Source: Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences
Australia has three forestry certification schemes that enable users of wood and wooden products to know the source of the wood.
The Australian Forest Certification Scheme (AFCS)
This scheme uses the Australian Forestry Standard (AFS) and certifies extensive areas of native forests and plantations across Australia.
The AFCS also includes a Chain of Custody Standard to track forest and wood products throughout the supply chain. This provides consumers with assurance that the forest and wood products they are purchasing are from forests that are managed to the highest possible standards.
A world-class forestry standard, the AFS is endorsed by the world’s biggest assessor of sustainable forest management, the Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).
For more information, please visit www.forestrystandard.org.au.
The Forest Stewardship Council
This uses internationally agreed FSC Principles of Responsible Forest Management to enable FSC accredited certification bodies to issue a certificate for any forestry operation that meets their requirements. The system also includes Chain of Custody (COC) certification.
For more information, please visit www.fscaustralia.org.
Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)
The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) through independent third-party certification.
PEFC works throughout the entire forest supply chain to promote good practice in the forest and to ensure that timber and non-timber forest products are produced with respect for the highest ecological, social and ethical standards..
PEFC is an umbrella organization. It works by endorsing national forest certification systems developed through multi-stakeholder processes and tailored to local priorities and conditions.
With about 30 endorsed national certification systems and more than 220 million hectares of certified forests, PEFC is the world's largest forest certification system.