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About IFA

Going strong since 1935, the Institute of Foresters of Australia is a professional body with over 1100 members engaged in all branches of forest management and conservation in Australia. The Institute 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 forestry professionals are welcome to join IFA.

The IFA is registered nationally as a Company Limited by Guarantee operating under a Constitution. The ‘Objects’ of the Institute are:

  1. To advance and protect the cause of forestry

  2. To maintain a high standard of qualification in persons engaged in the practice of forestry

  3. To promote professional standards and ethical practice among those engaged in forestry

  4. To promote social intercourse between persons engaged in forestry

  5. To publish and make educational, marketing and other materials available to those engaged in forestry

  6. 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.


The IFA is a member of the following organisations.

FSC  Responsible wood logo     IUCN   commonwealth forestry assoc

Russell Grimwade Prize

The Russell Grimwade Prize is available to university graduates who have subsequently worked for at least two years in a forestry or forest management related field in Australia or overseas. Study may be taken at any university in Australia or overseas offering postgraduate study in forestry or forest management. Applicants must be Australian citizens/permanent residents and have the qualifications...

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Corporate documents

All the following documents are downloadable by clicking on the links Constitution IFA Privacy Policy IFA Code of Conduct IFA Strategic Plan 2017/18 IFA Annual Report 2016/17 IFA Annual Report 2015/16 IFA Annual Report 2014/15 IFA Annual Report ​2013/2014 Full Financial report 2013/2014 IFA Annual Report 2012/2013 Full Financial report 2012/2013 IFA Annual Report 2011/2012 IFA Annual...

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IFA Policies

IFA Policy Statements The following policy statements are the consensus view of Australian professional foresters on traditional and contemporary forestry matters. They are free of the beliefs and convictions of either political parties or industrial lobby groups. Although all members have had opportunity to contribute to the finalisation of these policies, the statements do not necessarily reflect...

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Forestry Scholarship Fund (FSF)

Applications for the Forestry Scholarship Fund are currently open. About the fund » Applying for a scholarship » Donating to the scholarship fund » Managing a fundraising event » About the fund The Forestry Scholarship Fund was established when it became clear that there was a shortage of skilled foresters in Australia, due to declining enrolments in tertiary forestry education and the retirement...

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