The Victorian Government understands the importance Victorian communities place on protecting the environment and is taking action to strengthen the protection of forests and wildlife for the benefit all Victorians now and well into the future.
In 2018, at the request of the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) commissioned an independent review of timber harvesting regulations. This was to ensure that environmental, cultural and economic values of State forests are protected and enhanced for future generations. The review panel developed a report outlining 14 recommendations, all of which were accepted in full by DELWP. Recommendation 10 outlined the need to improve regulatory tools, including:
- engaging with stakeholders to develop a common understanding of the Code of Practice for Timber Production 2014 (the Code); and
- where there is any disagreement on interpretation, engage experts and/or legal advice to develop guidance.
In response, DELWP has commenced a two-stage review of the Code to provide greater regulatory certainty and improve environmental outcomes. The goals of the first stage of the Code update are to ensure it is:
- Clear: easier to understand for the community.
- Accurate: free of administrative errors.
- Enforceable: can be used more effectively for compliance activities.
The proposed changes focus on clarifying roles and responsibilities, clearly stating purpose, scope and intent of the instrument, and correcting administrative errors. The existing government commitments to protect large trees and Large Brown Tree Frogs are also reflected in the draft updated Code. These updates are focused on timber production in State forest and are part of the Victorian Government’s current program of forest management reform.
Planning for the second stage of the Code review, a comprehensive scientific review of the Code, is scheduled to commence later this year.
We are seeking input from Victorians to inform the update to the Code of Practice for Timber Production 2014. The questions below outline the key areas the Victorian Government is particularly interested in receiving feedback on. You do not need to answer all questions. We also welcome written submissions, which can be uploaded at the bottom of this page.
To assist with your submission, all relevant documents are provided in the document library on this page.
Thank you for taking the time to contribute your views to help ensure that forests are effectively managed now and for future generations. Your input will be considered before the final variation to the Code is made.
This consultation is open until Sunday 29 September 2019.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is committed to protecting personal information provided by you in accordance with the principles of the Victorian privacy laws.
The information you provide will be used in the update to the Code and MSPs. The information you provide may be made available to DELWP and the Minister for Environment and Climate Change.
Your personal contact information will not be circulated outside of DELWP. Your contact details may be used by DELWP to update you on availability of the results of the consultation process. We might also need to seek clarification from you on your submission.
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