New South Wales Regional Forest Agreements: first five-yearly review

​​​ It is a requirement of each New South Wales Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) that its performance is reviewed every five years to provide an assessment of progress made with the RFAs, and includes:

  • the extent to which milestones and obligations have been met, including the management of the National Estate
  • the results of monitoring the sustainability indicators, and
  • inviting public comments on the performance of the RFAs.

The New South Wales Environment Protection Authority provides further details on the RFA reviews.

Scoping Agreement

The first five-yearly review of the New South Wales RFAs formally commenced in February 2008 with the signing of the Scoping Agreement. The Scoping Agreement set out the arrangements agreed by the New South Wales and Australian governments for undertaking the review:

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First Review of Progress with Implementation of the NSW Regional Forest Agreements – Scoping Agreement PDF 22194 KB

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The Scoping Agreement provides that the three NSW RFAs will be reviewed simultaneously. The review covers the first period from the date the RFAs were signed for the ensuing five years, i.e. 1999-2004 for the Eden RFA, 2000-2005 for the North East RFA and 2001-2006 for the Southern RFA.

Report on Progress and public consultation period

In accordance with the Scoping Agreement, a report on progress in implementing the three New South Wales RFAs has been prepared by the New South Wales and Australian governments:

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Draft Report on Progress with Implementation of the New South Wales Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) North East RFA, Eden RFA, Southern RFA (May 2009) PDF 2692.3 MB

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Stakeholders and members of the community had the opportunity to comment on the Report on Progress, from Tuesday 23 June 2009 to Monday 7 September 2009. The commencement of the public submission period was marked by a joint media release by the Hon. Tony Burke MP and the Hon. Carmel Tebbutt MP, and public notices in Sydney and regional newspapers in the first week of July 2009.

Publicly available submissions

During the review process, 32 submissions were received commenting on the Draft Report on Progress with Implementation of the New South Wales Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs). Eighteen of the submitters granted permission to have their submissions made publicly available on this website.

These submissions were not prepared by the department and may not meet Australian Government accessibility guidelines. If you require an accessible version of a submission, please contact its author

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Anonymous submission 1 PDF 21 KB
Anonymous submission 2 PDF 17724 KB
South East Forest Rescue PDF 52724 KB
James L. O. Tedder PDF 11.1 MB
Ourimbah Community Inc PDF 161 KB
Skye Etherington PDF 21 KB
Lorraine Bower PDF 31.1 MB
Friends of the Five Forests PDF 21503 KB
Vince Phillips PDF 41 KB
Terrence Digwood PDF 34428 KB
Canopy Native Forest Committee Total Environment Centre PDF 31 KB
Peter Mitchell PDF 270 KB
Colong Foundation PDF 71 KB
NSW Young Lawyers’ Environmental Law Committee PDF 191 KB
Environmental Defender’s Office (EDO) PDF 91.1 MB
South East Region Conservation Alliance PDF 7361 KB
The Coastwatchers Association PDF 51 KB
Matthew Sparks PDF 71 KB

Independent Assessor’s report

An Independent Assessor was appointed to review the Draft Report on Progress with Implementation of the New South Wales Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) as well as the 32 public submissions received as part of the review. In November 2009, the Independent Assessor provided to the governments a final report, which includes a summary of issues raised in all of the public submissions.

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Final Report on Progress with Implementation of NSW Regional Forest Agreements: Report of Independent Assessor PDF 68444 KB
Final Report on Progress with Implementation of NSW Regional Forest Agreements: Report of Independent Assessor DOC 68526 KB
Map 1 – Upper North East NSW Region PDF 11.3 MB
Map 2 – North East Region PDF 11.3 MB
Map 3 – Southern NSW PDF 11.3 MB
Map 4 – Eden PDF 1952 KB

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On 15 March 2010, the Independent Assessor’s report was tabled in the Australian Parliament. As a consequence of the review, the Independent Assessor provided 18 recommendations for the Australian and New South Wales governments to consider in the ongoing implementation of the three RFAs.

Joint Government response to the Independent Assessor’s report

The New South Wales and Australian governments produced a Joint Government response to the Independent Assessor’s report:

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Joint Australian and New South Wales Government Response to the Final Report on Progress with Implementation of the NSW Regional Forest Agreements: Report of the Independent Assessor February (2014) PDF 522.2 MB
Joint Australian and New South Wales Government Response to the Final Report on Progress with Implementation of the NSW Regional Forest Agreements: Report of the Independent Assessor (February 2014) DOC 52508 KB

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On 30 October 2014, the Joint Government response was tabled in the House of Representatives of the Australian Parliament. This formally concludes the review process.​