New South Wales Regional Forest Agreements

​​​​​​​​The three Regional Forest Agreements in New South Wales were signed by the State of New South Wales and the Commonwealth of Australia (the Parties) on:

The NSW RFAs established a 20 year framework for the management and use of New South Wales major forested regions to implement effective forest conservation, forest management and forest industry practices. The purpose of the NSW RFAs was to:

  • identify a comprehensive, adequate and representative (CAR) reserve system and provide for the conservation of those areas
  • provide for the ecologically sustainable forest management (ESFM) and use of forests
  • provide long-term stability of forests and forest-based industries.

New South Wales RFA five-yearly reviews

It is a requirement of the New South Wales RFAs that its performance is reviewed every five years. The details of the New South Wales RFA review process is outlined in each agreement:

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

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

A combined second and third five-yearly review (2004–2014) of the New South Wales RFA is underway.

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Combined second and third five-yearly review (2004-2014)

The purpose of the review is to assess progress against the milestones and commitments in the New South Wales RFAs, for the reporting period 2004-2014.

This covers the:

  • second five-yearly review period (2004-2009)
  • third five-yearly review period (2009-2014).

Scoping Agreement

The New South Wales RFA combined second and third five-yearly review formally commenced in December 2016 with the signing of the Scoping Agreement by Senator the Hon. Anne Ruston, Australian Government Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources and the Hon. Mark Speakman SC MP, New South Wales Minister for the Environment. The Scoping Agreement sets out the arrangements agreed by the New South Wales and Australian governments for undertaking the review of the three New South Wales RFAs simultaneously.

Read the Scoping Agreement for the review of progress with implementation of the New South Wales Regional Forest Agreements: Second and Third Five-Yearly Review.

Implementation Report

In accordance with the Scoping Agreement, a report on progress in implementing the three New South Wales RFAs (implementation report) is being prepared by the New South Wales and Australian governments. The implementation report will detail the extent to which milestones, obligations and commitments in the New South Wales RFAs, and responses to recommendations from the first five-yearly review, have been met for the reporting period 2004-2014.

Public consultation period

There will be an eight-week public consultation period, expected to commence in 2017, seeking submissions on both the implementation report and potential extension of the New South Wales RFAs.

First five-yearly review (1999-2004)

The purpose of the review was to assess progress against the milestones and commitments in the New South Wales RFAs, for the reporting period 1999-2004.

Scoping Agreement

New South Wales and Commonwealth Governments, 2008

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.

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.

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First Review of Progress with Implementation of the NSW Regional Forest Agreements – Scoping Agreement PDF 21194 KB

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Report on Progress and public consultation period

Department of Environment and Climate Change NSW, 2009

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.

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.

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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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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.

To promote equitable access to the public submissions, they may have been re-formatted to allow electronic screen readers to view them. This may have resulted in changes to the appearance of some submissions. Original submissions received by the governments were provided to the Independent Assessor.

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Anonymous 1 PDF 243 KB
Anonymous 2 PDF 17724 KB
South East Forest Rescue PDF 52724 KB
J. L. O. Tedder PDF 11.1 MB
Ourimbah Community Inc PDF 161 KB
Skye Etherington PDF 266 KB
Lorraine Bower PDF 31.1 MB
Friends of the Five Forests PDF 21503 KB
Vince Phillips PDF 437 KB
Terrence Digwood PDF 34428 KB
Canopy Native Forest Committee Total Environment Centre PDF 354 KB
Peter Mitchell PDF 270 KB
Colong Foundation PDF 7107 KB
NSW Young Lawyers' Environmental Law Committee PDF 19174 KB
Environmental Defender’s Office (EDO) PDF 91.1 MB
South East Region Conservation Alliance PDF 7361 KB
Coastwatchers Association PDF 5144 KB
Matthew Sparks PDF 7189 KB

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Independent Assessor’s report

Independent Assessor, 2009

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 DOCX 68526 KB

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Download attachments to the Independent Assessor’s report

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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

Commonwealth and New South Wales Governments, 2014

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

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

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New South Wales RFAs: state-wide historical publications

​​Many historical publications informed the development of the three Regional Forest Agreements in New South Wales. The following list of state-wide historical publications supplement the comprehensive list of historical publications available for the New South Wales Eden, North East and Southern Regional Forest Agreements.

State-wide historical publications

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