• Australian Standards®

    Committees of experts from industry, governments, consumers and other relevant sectors prepare Australian Standard® brand standards. These Standards reflect the latest scientific and industry experience and are consistently reviewed, taking into account changing technology.


    Compliance with the Australian Forestry Standard (AS 4708) and the Chain of Custody Standard (AS 4707) is carried out by independent, JAS-ANZ accredited certification bodies. Certification bodies also undertake surveillance and periodic re-assessment audits ensuring continued compliance.

  • PEFC

    Dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management through independent third-party certification, PEFC is the world's largest forest certification scheme. AFS Ltd is the PEFC National Governing Body for Australia and administers the PEFC scheme and licensing the use of the PEFC logo in Australia.

    Latest News

    Vale Richard Stanton 02-Feb-2015

    The Directors of Australian Forestry Standard Ltd are deeply saddened to inform you of the unexpected death of their CEO and National Secretary, Richard Stanton. Richard was severely injured in an early morning cycling accident on Thursday in Canberra and died on Saturday..

    New Zealand forests gain international visibility 29-Jan-2015

    With the acceptance of the NZ Forest Certification Association (NZFCA) as New Zealand's PEFC Member, New Zealand forest growers gain visibility in the world's leading forest certification system. "We are delighted to be accepted into membership of PEFC and to represent PEFC i..

    Australians demand certification and they recognise and trust the AFS logo 09-Dec-2014

    Consumers trust certification labels and expect companies to label sustainably produced products. That's the message from the first PEFC Global Consumer Survey which found 81% of consumers globally want companies sourcing certified material from sustainably managed forests to..

Revised chain of custody standard published

The revised Australian Standard® for Chain of custody for forest products has been published, ensuring it is up to date and consistent with international best practice.

Certification bodies can continue to issue certificates against AS 4707:2006 until 31 December 2014. From 1 January 2015 all new chain of custody certificates must be issued against AS 4707:2014.

Existing certified clients may choose, following the publication of AS 4707:2014, to be audited against either AS 4707:2014 or AS 4707:2006. Transition from AS 4707:2006 to AS 4707:2014 may occur during a surveillance audit. If the client chooses to be audited to AS 4707:2006 a transition plan must be discussed with the audit team and described in the audit report.

All clients should comply with AS 4707:2014 by 31 December 2015. READ MORE

Australian Forestry Standards Certifications

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Recently launched during PEFC Forest Certification Week, the PEFC Collaboration Fund 2015 is now accepting applications. PEFC members and other non-profit organisations are encouraged to submit applications for new and innovative projects before the competition deadline of 4 April 2015. Since the Collaboration Fund was first launched in 2011, 21 projects have been funded, with PEFC investing 450,000 CHF and leveraging around 350,000 CHF of additional co-funding into a wide range of projects located around the globe, from developing a traceability system to track mushrooms from the forest to the plate in Spain to an online system assisting small forest owners gain certification in the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands.  To find out more or to download an application see the PEFC website.