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FSC risk assessment for Australia completed

An assessment of the risk of sourcing wood from ‘unacceptable’ sources from Australia has been carried out in accordance with FSC-PRO-60-002A V1.0 FSC National Risk Assessment Framework. Source: Timberbiz

FSC defines unacceptable sources as wood originating from:

  • Illegally harvested wood
  • Wood harvested in violation of traditional and human rights
  • Wood harvested from forests where high conservation values are threatened by management activities
  • Wood from forests being converted to plantations or non-forest use
  • Wood from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted

The national risk assessment (NRA) serves as an instrument for certificate holders sourcing wood from Australia through a due diligence program in accordance with FSC-STD-40-005.

The NRA is largely based on the assessments undertaken in the draft centralized risk assessment (FSC-CNRA-AU), with some differences in risk designation based on functional scale, local expert opinion and stakeholders.

Experts consulted felt the draft CNRA had in some instances ignored information provided for the risk assessments, particularly in relation to category 3. The decision was made to build upon the draft CNRA to develop an NRA for Australia.

The final NRA approval was on 30 June 2019.

The National Risk Assessment Working Group consisted of six individuals – two from each chamber as follows:

  • Social – Mark Annandale and Chris Taylor (resigned replaced by Daniel Mackey)
  • Economic – Kevin O’Grady and Suzette Weeding
  • Environment – Sean Cadman and Warrick Jordon
  • NRA Coordinator – Emily Silberberg

FSC Australia is responsible for the maintenance of the NRA. Revisions and/or updates of the NRA will be implemented as needed and at a minimum once every five years. Each updated or revised version will be sent to FSC International for approval.

All documents pertaining to this risk assessment, as well as other FSC documents are available at