The NSW and Australian governments are working to improve and renew Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) across NSW. RFAs are 20-year plans between State and Australian governments for the sustainable management and conservation of Australia’s native forests.
There are three Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) in NSW: Eden (expiring on 26 August 2019); North East (expiring on 31 March 2020); and Southern (expiring on 24 April 2021).
As part of the extension of these RFAs, the NSW and Australian governments sought comment on potential changes and improvements to the RFAs. This consultation coincided with a review by the NSW Environmental Protection Authority on how we are tracking in implementing the existing RFAs.
This provides our stakeholders with a full picture on how we are performing in implementing the existing agreements, while at the same time what the future holds for these agreements, and how we can learn from our experience over the past 20 years.
The NSW and Australian governments are committed to working closely with all parties in getting the balance right in the long term management of our forest resources.
The NSW and Australian Governments sought the views of all stakeholders on further improvements to the sustainable management of NSW native forests and the extension of NSW Regional Forest Agreements for a further 20 year term. Consultation included a public submissions process from 24 January until 12 March, as well as a series of stakeholder meetings and community drop in sessions across the state throughout February 2018.
The consultation is now complete and all feedback is being carefully reviewed. Information about the submissions will be available on the NSW DPI website in due course.
The Independent Review was tabled in the Commonwealth Parliament on 25 June 2018 and makes 16 recommendations to improve the delivery of the Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) in NSW. A comprehensive joint NSW and Australian governments’ response to the review is being prepared, outlining how these recommendations will be addressed.