Update - Reforms to the illegal logging laws (February 2018)
In October 2017, the government announced several reforms to the Illegal Logging Prohibition Regulation 2012. These were intended to streamline and clarify the Regulation’s due diligence requirements. The key reform was the establishment of a new 'deemed to comply' arrangement for products certified under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Programme for Endorsement Certification (PEFC) schemes.
On 8 February 2018, the ‘deemed to comply’ arrangement was debated in the Australian Senate and the associated amendments were disallowed. This means the new streamlined ‘deemed to comply’ arrangement for FSC and PEFC products will no longer be implemented. Parties dealing with FSC and PEFC products will still need to carry out the full due diligence process described in the Regulation.
Further information about the due diligence requirements is available at Illegal Logging – Guidance for Importers and Illegal Logging – Guidance for Processors.
2017 Regulation Impact Statement
In October 2017, the Australian Government published the ‘Reforming Australia’s illegal logging regulations’ - Regulation Impact Statement (RIS). The RIS aimed to remove unnecessary costs on the regulated community from the due diligence requirements of the Illegal Logging Prohibition Regulation 2012 (the Regulation).
The RIS examined six options to improve the operation of the Regulation:
- The 'status quo'
- Changing the consignment value threshold
- Removing personal imports
- Deemed to comply arrangements for timber legality frameworks
- Deemed to comply arrangements for Country or State Specific Guidelines
- Deemed to comply arrangements for low-risk countries
Two of these options were recommended by the 2015 KMPG led Independent review of the impacts of the illegal logging regulations on small business.
The RIS was informed by public consultation undertaken in late 2016. Forty-six stakeholders provided submissions.
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