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AFS welcomes government support of forest management certification 18-Oct-2017

AUSTRALIAN Forestry Standard Ltd has welcomed the federal government’s assurance that forest certification continues to guarantee the legality of national domestic wood supply. Federal Minister responsible for forestry Senator Anne Ruston has announced that amendmen..

Independent Director Vacancies 21-Aug-2017

AFS has vacant positions for two Independent Directors. Applications close on 30th September 2017 and can be submitted to the Chief executive Officer on [email protected] Further information is found in the position description (/news/Independent Director P..

AFS Bulletin August 2017 09-Aug-2017

Welcome to the August 2017 edition of the AFS Bulletin. Reports include the election of Dr Hans Drielsma as AFS chairman; winner of the AFS national photo competition; the Richard Stanton Memorial Forest Management Award; AFS sustainable message at the Making Cities ..

Clean cities … clean wood. 03-Aug-2017

THE forest industry – and its place in sustainable living – took a pivotal role at the 10th Making Cities Liveable Conference in Brisbane recently where the AFS exhibit explained certification systems, chain of custody programs and forest management practices to d..

Photo among tall sugar pines wins AFS contest for Robyn 03-Jul-2017

“AUSTRALIA’S certified forests are incredibly diverse and the winning entry in a national photo contest highlights the enjoyment they give to visitors from all walks of life.” Australian Forestry Standard CEO Simon Dorries, commenting on the award, said ..

Hans Drielsma elected AFS chair 28-Jun-2017

RESPECTED forester Dr Hans Drielsma has been elected chairman of Australian Forestry Standard Ltd. Dr Drielsma, who has served as interim chairman since the resignation of Kate Carnell AO at the AFS AGM in Sydney last year, was elected at a recent meeting of the AFS board..

AFS Bulletin April 2017 27-Apr-2017

Welcome to the April 2017 edition of the AFS Bulletin. Reports include Private Forests Tasmania’s group certification documentation; group certification considered by cypress sector; AFS at front of sustainability conference; printers support certified paper; ..

Queensland cypress sector considers group certification 27-Apr-2017

PROCESSORS in western Queensland cypress sector are considering a low-cost group chain-of-custody certification scheme following a presentation at Dalby by Australian Forestry Standard CEO Simon Dorries. There are around 2.5 million ha of cypress-dominated forests in..

‘Packaged’ tour tagged with PEFC sustainability label 30-Mar-2017

“DO you wake up and wonder which country you are in?” “Actually, no – not yet anyway,” came the reply in a distinctive Edinburgh burr. Globe-trotting Scottish-born Ben Gunneberg, secretary-general of PEFC International, was in Australia ..

Snap to it! Photo contest will be forest experience 07-Mar-2017

AS governing body for PEFC international in Australia, Australian Forestry Standard Ltd is promoting a nation-wide photo contest, aimed at further raising awareness of the importance of sustainable forest management and certification. AFS CEO Simon Dorries said the contest t..

AFS Bulletin Nov/Dec 2016 09-Dec-2016

Welcome to the November-December 2016 edition of the AFS Bulletin. Reports include the winner of the Richard Stanton Award for Excellence in Forest Management; election of Dr Hans Drielsma as interim chair of AFS Ltd; and the AFS sustainable building in timber seminar in..

Broad mix of stakeholders at AFS Melbourne seminar 07-Dec-2016

Major sponsor of the AFS sustainable building in timber seminar Andrew Morgan, managing director, SFM Environmental Solutions, Battery Point, Tas (second from right), discusses the company’s Hydrowood project with Gary Holmes, sales and marketing manager, Austral Plywoo..

Sustainable Building in Timber Seminar - Pdf files 05-Dec-2016

The presentations delivered at the seminar in Melbourne on November 24 are now available as pdf file, for download. AFS - WS Mid-Rise Timber Building - Nov 2016 (

AFS tops growth of certified forest 29-Nov-2016

THE Australian Forestry Standard scheme with an expansion of more than 16 million ha certified was awarded top prize for growth at the PEFC stakeholder dialogue in Bali in November. This was the highlight of a year when PEFC members smashed records for new areas under forest..

Sustainable Building in Timber Seminar - BOOK NOW 10-Nov-2016

Thanks for your interest in the Sustainable Building in Timber Seminar. Download the flyer with more details here ( Please use TryBooking to register for this seminar. P..

AFS directors get close site view at Barangaroo 02-Nov-2016

AUSTRALIA’S first engineered timber office building at Barangaroo in inner Sydney captivated Australian Forestry Standard directors and industry officials who inspected the complex at close quarters recently during the AFS Ltd AGM. The group was hosted by Andrew Nieland, he..

