Review of Australian Forestry Standard (AS4708)
The second public comment period for the revision of AS4708 (The Australian Forestry Standard) closed on 1 October 2012. More than 25 submissions were received and these will now be analysed and considered by the Standard Review Committee (SRC) which is scheduled to meet in early November 2012. The Committee will revise the previous draft of the Standards as considered necessary in light of the comments received to produce a 'ballot version' of the Standard. A ballot will then be held to determine whether the Committee has reached a consensus in accordance with the procedures.
The length of time to complete this process will depend on the nature of the submissions and the Committee's deliberations but it is hoped that consensus will be achieved by early 2013.
For more information about the revision of the Australian Standard for Sustainable Forest Management email Standards-Revision@forestrystandard.org.au.