Victorian East Gippsland Regional Forest Agreement

​​​​​The East Gippsland Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) is one of five RFAs in Victoria. The Australian and Victorian governments signed the East Gippsland RFA on 3 February 1997, establishing the framework for the sustainable management of the forests in the East Gippsland RFA region.

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The East Gippsland Land Tenure and Zoning Map (January 1997) PDF [72 KB, 1 page] identifies the extent of the comprehensive adequate and representative reserve system in the East Gippsland 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
MoU for the extension of the Victorian RFAs DOCX 872 KB

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

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Short term extension of the East Gippsland RFA

The Australian and Victorian governments executed an amendment to the East Gippsland RFA on 20 January 2017, extending its expiry from 3 February 2017 to 27 March 2018.

This extension of the agreement for 13 months will line up its expiry with the Central Highlands RFA. It allows the governments to consider the outcomes from the third five-yearly review of Victoria’s RFAs which is expected to be completed by September 2017. It also allows the Victorian Government to consider the advice from the Forest Industry Taskforce on the future management of forests in eastern Victoria.

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Amendment to the East Gippsland RFA (February 2017) PDF3496 KB
Amendment to the East Gippsland RFA (February 2017) DOC328 KB

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Victorian RFAs five-yearly reviews

It is a requirement of the Victorian East Gippsland RFA that its performance is reviewed every five years. The details of the Victorian East Gippsland 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 East Gippsland RFA and continue to underpin the management of forests covered by the agreement.

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Comprehensive Regional Assessment:

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Overview of Assessments – East Gippsland (July 1996) PDF38361 KB
Overview of Assessments – East Gippsland (July 1996) DOC38353 KB

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Directions or Options Report:

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Towards the Regional Forest Agreement – A paper to assist public consultation (October 1996) PDF48120 KB

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Ecologically Sustainable Forest Management Report:

Environment Reports:

Factsheet:

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Information Kit: East Gippsland RFA (3 February 1997) PDF2379 KB
Information Kit: East Gippsland RFA (3 February 1997) DOC238 KB

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Resource Report:

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East Gippsland Victoria: Resource and Economics Report (no date) PDF2211.9 MB
East Gippsland Victoria: Resource and Economics Report (no date) DOC2212.3 MB

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Social and Economic Report:

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Social Assessment Report (no date) PDF105744 KB
Social Assessment Report (no date) DOC1051.0 MB

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Annual Reports