The Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) is a bilateral agreement between the Tasmanian and Australian governments, first signed on 8 November 1997. It is a framework document that is underpinned by Tasmania’s forest management system (including legislation, policies, codes, plans and management practices).
The RFA covers both public and privately owned forests, and provides for:
the long term stability of forests and forest industries
a comprehensive, adequate and representative reserve system (CAR reserve system)
the ongoing ecologically sustainable management and use of forested areas in Tasmania.
The Australian Government's RFA website provides a history of the RFA.
Whole-of-Government co-ordination for the Tasmanian RFA is provided by the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania.
Annual Meeting of Officials
The Tasmanian RFA Annual Meeting of Officials is held in the years between the five-yearly reviews, as part of the Australian and Tasmanian governments’ commitment to strengthened communications under the extended Tasmanian RFA. A communique from the most recent meeting on 7 July 2022 is available to view on the Australian Government's website.