Industry Overview

Australian forests are a valuable, sustainable and renewable resource, providing the raw materials to produce paper and timber products, including everything from housing to toilet paper. The forest management and harvesting sector grows and manages the raw materials for these essential items

While bushfires, climate change and COVID-19 have presented recent challenges to industry, they have also highlighted the need and value of a skilled forest management and harvesting workforce. It has also reaffirmed the importance of Australia producing its own timber and paper products, with an ongoing focus on environmental sustainability and safety.

The Forest Management and Harvesting Industry Reference Committee (IRC), along with the Timber and Wood Processing IRC and Timber Building Solutions IRC, are responsible for national training package qualifications relevant to forest and wood products.

The Forest Management and Harvesting Industry Reference Committee covers the following sectors:

  • Forest Growing and Management
  • Harvesting and Haulage

Download the 2019-20 Year in Review for the Forestry and Timber IndustryFWP stats


Want to know more about the work to improve skills standards for this industry?

Industry trends, challenges and opportunities are gathered through consultation with industry and research. They are documented in Skills Forecasts, which the Australian Industry and Skills Committee considers in order to determine future training package (skill standards) projects. Each project is overseen by the relevant Industry Reference Committee (IRC) and managed by Skills Impact. Click on the menu to the left for more information about the IRC, current projects, Skills Forecasts, as well as current units, skill sets and qualifications within the Training Package.


Note: above statistics refer to the whole Forest and Wood Products Industry. (Source: IBISWorld Industry Wizard, 2020)