Each year, we commission an independent environmental audit to measure compliance of commercial timber harvesting operations against the requirements set out in the Code of Practice for Timber Production 2014 (the Code).

The findings from these audits are used to improve operational practices and inform improvements to the regulatory framework. The published audit reports, alongside formal responses to the auditor’s recommendations from both VicForests and DELWP enhance the transparency of Victoria’s forest management arrangements.

If you have a complaint or concerns about potential non-compliance matters, please visit Forest reports.

2017/18 Audit Program

The 2017/18 Forest Audit Program is underway and will audit coupes harvested or that were proposed for harvest in 2016/17 financial year. Following the appointment of an independent EPA accredited environmental auditor, field work is scheduled to take place in May/June 2018. Preliminary findings will be available 30 June 2018, and the final report published shortly afterwards.

2016/17 Audit Program

This audit involved field examination of 30 coupes harvested or proposed for harvest in 2015/16 financial year and four regenerated coupes.

DELWP Response to 2016-17 Forest Audit Program (DOCX, 143.9 KB)
VicForests Response to 2016-17 Forests Audit Program (PDF, 857.2 KB)
Report on the 2016-17 Forest Audit Program (PDF, 4.5 MB)

2015/16 Audit Program

DELWP Response to 2015-16 Forest Audit Program (DOCX, 144.3 KB)
VicForests Response to 2015-16 Forest Audit program (PDF, 142.8 KB)

As part of its 2015/16 Forest Audit Program, three separate audits were commissioned of coupes that were harvested or that were proposed for harvest in 2014/15. Each audit focused on a different compliance priority:

  • Construction and rehabilitation of waterway crossings
  • Construction and maintenance of in-coupe roads
  • Protection of mandatory exclusion areas from the impacts of timber harvesting

2012/13 Audit Program

This audit assessed the compliance of commercial timber harvesting operations conducted during 2009/10 and 2010/11 against various harvesting boundaries and cumulative harvest limits. This was a spatial audit of logging history against regulatory requirements.

Harvesting Performance August 2012 Report (PDF, 1.3 MB)
Harvesting Performance August 2012 (accessible) (DOC, 1.5 MB)
Harvesting Performance August 2012 Appendices (PDF, 9.2 MB)

VicForests response to Harvesting Performance August 2012 (PDF, 243.5 KB)
VicForests response to Harvesting Performance August 2012 (accessible) (DOC, 155.0 KB)

2011/12 Audit Program

This audit involved a desktop assessment of VicForests compliance with the annual and cumulative harvest limits in Melbourne's water catchments as well as compliance with the 2006-2011 and 2009-2014 Timber Release Plans during the 2008/09 harvest season. The former DEPI compliance with the Wood Utilisation Plan was also assessed.

Harvesting Performance 2011 (PDF, 2.1 MB)
Harvesting Performance 2011 (accessible) (DOC, 2.4 MB)

This audit involved field examination of compliance at 27 coupes harvested during the 2008/09 season.

Harvesting and Closure 2011 (PDF, 3.1 MB)
Harvesting and Closure 2011 (accessible) (DOC, 1.8 MB)