Plantation forestry

NSW DPI Forestry Policy, Research and Development work to ensure that NSW has a competitive forest industry underpinned by forest resources that are accessible, healthy, bio-secure and sustainably managed.

Plantation forestry involves planting trees which may be managed for commercial timber production or environmental purposes. Plantation establishment and management operations on both Crown land (including state forests) and freehold land are regulated and supported by the department.

Regulation occurs through:

All new plantations (except for plantations of less than 30 hectares which do not otherwise require development approval) must be authorised prior to their establishment. In addition, any existing unauthorised plantations are required to be authorised prior to commencement of forestry operations in excess of 30 hectares.

Plantation Assessment Officers provide support and advice to the industry, both during the authorisation process and at other times. The authorisation process involves:

  • a single application, replacing the need for multiple licences and permits
  • pre-application inspections to resolve issues in advance of formal applications
  • streamlined assessment processes
  • 14 day guarantee of service for complying plantations
  • 40 day guarantee of service for non-complying plantations

Auditing of plantations is undertaken in accordance with the principles outlined in the Regulatory Policy (PDF, 449.39 KB).




Public Register

Compliance policy and procedure



Contact NSW DPI Forestry Policy, Research & Development for advice on new plantations or if you have any concerns regarding plantation operations:


Please include as much details as possible regarding your concern or enquiry.

Plantations authorisations and audit team

Nick Myer Manager Authorisations and Audit Albury 0419 970 627
Brendan Groom Plantations Assessment Officer Coffs Harbour 02 6650 3126
James CrooksPlantations Assessment OfficerMoss Vale0429 774 108
Johanna Kempff Plantations Assessment Officer Wollongbar 0419 478 277