The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is responsible for administering the Illegal Logging Act 2012 and the Illegal Logging Prohibition Regulation 2012.
Compliance assessments are undertaken by the department with a view to raise awareness and educate the regulated community on how to comply.
In March 2015, we began assessing how businesses are complying with the regulatory requirements.
The department will continue with these assessments in 2017. Businesses contacted will receive a Request for Information Notice, which asks them to provide information about their due diligence practices and how they are applied. Businesses are asked to respond by the date stated on the Notice.
We will then provide feedback to the businesses about where their due diligence practices meet the requirements and where improvements (if any) are required to ensure future compliance.
Penalties for non-compliance do not currently apply
The department initially announced an 18 month ‘soft-start’ compliance period to run from 30 November 2014 to 30 May 2016. During this period no penalties were to be issued in regard to the due diligence requirements and our efforts would be focussed on education to foster voluntary compliance.
This ‘soft-start’ compliance period will continue until any amendments arising from the current review of the illegal logging regulations have commenced. We are not currently issuing businesses with penalties if their practices do not meet the existing due diligence requirements.
During this period, it is important to note that businesses still need to respond to any requests for information from the department, compliance feedback and to change any due diligence practices that don’t comply.
We will also act if we become aware of serious and deliberate breaches of the legislation. More information on compliance with the laws, associated penalties and the departments approach to monitoring compliance is available below in the Illegal Logging Compliance Plan 2016-2017.
We recognise that some entities may need further assistance to adjust their practices to meet the requirements.
If you would like to volunteer for an assessment of your due diligence practices, please contact us by email at illegal logging compliance providing your business contact details.
The department is here to help you comply with the illegal logging laws. Taking part in a voluntary assessment will allow us to provide you with feedback on your practices and where any potential improvements can be made.
What to do if your business is approached for an assessment
If you are sent a Request for Information Notice, you will need to prepare a response and provide it to us by the date outlined on the Notice.
The Notice will state which business has been selected for the assessment and also lists the type of information you will need to provide us.
Further compliance related information
Compliance advice notices are issued by the department as common issues and advice is identified. These notices outline what the department considers to be acceptable practise for specific situations.
A report has been prepared by the compliance division outlining findings from our initial assessments in 2015/2016.
The department has also released our compliance plan and statement which outline the department’s approach to managing compliance with the illegal logging requirements in 2017.
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For further information on how the laws operate and whether they affect your business, you can contact the department via:
phone the department during business hours on 1800 657 313 or if outside of Australia +61 2 6272 3933
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