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Forestry Industry Council

The Forestry Industry Council is made up of members from industry, contractor and employee associations, and government.

The Forestry Industry Council was established under the Owner Drivers and Forestry Contractors Act 2005.

The Council is responsible for making recommendations to the Minister for Industrial Relations on commercial practices affecting forestry contractors. It advises on:

  • the content of codes of practice, rates and costs schedules, and other information for contractors
  • the development, publication and promotion of model contracts
  • any other matters relevant to harvesting and haulage contracts, and the commercial practices generally engaged in by forestry contractors and hirers in relation to each other

The Forestry Industry Council consists of an independent chairperson and the following nine members appointed by the Minister for Industrial Relations:

  • 1 member nominated by the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (non-voting member)
  • 1 person nominated by the Victorian Association of Forest Industries
  • 1 person nominated by the Australian Forest Products Association
  • 2 persons nominated by the Australian Forest Contractors Association
  • 2 persons nominated by the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union
  • 2 persons nominated by VicForests