Reforming Australia’s illegal logging regulations

​Please note: The Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) consultation process has now closed.
For further information on the RIS process, please email Illegal Logging


Building on the findings of the earlier KPMG led “Independent review of the impacts of the illegal logging regulations on small business ”, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is looking at options for reforming the ‘due diligence’ requirements of Australia’s illegal logging laws.

Consultation paper – feedback sought

On 16 November 2016 , the department published a consultation paper which outlines potential options for changing the Illegal Logging Prohibition Regulation 2012 (the Regulation). These options seek to improve the trade-off between the cost of complying with the ‘due diligence’ requirements and the risk of illegally logged timber entering the Australian market. The consultation paper is intended to inform stakeholder discussion and feedback on the potential reforms, which may significantly change how businesses and individuals carry out due diligence on imported timber products and domestically grown raw logs.

Having your say

The department welcomes submissions from a range of domestic and international stakeholders on the options discussed in the consultation paper.

Feedback received as part of this process will help the department to develop a final Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) document, which will be considered by the Australian Government in early 2017.

Submissions can be made by email to Illegal logging, or by post to:

Illegal Logging Reform
Forestry Branch
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
GPO Box 858, CANBERRA ACT 2601

Additional information about making a submission (including your rights and how your submission will be handled by the department) can be found in Section 2 of the consultation paper. ​