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Native forestry

Private Native Forestry Compliance Strategy and priorities

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On 25 August 2017, new legislative arrangements commenced for private native forestry. It should be noted that some references on the EPAs website and any publications may now be outdated. These documents will be progressively updated by the EPA to ensure current legislative arrangements are reflected. More detail about the changes are available.

Compliance Strategy

The Private Native Forestry (PNF) Compliance Strategy provides a comprehensive and transparent framework for the regulating the environmental impacts of forestry operations on private land. The strategy adopts a risk-based approach to compliance to ensure the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) focuses its attention and resources on those issues that pose the greatest risk to the environment or are of major concern to the community. The strategy is consistent with the EPA’s vision – Healthy Environment, Healthy Community, Healthy Business – and aligns with the broader EPA Compliance Policy.

The strategy is available for download: PNF Forestry Compliance Strategy 2013–16 (PDF 61KB)

Compliance priorities

To achieve the objectives of the Strategy the EPA also develops an annual list of key environmental compliance priorities for private native forestry. Setting compliance priorities up-front provides a clear indication of the regulator’s expectations and allows the EPA to focus compliance effort around these issues. Compliance action may include audits and inspections, policy and legislative reform, stakeholder engagement, awareness raising, voluntary action and enforcement.

Compliance priorities will be assessed and reported against on a 12-monthly basis. Some priorities may have action completed within this period, while for others, compliance effort may need to be ongoing.

The Native Forestry Environmental Compliance Priorities 2015–16 (PDF, 590KB) provide a clear indication of the EPA's focus as a proactive regulator over the next 12 months.

A report on the Native Forestry Environmental Compliance Priorities: Actions taken in 2014–15 (PDF, 787KB) provides a summary of the actions taken against the priorities and indicates where effort is ongoing.

Page last updated: 04 September 2017