Victorian Central Highlands Regional Forest Agreement

​The Central Highlands Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) is one of five RFAs in Victoria. The Australian and Victorian governments signed the Central Highlands RFA on 27 March 1998, establishing the framework for the sustainable management of the forests in the Central Highlands RFA region.

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The Central Highlands Land Tenure and Zoning Map (March 1998) PDF [5.8 MB, 1 page] identifies the extent of the comprehensive adequate and representative reserve system in the Central Highlands RFA region.

Memorandum of Understanding for extension of the Victorian RFAs

On 5 May 2018, the Victorian and Australian governments signed a Memorandum of Understanding to ensure that long term extensions and updates to the Victorian RFA framework can be agreed by 31 March 2020.

Both governments have committed to working towards 20-year extensions of Victoria’s RFAs to come into effect from March 2020 that have regard to the outcomes of further assessments and the engagement processes which are set out in the MoU.

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MoU for the extension of the Victorian RFAs PDF 81.17 MB
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Extension of the East Gippsland, Central Highlands and North East RFAs

On 26 March 2018, the Australian and Victorian governments extended the timeframe of three Victorian RFAs - the East Gippsland, Central Highlands and North East - to 31 March 2020.

This will line up the expiry dates for all five Victorian RFAs and allow the governments to adequately consider the independent reviewer’s report on the third five yearly review of the Victorian RFAs, undertake public consultation, prepare further detailed assessments of RFA matters and negotiate modernised 20 year agreements for all five RFAs.

The Amendment documents for the Central Highlands RFA can be accessed below. The amendments for the East Gippsland and North East RFAs can be accessed from their respective pages at the following:

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Victorian RFAs five-yearly reviews

It is a requirement of the Victorian Central Highlands RFA that its performance is reviewed every five years. The details of the Victorian Central Highlands RFA review process is outlined in the agreement.

The Victorian Government has reported on its five RFAs collectively:

Historical Publications

Many historical publications informed the development of the Central Highlands RFA and continue to underpin the management of forests covered by the agreement.

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Comprehensive Regional Assessment:

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Victorian Central Highlands Comprehensive Regional Assessment Report (June 1997) PDF 2812.9 MB

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Directions or Options Report:

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Central Highlands: Regional Forest Agreement Directions Report (September 1997) PDF 81199 KB

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Ecologically Sustainable Forest Management Report:

Environment Reports:

Factsheet:

Resource Report:

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Central Highlands: Minerals Assessment Report (July 1997) PDF 108502 KB

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Annual Reports: