

Submission to the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
February 2020

Update on ERF (Water Rule) submission - 7 April 2020
Amendments to Emission Reduction Fund rules on water interception requirements
The IFA/AFG has joined the plantation industry in welcoming news of a Regulation Amendment designed to reduce the regulatory burden for new plantation forestry and farm forestry projects proposed under the Federal Government’s Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF). 
The amendment has been made to the existing water interception requirements established under the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI). The amendment allows new projects in areas with over 600mm of annual rainfall to proceed with registration if they are located in a region declared by the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction to be a region where material risks to water availability are likely to be addressed. This change removes a key constraint on ERF eligibility for new plantation projects within medium to high rainfall areas, notably within Regional Forestry Hubs. Project proponents will still need to address water interception requirements in accordance with State and regional planning provisions, and other ERF eligibility requirements.
The amendment was made following a consultation process conducted by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources in February this year. The IFA/AFG made a submission to the Department to support the proposed amendment.
For further information: The amendment is contained in the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Amendment (Excluded Offsets Projects) Regulations 2020, dated 2 April 2020. 

Plantation Development Concessional Loans IFA/AFG Forest Managers and Growers inputs and replies to discussion question

Submission to the Department of Agriculture Consultation
December 2019

Submission to NSW Coastal IFOA Monitoring Program New South Wales Integrated Forestry Operations Approvals monitoring program

November 2019