Devotion to forest management wins AFS Stanton trophy 02-Nov-2016

AN auditor and ‘guardian’ of Tasmania’s scarce but value-rich speciality timbers industry has won the 2016 Richard Stanton Memorial Award for Excellence in Forest Management. Mark Leech is a driving force behind Fine Timber Tasmania, a sustainability-focuse..

Hans Drielsma elected interim chairman of AFS 02-Nov-2016

A RESPECTED forester who played a key role in the development of the Australian Forest Certification Scheme and its endorsement by PEFC has accepted the role of interim chairman of AFS Ltd. Dr Hans Drielsma succeeds Kate Carnell AO who was lauded for her services to Australi..

PEFC Week 2016 - A message from PEFC International 04-Oct-2016

Moving forest certification beyond its boundaries: PEFC Stakeholder Dialogue agenda takes shape Join PEFC in Bali this November as we focus in on forest certification and sustainable supply chains and how these can better deliver impacts within sustainable landscapes..

Sustainable school wins AFS certified timber prize 23-Sep-2016

A SCHOOL redevelopment project in Melbourne that is committed to environmental sustainability has won the Australian Forestry Standard Ltd Certified Timber Award at the Australian Timber Design Awards. The award was presented to Law Architects, Melbourne, for the Woodleigh S..

AFS seminar focuses on sustainable timber building 13-Sep-2016

GOVERNMENT and public building authorities are placing greater emphasis on Australian standards in their regulations to ensure the sustainability, environmental security and legality of products used in the housing and construction industries. “In the world of building..

CoC standard amendment will improve transparency 06-Sep-2016

AN amendment to AS4707 Chain of Custody for Forest Products, approved on September 1, aligns the AFS standard more closely with the PEFC International CoC standard and improves transparency. The amendment clarifies the requirements of the ‘formal claim’ when cert..

AFS Bulletin August 2016 29-Aug-2016

Welcome to the August 2016 edition of the AFS Bulletin. Reports include AFS Ltd’s collaboration with the Australia-Made Campaign and AFS’s exposure at Furnitex 2016 in Brisbane and the SEE Expo in Sydney. Also, details about the Richard Stanton Memorial Award and how ..

AFS joins Aussie-made campaign to help grow businesses and jobs 22-Aug-2016

AUSTRALIAN Forestry Standard Limited has become a campaign associate of the Australian Made Campaign, further reinforcing the organisation’s commitment to promoting locally-sourced, sustainable forests, wood and paper products. AFS owns and manages the Australian..

Claims-of-origin amendment to AS4707 Chain of Custody 22-Aug-2016

THE AFS AS4707 chain-of-custody standard review committee has approved an amendment to the standard. The amendment relates to claims of origin under the PEFC system. Before the amendment, claims of origin under AS4707 could only be made to the AFS system with product describ..

SCS Global accreditation gives access to AFS brand 10-Aug-2016

THIRD-PARTY environmental and sustainability certification provider SCS Global Services has become the first international certification body to be accredited by an overseas accreditation body to AS4707- Chain of Custody. US-based SCS Global Services operates world-wide and ..

Sustainable solutions at SEE Expo in Sydney 10-Aug-2016

Simon Dorries, CEO, Australian Forestry Standard Ltd (left), welcomes Nick Capobianco, regional director, SCS Global Services in Australia and New Zealand, to the AFS stand at last week’s SEE Sustainable Experience Expo in Sydney. More than 2000 people inspected 150 ex..

2016 Richard Stanton Award - Applications now open 01-Aug-2016

Please find attached (/sustainable-forestry/richard stanton award proposal 2016.pdf) information on the 2016 Richard Stanton Award. As you remember, the Award was created in 2015 as a memorial for the late Richard Stanton and the outstanding work work he did in the field of ..

‘Wood is wonderful’ 22-Jul-2016

SELF-confessed lover of wood, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk headed for the Australian Forestry Standard exhibit when she visited Furnitex 2016 in Brisbane recently. Pictured with AFS Ltd CEO Simon Dorries, the Premier remarked on the importance of forest sustainabi..

Due diligence: CoC documentation process 14-Jul-2016

UNDER the Illegal Logging Prohibition Regulation 2012, importers of regulated timber products, and processors of Australian harvested logs, are required to establish and maintain a documented due diligence system. The due diligence system sets out the process by which the importe..

