The Queensland Government and Timber Queensland have broadened their Chain of Custody Support Scheme, which now funds businesses to obtain dual certification up to a cap of $5000. Source: Timberbiz
Initially the Scheme reimbursed costs directly incurred in obtaining chain of custody certification under Australian Forestry Standard AS 4707 or the Forest Stewardship Council 40-004 (V2-1) EN.
Rod McInnes, CEO Timber Queensland, said eligible businesses who have gained certification under one standard can now apply for additional support for certification under another standard, alternatively businesses that have no certification can apply for both AFS and FSC certification support.
“Eligible businesses are Queensland operated primary processors, secondary processors and wholesalers of timber products sourced from certified timber grown and sourced in Queensland,” said Mr McInnes.
“They can claim 100% of the eligible costs for singular or dual certification up to a cap of $5000 (ex GST) per business.”
Examples of types of costs that can be claimed are the initial audit, chain of custody systems development, application fees to a recognised standard, registration and logo use charges.
“Certification will help local businesses protect and enhance their brand and reputation as well as service customers such as state and federal governments who specify certified products,” he said.
“Opening the scheme to allow dual certification is advantageous for those looking to take full advantage of the interest in sustainable wood products.”
Businesses interested in participating in the Chain of Custody Support Scheme can access more information and register for the scheme at www.timberqueensland.com.au or request an information pack from [email protected]
Eligible businesses have until 31 December 2014 to apply to participate in the scheme and until 30 June 2015 to obtain certification and submit a funding claim.