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Forest audits

Each year, we complete an independent environmental audit to assess VicForests’ timber harvesting operations against the Code of Practice for Timber Production 2014.  

The purpose of the Forest Audit Program is to create an environment of continuous improvement to timber harvesting practices and regulation.

We also use the findings of independent audits to inform targets for the proactive Coupe Inspection Program and future environmental audits. 

The published audit reports and formal responses to the auditor’s recommendations from VicForests and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, enhance the transparency of Victoria’s forest management arrangements.  

Find previous audits on the Environment, Land, Water and Planning website

Report into the 2019/20 Forest Audit Program

The 2019/20 audit examined 30 copes across Victoria that were harvested during the 2018/19 financial year, including 15 coupes located in Western Victoria.

Report into the 2018/19 Forest Audit Program

The 2018/19 audit examined 30 coupes across Eastern Victoria that were harvested during the 2017/18 financial year. This audit also examined the regeneration and rehabilitation of 10 coupes in Eastern Victoria harvested prior to 2017/18.

Acquittal of audit recommendations, and overall environmental conformance – Forest Audit Program 2015/16 – 2019/20

The Conservation Regulator has conducted an acquittal of the status of audit recommendations, resulting from independent audits conducted from 2015/16 to 2019/20 as well as a year-on-year summary of conformance the regulatory framework for timber harvesting activities in Victoria’s State forests across this period has also been completed.

Reviewed 15 June 2021

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