Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement (RFA)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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).

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The RFA covers both public and p​rivately 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 revi​ews, 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.​


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