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About AFG

Australian Forest Growers is the national association representing and promoting private forestry and commercial treegrowing interests in Australia.  If you grow trees commercially for wood or non-wood products, or you would like to, Australian Forest Growers can help you.

Australian Forest Growers

  • is a national association with branches in all states (AFG Branches)
  • is the only national organisation representing and promoting the interests of private forestry and farm tree growers
  • has credibility with Governments as the national voice of private forest growers
  • is run by a voluntary Board of growers, supported by a small paid professional staff based in Canberra

AFG Members

  • grow trees for timber and other products and benefits, on small and large holdings, on farms, in plantations and in private native forests
  • include farmers and foresters, plantation investors and investment companies, researchers, consultants, tree and equipment suppliers, industrial forestry companies, urban dwellers with rural land, small block holders, and tree growing enthusiasts
  • Apply for membership  -  browse AFG's Articles of Association

Communication and Information

  • Australian Forest Grower, quarterly journal provides technical, economic and market news and information
  • Special publications, such as: technical papers on a wide range of forestry issues, and Biennial Conference proceedings
  • National Biennial Policy Forum
  • National Biennial three day conference
  • Regional field days and seminars
  • A national farm forestry information service,

Representation and Lobbying

AFG actively represents its members and all private forestry interests to the appropriate levels of government.

Current priorities are:

  • Private Forestry Policy
    • Climate change and Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme;
    • Maintenance of a comprehensive policy statement booklet;
    • Codes of forest practice for private growers;
    • Fair and supportive tax treatment of private forestry;
    • Land use planning that protects the rights of private forest growers to plant, regenerate, manage and harvest;
    • Legally separate title for trees and land 'forestry rights';
    • Inventories of private forests. 
  • Markets and Marketing
    • Development of domestic industries;
    • Better private grower access to domestic and export markets;
    • Support for treegrower cooperatives and regional coordination;
    • Development of an internationally recognised sustainable forest management certification standard/s
  •  Skills and Knowledge
    • Research and development priorities and extension;
    • Better forestry skills among farmers and rural communities;
    • Pest and disease mitigation.

Other AFG Services Include: 


 What has AFG achieved for private forest growers? 194.01 Kb

 Australian Forest Development Institute and Australian Forest Growers Origins and Purposes 94.29 Kb
by Michael Hall