About Forestry Australia Membership

Forestry Australia is a professional body with almost 1,200 members engaged in all branches of forest management, growing and conservation in Australia. Forestry Australia is strongly committed to the principles of sustainable forest management and the processes and practices which translate these principles into outcomes.

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

Membership is not restricted to professional Foresters. Other persons associated with or interested in the area of forests are welcome to join Forestry Australia.

The many benefits of being a member of Forestry Australia include:

  • Access professional development, webinars, information and training to enhance your forestry knowledge and practice
  • Build your forestry and forest growing networks and support your career growth and development
  • Participate in national and local events including the Forestry Australia National Conference, seminars and field days at a discounted member rate
  • Access the Forest Fundaments Online Learning Program to support graduates and recent entrants to the forestry sector
  • Participate in the annual Mentoring Program
  • Stay up to date with forestry news via the fortnightly Forestry Australia e-News & quarterly magazine The Forester
  • Support Forestry Australia as it advocates for the forestry profession, forest growers and other professionals working in the forestry sector
  • Access the latest research via Australian Forestry, the only quarterly scientific peer reviewed journal produced by Australians for the Australian context
  • Have your knowledge, skills and experience recognised by the Registered Forestry Professional scheme
  • Access Forestry Australia’s webinar archive and membership directory

Membership categories and fees

The Forestry Australia membership year is 1 July – 30 June, members are welcome to join at anytime of the year. New members who join after 1 October will have their membership subscription adjusted and will be charged a pro-rated fee.

Current annual subscription fees (includes GST) for 2023- 2024 are:

  • Professional $475
  • Young Professional $120
  • Family leave $240
  • Retired $240
  • Full time student $25
  • Grower – Farm $205
  • Grower – Large/Forestry Business $525
  • Friends of Forestry Australia $240
  • Overseas $125

Membership Category Definitions

Professional (Full)
You are eligible for Professional membership if you hold a qualification in forestry or similar discipline together OR have two years appropriate forest management, forest science or forest professional experience.

Young Professional
A member is eligible for a heavily discounted Young Professional rate if they are a part-time student of any Australian University or tertiary institution, or for the first five years following graduation from his/her first forest related studies (Environmental science, Environmental management, Forestry, etc).

Grower – Farm
Up to 100 hectares of planted forest or 1,000 hectares of native forest.
Please note a grower member is not entitled to a subscription to the Australian Forestry journal.

Grower – Large/Forestry Business
Over 100 hectares of planted forest or over 1,000 hectares of native forest or working in the industry.
Please note a grower member is not entitled to a subscription to the Australian Forestry journal.

Forestry Australia voting members who are no longer working full time.

Family Leave
Current Forestry Australia voting members who are on up to 12 months leave. Maternity or paternity.

Honorary Life
Members who are awarded complimentary membership for life as a result of service to Forestry Australia or services to the Forestry profession – this membership category is by nomination only.

Forestry Australia Members who pre-paid their membership for life. NOTE: This membership category is now closed.

Associate (Friends of Forestry Australia)
You are eligible for Associate membership if you are interested in the objects of the Association and do not meet the criteria for voting membership.
This is a non-voting membership.

You are eligible for an overseas subscription if you are a citizen of and reside in a country other than Australia.
This is a non-voting membership.

Student (Full-time)
You are eligible for student membership if you are a full-time student attending forest related studies (Environmental science, Environmental management, Forestry, etc.) at any Australian University or tertiary institution. Please note this concession is only available for one degree in forest related studies.
This is a non-voting membership.

Download Application Form HERE