The Log Haulage Manual supports the specific skills required to transport harvested timber safely. It describes safety standards and best practice for load restraint, loading and unloading trucks, and transporting forestry logs and produce. The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is in the process of developing a new Forestry Log Haulage – Industry Code of Practice, meaning the current Log Haulage Manual will need to be revised.

Led by industry, ForestWorks is reviewing and updating the Log Haulage Manual and producing some short educational videos to support some of the important safety practices outlined in the code. These resources are being created for industry, by industry, to make workplaces safer.

Register your interest

To keep informed about project updates and opportunities to provide input and feedback, please email
and provide your name, organisation and state/region where you are based.

The project team are collecting feedback on the current version of the Log Haulage Manual to guide the development of first drafts (see below).

ForestWorks, with project partners Australian Forest Contractors Association (AFCA) and Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) are managing the project and have established a Project Steering Committee to oversee the project. To ensure the products developed meet industry requirements, a Subject Matter Expert Working Group (SMEWG) is also being established. This group will provide specialist technical advice on the content of the manual and videos. More information on Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) is available below.

There will be opportunities for broader industry stakeholders to provide feedback on drafts of the manual, as well as scripts and storyboards for the videos. This is a crucial step in the process so the manual and videos accurately reflect the contents and objectives of the Forestry Log Haulage Industry Code of Practice.

Funding for this project has been made available as part of the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HSVI), supported by the Australian Government.

Opportunity to provide feedback on current Log Haulage Manual

The current Log Haulage Manual, published in 2014, is widely respected. We welcome stakeholder feedback on the manual, including suggestions on content that needs updating, potential new content, and other ideas for improvement. A Word document version of the current manual can be accessed below. You are welcome to use the track changes or comments function to record specific feedback.

Please fill out the feedback form to provide input on the manual. You can email feedback to or call Paul Cavicchia at ForestWorks on 03 9321 3500 or 1800 177 001.

Privacy and Confidentiality: Any comments or feedback you provide and any personal details you share will not be publicly disclosed. Only ForestWorks and Skills Impact staff and contractors will have direct access to your comments and personal information. As part of the project process, your name, organisation and location may be shared with the Project Steering Committee, Subject Matter Expert Working Group, and/or funding organisations. If you have any concerns about this, please contact the project manager

Project Team

Paul Cavicchia
Project Manager, ForestWorks

Amanda Bell
Forest Industry Safety Manager, Australian Forest Products Association

Tim Lester
General Manager, Australian Forest Contractors Association


February – March 2023
• Scoping and planning

April – July 2023
• Development of draft video scripts and story boards
• Development of first draft of revised Log Haulage Manual

July – August 2023
• Draft manual, scripts and storyboards available for feedback

November 2023
• Second draft of revised Log Haulage Manual available for feedback
• Filming of videos

December 2023 – March 2024
• Finalisation of videos and revised Log Haulage Manual

April 2024
• Release of videos and revised Log Haulage Manual

Subject Matter Expert Working Group

A SMEWG is being formed to provide technical expertise throughout the project. SMEs will help draft the revised manual and create the content for the videos. The group’s expertise covers the following sectors:
• growing and roading
• harvesting and haulage
• processors (sawmill, chipping, pulp and paper)
• trailer and load handling and restraint manufacturers/suppliers
• education and training (RTOs).

We are seeking additional SMEs, especially those with experience in education and training, or trailer and load handling and restraint manufacturing/supply. If you are interested in volunteering as an SME and would like more information, please contact Paul Cavicchia by 5 June 2023 by emailing or by calling 03 9321 3500 or 1800 177 00.

Stakeholder Consultation Process

Stakeholder input is appreciated throughout the duration of this project. The videos and revised manual will be developed in consultation with SMEs and their networks. Opportunities for the broader industry to provide feedback will occur when the first draft materials are made available between July and August 2023, and again for the second draft of the manual during November 2023. If you are involved in this industry sector, ForestWorks would appreciate your input and help. Please feel free to register your interest for project updates and consultation opportunities by emailing Alternatively, you can telephone Paul Cavicchia at ForestWorks on 03 9321 3500 or 1800 177 001.

A list of key stakeholder organisations has been identified for this project based on their industry role, size or specialty. ForestWorks will ensure contact is made with each of these organisations to seek their involvement and views on the manual and videos. Consultation is not limited to the organisations on this list, they have simply been identified as the most likely to have a key interest in the development and outcomes of this project.

If you are aware of an organisation you believe should be involved, please contact the project team to ensure they are contacted by us.