Certification and Compliance
Certification provides consumers with a guarantee that the wood products they buy come from sustainable forestry practices. It confirms that the timber used to make those products comes from sustainably managed forests using operations that comply with independently assessed, global benchmarks.
Certification is voluntary and only 10% of the world's forests are certified. There are two major certification schemes worldwide: the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
VicForests' operations are certified under the nationally endorsed Australian Forestry Standard (AFS) which has been specifically developed for Australia’s forests and is internationally recognised by the PEFC – the world’s largest forest certification scheme.
As part of our commitment to sustainable forest management we are also a member of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
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VicForests is open to scrutiny of its operations to demonstrate compliance with its Sustainable Forest Management System and associated regulatory requirements.
VicForests is regularly audited as part of its certification to the Australian Forestry Standard; VicForests’ finances are audited by the Victorian Auditor General’s Office and operations are audited by the Department of Environment and Primary Industries through the Forest Audit Program.
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