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VicForests audit approves Responsible Wood standard

State-owned VicForests has announced its successful three-year re-certification under the Responsible Wood standard.

An audit, conducted across the business in December 2018, recommended VicForests recertification highlighting its thorough workplace and contractor safety standards, contractor management and continued contribution to research. 

All major commercial native timber harvesting enterprises across Australia are certified under this system including Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia.

The Responsible Wood standard is endorsed by the international Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), the largest such system in the world which covers more than 300 million ha of forest, has 49 national members and equates to around two-thirds of the world's total certified forest area.