Hub Reports


Established in 2019, The Hub exists to provide information to assist the Commonwealth in future policy development regarding pathways for growth, and removal of barriers, for the forestry industry through stakeholder engagement and consultation.

The forest industry and community have identified through the Hub, that to achieve the objectives outlined in the Commonwealth’s National Forest Industries Plan (National Plan), and the Tasmanian Forest Industry Ministerial Advisory Committee’s Strategic Growth Plan, a long-term vision addressing the sector’s strategic priorities and enablers is required.

The Hub’s vision is to grow a sustainable, innovative forest industry that supports Tasmania’s community and economy into the future and is supported by the community.

The Hub has focused its work over the past four years on four key priorities and has commissioned a number of reports investigating challenges and opportunities for growth of Tasmania’s forestry sector.

1. Carbon + Climate

Climate Change and Carbon Policy Assessment Report
Completed November 2020, this report details opportunities for expansion of Tasmania’s forestry sector grouped around key themes of:

    • adapting to climate change;
    • improving climate policy and carbon markets;
    • exploring bioenergy opportunities:
    • natural capital and ecosystem services.


2. Workforce, Skills + Training

Culture, Training and Skills Assessment Report

Completed November 2020, this report provides a strategic assessment of culture, skills and training for the Hub and provides a series of recommendations regarding opportunities and barriers to expansion of the Tasmanian forestry sector.

Forest Industry Workforce Skills and Training Project: Career Mapping Report

Completed in November 2023, this report was developed to inform the Hub and industry on strategic activity to address labour and skills shortages in high priority roles by using data and industry intelligence gathered through interviews and surveys to:

  • map high priority current and future roles in forestry and
  • map the skills and knowledge, entry points and pathways for those high priority jobs.

3. Resource + Land Access

Access to Land and Land Use Policy for Plantation Forest Investment Assessment Report

Completed September 2020, this report provides a strategic assessment of the factors affecting forest growing and processing sectors in the context of land access and land use policy for Tasmania. Key priorities for the Hub were identified as:

    • Maintaining and expanding the current plantation footprint to the extent that it is
      economically, commercially and socially feasible.
    • Identifying and driving smaller scale expansion opportunities in the context of
      both commercial and additional (environmental services and agricultural
      productivity) benefits.


SUMMARY REPORT: Silvicultural interventions to improve short term solid wood production from Australian Forests

STAGE 1 REPORT: Building the case for supporting intervention to increase sawlog production from Australia’s forests

Completed in July 2023, the analysis undertaken for this report has demonstrated that there are opportunities for Government funded incentives to support short to medium actions which can deliver up to 650,000 cubic metres per year of additional sawlog production by the mid-2030s, which otherwise would not be commercially viable.

Proposed recommendations to support the silvicultural intervention programs outlined in this report include:
1. Emissions Reduction Fund rules:
a) Ensure that E. nitens and E.globulus are recognised as eligible long rotation species in Tasmania and Victoria.
b) Ensure that the additionality exclusion for government program funded projects is relaxed for long rotation conversion projects.
c) Ensure that actively managed regrowth native forests are eligible for ERF participation where additional and tangible forest and ecosystem health benefits can be demonstrated.
2. Long rotation plantation forestry fund:
Establish a dedicated long rotation conversion fund of up to $2.5 million annually for ten years, for eligible plantations with agreed criteria addressing species, productivity, scale and proximity to processing facilities and infrastructure.
3. Forest health restoration fund:
Establish a forest health restoration fund of up to $4 million annually for ten years to support active silvicultural management of regrowth native forests on private land where additional and tangible forest and ecosystem health benefits can be demonstrated and the activity would not be viable without financial support. Criteria for participation to be determined through the application of an appropriate natural capital accounting method and monitoring.
This paper is supported by a detailed case study for Tasmania detailed below:

CASE STUDY: Silvicultural interventions to improve sawlog production from Tasmanian forests

This Tasmanian case study has been prepared as a supplementary report for the project Building the case for intervention to support increased sawlog production from Australia’s forests. It supports the three recommendations above along with detailing a fourth recommendation of:

4. Specialty timbers silviculture fund:
Establish a specialty timbers silviculture fund of up to $600,000 over ten years, to support fast-tracking requisite silvicultural interventions for blackwood forests and to trial commercial thinning.


4. Supply Chain + Infrastructure

Supply Chain and Infrastructure Assessment Report

Completed in October 2020, this report details the current state of forestry supply chains and infrastructure, the opportunities and barriers for forestry and the constraints effecting productivity. Recommendations are grouped into four categories:

    • Enhance market access and efficiency
    • Explore forest products value-add and differentiation opportunities
    • Improve supply chain and infrastructure visibility
    • Improve workforce development, skills and career pathways


Forestry Infrastructure Opportunities in Southern Tasmania Final Report

Completed in July 2021, this report is a detailed assessment of the infrastructure priorities for the development of the southern Tasmanian forestry industry and summarises infrastructure opportunities for port, rail and road for the:

  • Short Term (1-5 years)
  • Medium Term (5-15 years)
  • Long Term (15-30 years)


Hub Demand Study – Summary Report (June 2022)

Completed in June 2022, this demand study informs the forests and forest product sector on opportunities to make investments for sustainable growth through
to 2050 and beyond. It details a positive demand outlook across most of Tasmania’s wood product groups underpinned by:

  • The core attributes of the Tasmanian timber products;
  • Forecast growth in Australia’s population and gross domestic product through to 2050;
  • Supply scarcity for log production and wood products produced in Tasmania and other
    states – most notably native forest hardwood timbers, but also plantation wood managed for
    structural timber and engineered wood product applications; and
  • Policy drivers at both the national and state level, supporting the use and procurement of
    ‘renewable’ wood products, from sustainably managed forests.