PEFC sharpens focus on Vietnam 14-Jul-2016

WITH a committed government, engaged local stakeholders and a new PEFC support office, Vietnam is well on the road to developing its own national forest certification system in line with PEFC international requirements. “It is fantastic to be here and see the strong desire ..

Forest certification ‘beacon of light’: Tokyo ceremony 28-Jun-2016

• Princess Takamado enters a Japanese forest on a bird-watching mission. FOREST certification was a “beacon of light” in society’s journey towards sustainability, Princess Hisako Takamado of Japan said in at a special ceremony in Tokyo. A member of ..

AFS Bulletin May 2016 10-May-2016

Welcome to the May edition of the AFS Bulletin. Reports include the International Day of Forests dinner, hosted by AFS Ltd, with guest speakers Senator Anne Ruston and PEFC International CEO Ben Gunneberg. Also featured are a summary of the outreach program in Australia and New Z..

AFS Facts Sheet 10-May-2016

What is the main purpose of Australian Forestry Standard Ltd (AFS Ltd)? What does the AS 4708 Sustainable Forest Management standard cover? What is the relationship between AFS and PEFC? Is AFS recognised internationally? This is just a small selection of va..

AFS Invites Comments on amendments to AS4707:2014 Chain of Custody for Forest Products 09-May-2016

AFS Invites Comments on amendments to AS4707:2014 Chain of Custody for Forest Products (/news/Invitation to comment on correction amendment to AS 4707 -2014.pdf) The Australian Forestry Standard invites and welcomes comments on proposed amendments to AS4707. The background and..

Certification has important role: senator 29-Mar-2016

“THE future of the forestry industry will be found in the change of narrative about what the sector does and doesn’t do,” Senator Anne Ruston said at an International Day of Forests celebration dinner in Melbourne on March 21. The dinner, oprganised by Aust..

The real work begins now 29-Mar-2016

“THE real work begins now,” said Ben Gunneberg, CEO of PEFC International, at a special event organised by the New Zealand Institute of Forestry. “Achieving PEFC endorsement of New Zealand forest certification system was the first step, but now the work begins t..

AFS Bulletin March 2016 18-Mar-2016

Welcome to the March edition of the AFS Bulletin. Features include a report on PEFC International CEO Ben Gunneberg’s visit to Australia and New Zealand, and a special ceremony at the National Forester Grove in Albury where a tree was dedicated to the late Richard Stant..

Ben sets high standard on busy Down Under visit 18-Mar-2016

CEO and Secretary-General of the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Ben Gunneberg hit the ground running when he landed on Australian soil last week. In just 11 days he engaged with a wide section of key industry stakeholders including company CEOs, fores..

Extra funding for CoC certification 14-Mar-2016

QUEENSLAND forest and timber businesses that need to upgrade Australian Forestry Standard chain-of-custody certification can now apply for $2500 funding assistance through the state government and Timber Queensland CoC support scheme. Businesses that obtained AFS certific..

VicForests re-certified on sustainability by AFS 29-Feb-2016

VICFORESTS has been successfully re-certified to the Australian Standard for Sustainable Forest Management for the ninth year running. The Australian Forestry Standard (AFS) is a certification that provides consumers with the assurance that the timber products they are buying com..

Differences and similarities between the PEFC and FSC forest certification systems 26-Feb-2016

Promoting Sustainable Forest Management Around The World Published by PEFC UK on 7 January 2016 Promoting Sustainable Forest Management Around the World seeks to explain the differences and similarities between the PEFC and FSC forest certification systems Promot..

Senator Ruston and PEFC CEO guests at AFS March 21 dinner 11-Feb-2016

The Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Forestry Senator Anne Ruston will be guest speaker at the Australian Forestry Standard Ltd dinner in Melbourne on March 21 – the International Day of Forests. The dinner will feature an address by Ben Gunneberg, CEO and secreta..

Editorial Updates to Chain of Custody Standard (PEFC ST 2002:2013) 01-Feb-2016

PEFC International has released the 2nd edition of "Chain of Custody of Forest Based Products – Requirements" (

China opts for national forest standard 27-Jan-2016

THE Chinese government is enacting immediately its new national forest certification regulations, recognising PEFC and requiring all forest products to be certified against national standards. These rules set out the scope, framework, and requirements for all forest certification..

Forester’s work on PEFC recognised 27-Jan-2016

A RESPECTED and devoted forester who helped with the endorsement of the PEFC certification scheme in New Zealand in December has been awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year’s Honours List. Congratulating Dr Andrew McEwen on the award, Simon Dorries, CEO, Aus..

