Plantation forestry

NSW DPI Forest Research & Policy works 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 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 is undertaken in accordance with the forest compliance and auditing policy.



Contact NSW DPI Forest Research & Policy for advice on new plantations.


Plantation assessment unit

Nick Myer Senior Plantation Officer 02 6051 7711
James Crooks Plantation Officer 02 4877 3208
Brendan Groom Plantation Officer 02 6650 3126
Johanna Kempff Plantation Officer 02 6626 1105