About Forestry Australia

Forestry Australia formerly known as The Institute of Foresters of Australia (IFA) and Australian Forest Growers (AFG) is a professional association with 1,200+ members. Our members are forest scientists, professionals, managers and growers operating in all aspects of forest and natural resource management throughout Australia.

Its members are committed to the principles of sustainable forest management and applying these principles to generate environmental, social and economic outcomes in all types of forests and land tenures.

Forestry Australia is registered nationally as a Company Limited by Guarantee operating under a Constitution.

Learn more about Forestry Australia membership or view the member list.


As a volunteer-led organisation, our objectives include:

  • support competency and capacity-building of forest scientists, professionals, managers and growers
  • position Forestry Australia as a policy and thought leader of the forest management sector and promote evidence-based decision making
  • create a strong, inclusive and sustainable organisation

Forestry Australia History

Forestry Australia was previously known as The Institute of Foresters of Australia & Australian Forest Growers (IFA & AFG). The IFA was created in 1935 as the professional membership body for people trained in forest science (foresters).

Forestry Australia has always aimed to advance and protect the cause of forestry. We promote professional standards and ethical forest practice, and produce educational, marketing and other materials.

AFG History

Established in 1969 as the Australian Forest Development Institute, the AFG is a national association that represents and promotes private forestry, farm forestry and commercial tree growing interests in Australia. AFG members grow trees for commercial, environmental and farm productivity gain, as well as simply for the joy of it.