• "We are already seeing the cost savings from becoming a ForestFit certified forest contracting business.  We received lower insurance rates and better financing. Our broker said that being a certified business was recognised as lowering our risk profile.  

    Though as a Director the biggest value of being ForestFit certified is that I sleep better at night knowing we have the right systems in place that are annually audited by an independent third party."

    Ian Reid, Austimber Harvesting and Haulage

ForestFit™ Standards and Certification

Setting the Standard for forest contracting businesses, ForestFit is working with forest growers to develop a national optimal auditing pathway.

Australian forestry Standards and certification schemes

The general requirements of the International Standards Organisation (ISO) 9001, 14001 and 45001 were utilised to ensure the ForestFit™ criteria were developed with a risk based approach for management systems and further contextualised for forest contracting businesses suitability. 

ForestFit™ Certification standards and criteria were also developed to align with the principles of Responsible Wood and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards utilised within the Australian forest industry.  ForestFit™ has a 'deemed to comply' relationship with Responsible Wood and is working with FSC to establish a similar relationship.  

Assurance across Australian forestry supply chain

Accessing professional contracting businesses (outsourced providers) with the experience, expertise and resources to undertake active forest management operations is integral to the Growers’ supply chain. Utilising certified outsourced providers assures appropriate risk allocation of business, safety and environmental due diligence requirements and that industry standards are met.

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Resource Centre and Certified Register

The ForestFit Resource Centre has been established to provide guidance, factsheets and templates to support forest businesses in achieving certification. Where practicable guidance, templates documents and evidence have been developed to support documentation and evidence requirements of the standards. These have been categorised by standard.

The Certification Standards that applicants are certified against will be listed on their ForestFit certificate and the ForestFit Certified Business Register.  The latest version of the certification standards and criteria can be found on the ForestFit portal.