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Annual Reports

Private Forests Tasmanian Annual Reports include statements on our financial activity and performance outcomes.

Annual Reports for the past seven years can be found below.

If you wish to review Annual Reports from previous not listed please contact us.

Forest Safety Code

The Forest Safety Code provides contemporary safety measures to help protect and improve the safety of those working within Tasmania's forestry industry, as well as meeting current work health and safety laws.

The updated code comes into effect on March 2, 2022.

Visit WorkSafe Tasmania for additional information.

Read more on the updating of the Code here.

Five Year Resource Review

Under section 6 of the Private Forests Act 1994, a function of PFT is to prepare a five-yearly review of the private forest estate to assist industry in identifying opportunities for growth and developing long term marketing opportunities.

The Report is available for public information.

Biomass and bioenergy

Bioenergy has become an attractive, cost-effective energy alternative to gas and electricity. Bioenergy is usually generated from organic waste from agricultural, municipal, industrial and forestry sources that would otherwise add pressure to waste processing facilities or the environment. The bioenergy process allows these sectors to turn waste into a saleable product, which supports local economies and employment.

The Tasmanian Government’s Energy Strategy recognises the current and potential future role for bioenergy in Tasmania, and in 2018 the Tasmanian Wood Encouragement Policy was introduced to incentivise the generation of bioenergy from forestry residues.

There are two main forms of bioenergy; combustion and anaerobic digestion (AD). These processes can produce energy to make heat (e.g. steam, hot water), electricity and even provide cooling. Bioenergy can be used in industrial processes, to manage the temperature in buildings and supply base load electricity to the grid.

Large scale combustion of waste in furnaces is now a viable energy source for commercial and industrial applications. Dry biomass such as wood, agricultural, municipal and other wastes can be burned in a boiler to generate energy.

Damp organic waste materials can be transformed into energy in anaerobic digesters. In AD, bacteria transforms wet waste into biogas in an oxygen deficient environment. Biogas can be used in place of natural gas from the grid to fire boilers. Biogas can also be generated from high organic content waste waters.


Planting commercially viable trees is a good way to improve the carbon balance because the harvested product is usually locked up in timber and other fibrous materials on a permanent basis. There are two ways to address rising atmospheric CO2: reducing emissions and absorbing and storing CO2. Trees and wood products can do both. When trees grow, they actively absorb carbon from the atmosphere and store it as wood. When wood from sustainably managed sources is used in place of other materials such as metal, concrete and plastic, that return more CO2 to the atmosphere over their lifecycle, there are also carbon emission reduction benefits. The trees can then be replanted, and the cycle starts again.

Apart from these climate benefits, as a tree grower you can obtain significant assistance in the form of a rebate via the Federal Government’s Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF).  To access this you are often best served by working with a professional organisation who are equipped to manage the mapping and accounting necessary to satisfy the regulators.

Good Neighbour Protocol

The Tasmanian Forest Manager’s Good Neighbour Protocol was launched in May 2019 and reviewed in May 2020, 12 months after its launch.

The Good Neighbour Protocol is an industry initiative to guarantee neighbours of forest growers will be treated with dignity and respect.

The objectives of the protocol include promoting constructive cooperation and exchange of information between neighbouring landowners, while proactively managing shared concerns such as fire, weeds and boundary fencing.

If you would like to engage in relation to the land management practices of a subscriber to the Good Neighbour Protocol, please contact the following Tasmanian Forest Managers subscribed:

Sustainable Timber Tasmania (03) 6169 2800
Forico Pty Limited (03) 6335 5201
SFM Forest Products (03) 622 335 36
Pentarch Forestry (03) 64 307 333
Timberlands Pacific Pty Ltd (03) 6345 3200
Norske Skog Paper Mills (Australia) Ltd (03) 6261 0184
Reliance Forest Fibre (03) 6382 3499
AKS Forest Solutions Pty Ltd 0419 573 205
AKS Forest Management Services Pty Ltd 0419 363 506

The protocol is endorsed by

Tasmanian Forests and Forest Products Network (TFFPN)
Private Forests Tasmania (PFT)
Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association (TFGA)
Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT)

Plantation Insurance

Plantation trees are valuable and increase in value over their lifetime.  Plantation trees are also susceptible to mortality and damage from natural disturbances such as wildfire.  Hence, plantation insurance is available, and you may want to consider this insurance, especially before the next fire season to ensure your plantation is covered not only for its value, but also for potential clean-up costs.

Plantation insurance can provide protection for plantations and timber stacked during harvesting against damage from fire, lightning, explosion and windstorms.  Cover is also available for removal of debris and re-establishment costs.

Forest insurance is a specialised service offered by only a few insurers, but your own insurance broker may be able to assist and would be worthwhile contacting.

Be aware that there are set dates each year (often well before the summer season) by which insurance policies must be arranged.

Refer to Directory of Tasmanian Forestry Services for a list of plantation insurers known to Private Forests Tasmania or visit the IFA Website for additional information.



The integration of forestry operations into farm forestry in Tasmania is well accepted however, farm forestry is a small component of the overall forest industry.  A review of Appropriate technologies for small-scale forest harvesting have been developed by Private Forests Tasmania who  have collated an internal compendium publication which is available upon request by emailing