Certifying our operations
Forest certification schemes require that forest management companies comply with the core principles of sustainable forest management.
Requirements cover consideration of legal requirements, stakeholder relations, biodiversity, cultural values, soil and water values, product recovery, and social and economic benefits.
Certification requires a systematic approach be taken by the forest manager to ensure that all operations are planned, implemented, monitored and reviewed, with a view to continually improving performance.
Forestry Tasmania’s sustainable forest management performance is currently
independently audited and certified against the requirements of three voluntary
Australian Forestry Standard (AS 4708),
Environmental Management Systems (AS/NZS 14001
Occupational Health and Safety Systems (AS 4801)
These certifications provide customers and stakeholders with an assurance that
Forestry Tasmania’s management systems underpinning compliance with standards are
Forestry Tasmania’s independent third party auditing body conducts regular surveillance
audits to confirm continuing compliance with the standards. The certification standards
require that a certified organisation undergo re-certification at prescribed intervals
(nominally 3 yearly). Forestry Tasmania underwent a recertification audit in 2014/15 and
was successfully recertified against all three standards.
In December 2014, Forestry Tasmania also underwent its first full forest management
assessment to assess compliance against Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) standards.
The assessment was undertaken by an independent certification body, SCS Global
Services. FSC® certification is important to Forestry Tasmania because it will provide
further and ongoing access to key markets and added stakeholder assurance that we are
managing the forests effectively.
For more information, see Fact Sheet N0.2 Forest Certification
Australian Forestry Standard and Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification
AS 4801 Safety Management System
ISO 14001 Environmental Management System
Forest Stewardship Council®
Forest Management Full Evaluation Audit Report 2015 (PDF 2,301 kb)
Forestry Tasmania AFS Public Summary Reports below:
BSI Public Summary Report March 2015 for Forestry Tasmania [140kb PDF]
AFS Certificate 2015 [964kb PDF]
Report Commissioned by NCSI:
Forestry Tasmania's Sustainable Yield under the Australian Forestry Standard [593kb PDF]
Professor Ian Ferguson, 4 June, 2012
Previous reports archive:
BSI (formerly NCSI) Public Summary Report August 2014 for Forestry Tasmania [147kb PDF]
NCSI Public Summary Report January 2013 for Forestry Tasmania [413kb PDF]
NCSI Public Summary Report 2012 for Forestry Tasmania [162kb PDF]]
AFS Certificate 2012 [122kb PDF]
NCSI Public Summary Report 2011 for Forestry Tasmania (PDF]
NCSI Public Summary Report 2010 for Forestry Tasmania (PDF]
AFS Public Summary Report 2009 [1,229kb]
AFS Public Summary Report 2008 [179kb PDF]