AFS certification system celebrated in Switzerland 17-Dec-2015

AUSTRALIAN Forestry Standard Ltd CEO Simon Dorries accepted the certificate of re-endorsement of the national forestry standard certification system from PEFC chairman Bill Sweet at the PEFC General Assembly in Switzerland last week. PEFC CEO Ben Gunneberg took part in the ..

PEFC adopts NZ forest program of certification 14-Dec-2015

PEFC, the world’s leading forest certification scheme, this week endorsed the New Zealand Forest Certification Scheme during a round of meetings in Geneva. “We are delighted to be the 37th national scheme endorsed by PEFC and to be able to offer this scheme to New..

AFS Bulletin November 2015 20-Nov-2015

Welcome to the November edition of the AFS Bulletin. Features include a visit next year to Australia by PEFC CEO Ben Gunneberg and selected photos from the Richard Stanton tribute dinner in Melbourne. Enjoy the read... ..

Richard Stanton award presented to ecologist at Forestry Tasmania 03-Nov-2015

• Senator Anne Ruston, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Forestry (third from left) presents the Australian Forestry Standard Ltd’s inaugural Richard Stanton Memorial Trophy for Excellence in Sustainable Forest Management to Dr Marie Yee of Forestry Tasmania...

Compliance: Queensland plantation code launched 09-Sep-2015

QUEENSLAND timber plantation owners and operators can now access the Timber Plantation Operations Code of Practice for Queensland, a guide that outlines how to comply with all laws and with accepted principles for sound plantation management. Timber Queensland CEO Rod McInnes..

Forests certification HIGH on agenda at plantations briefing 09-Sep-2015

SUSTAINABLE forest management, certification, research, fauna protection and new log-flow monitoring technologies were high on the agenda for those who gathered for a briefing last week at Wild Horse Mountain, 124 m above Beerburrum’s plantation estate. The inspection o..

AFS award pays tribute to Richard Stanton 08-Sep-2015

INDUSTRY will pay tribute to a man who devoted his life to sustainable forest management in Australia and internationally at an all-industry dinner in Melbourne next month. The inaugural Richard Stanton Memorial Award for Excellence will be presented at the dinner, ..

AFS Bulletin August 2015 28-Aug-2015

Welcome to the 'new look' August edition of the AFS Bulletin. We look back at the last few of months of what has been happening at AFS and PEFC, both at home and abroad. Enjoy the read... ..

Directive to Notified Certification Bodies providing Chain of custody certification to AS 4707 05-Aug-2015

This Directive is for all Notified Certification Bodies providing Chain of Custody Certification to AS 4707 and relates to the verification of the use of the PEFC logos. AS 4707:2014 provides specific requirements for the use of the Australian Forestry Standard logos unde..

Belarusian Forest Certification System open for public consultation 01-Jun-2015

The Belarusian Forest Certification Scheme is seeking PEFC re-endorsement for the first time and stakeholders globally are invited to provide feedback on its compliance with PEFC International's Sustainability Benchmarks by 6 July 2015. The Republican Association of Fores..

Japanese Forest Certification Scheme open for public consultation 01-Jun-2015

Japan's Sustainable Green Ecosystem Council (SGEC) has applied for the endorsement and mutual recognition of the Japanese Forest Certification System by PEFC. Stakeholders globally are invited to provide feedback on its compliance with PEFC International's Sustainability Benchmar..

PEFC re-endorses Australian Forest Certification Scheme 01-Jun-2015

Australia's national forest certification system, the Australian Forest Certification Scheme, has achieved PEFC re-endorsement for the second time. This not only confirms that the Australian Forest Certification Scheme continues to meet PEFC's globally recognised Sustainability B..

Simon Dorries commences with AFS Ltd 01-Jun-2015

The Chair and Board of AFS Ltd warmly welcome Simon Dorries, who recently commenced as Chief Executive. With over 30 years experience in the wood product industry, Simon is well regarded as a leading international expert in the manufacture, quality control and product cer..

Dr Hans Drielsma awarded Norman W. Jolly Medal 13-May-2015

Australian Forestry Standard Ltd (AFS Ltd) congratulates Dr Hans Drielsma who was awarded the Norman W. Jolly Medal at the 8th Joint Conference of The Institute of Foresters of Australia and the New Zealand Institute of Forestry recently held in Creswick, Victoria. The No..

AFS Ltd Appoints New CEO 15-Apr-2015

Kate Carnell AO, Independent Director and Chair of Australian Forestry Standard Ltd, announced today that Simon Dorries has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Australian Forestry Standard Ltd. The appointment has been made following a comprehensive recruitment p..