Forestry Better Business Program Launched Nationally

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The Forestry Better Business Program is now available nationally. The program was officially launched yesterday at an event in Launceston.

Speaking at the launch event, Diana Lloyd, General Manager of ForestWorks, said the Forestry Better Business Program offers an efficient tool that enables businesses to identify and maintain industry best practice and provides recognition that they are operating to the high standards required.

“Forestry contracting businesses can use the online program to store and share information with forest managers and to demonstrate they meet current standards.”

“The standards are based on existing industry standards, and link to relevant Acts and Regulations. The standards are described and documented under the four key areas – Safety, Environment, Economics and People.”

“A free trial period is available for the first six months. To access the program, forestry contracting businesses and forest managers can register at,” said Diana.

Guy Barnett, Minister for Resources, has also released a media release about the launch of the Forestry Better Business Program, read it here.

Diana Lloyd, General Manager, ForestWorks

Sarah Courtney, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier, and Community and Veterans’ Affairs, and Member for Bass

Sarah Courtney, MP; Eva James, ForestWorks; Diana Lloyd, ForestWorks, Stacey Gardiner, AFCA

The Forestry Better Business Program was developed and trialled in Tasmania in 2015-2016, out of a project funded by the Australian and Tasmanian Governments. ForestWorks worked closely with the Australian Forest Contractors Association (AFCA) and an industry-led project steering committee to ensure the program met industry’s needs.

Stacey Gardiner, General Manager of AFCA said the program aims to simplify the information flow between forestry contracting businesses and forestry managers.

“AFCA encourages all forestry businesses to take advantage of the six month free trial period. The Forestry Better Business Program offers organisations a tool for business accreditation by offering one agreed set of standards, located in one central place, for ease of access,” said Stacey.

Tony Stonjek, Director of AKS Forest Solutions identified the potential capacity of the program to create efficiencies for his business, where he shares information with several forest managers and contracting businesses.

“Improving the efficiency of communicating between businesses is good for all parties and reduces duplication,” said Tony.

To register your business to the Forestry Better Business Program or to find out more, visit or contact ForestWorks on 03 9321 3500.

The online program was developed by industry and will be administered by ForestWorks.


Industry Representatives at the Forestry Better Business Launch Event