The Australian Forestry Standard
This standard has been developed in Australia under the auspices of the State and Commonwealth governments and is registered with Standards Australia. It is affiliated with the international PEFC certification system. It is the certification system which State Governments have chosen to apply to state owned native forests and plantations. The Australian Forestry Standard operates in conjunction with the international environmental management standard, ISO 14001. Western Australian state owned native forests and plantations are certified under the Australian Forestry Standard.
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There are two major systems of environmental certification emerging in Australia in recent years. They are in place so consumers can be confident that the timber products they purchased have been produced in an environmentally sustainable and responsible manner.
The Forest Stewardship Council
This is a non-government international standard which is managed by a tripartite arrangement of industry, community and environmental groups. A specifically Australian standard is currently being developed to apply the international criteria of FSC to the local situation. Some major Western Australian private plantation growers are certified under the FSC scheme. FSC also produces Chain of Custody certificates for products manufactured from certified wood. The Forest Industries Federation of WA supports both certification schemes.
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