The Forest Practices Authority

Draft Forest Practices Code 2019 –  guide for making comments

View the draft code here: Draft Forest Practices Code 2019 for public comment.

The Forest Practices Authority (FPA) seeks your input on proposed amendments to the Forest Practices Code 2015 (the Code).  Please note that comments related to the technical provisions of the Draft Forest Practices Code 2019 are being sought. Comments relating more broadly to the forest practices system as a whole will not be evaluated during this process.

The Code prescribes the manner in which forest practices shall be conducted so as to provide reasonable protection to the environment in accordance with section 31 of the Forest Practices Act 1985 (the Act).

The Code is issued from time to time by the FPA, after extensive consultation and public comment.  The first Code became operational in 1987, and has since been amended in 1993, 2000 and 2015. The process for amending the Code is provided for in section 32 of the Act.

The FPA intends to amend the Forest Practices Code 2015 as follows:

  1. replace the Guiding Policy with a Preamble and an expanded section A, and distribute commitments made in the Guiding Policy elsewhere in the Code
  2. clarify the scope and applicability of the Code to allow for its application where a forest practices plan (FPP) is required, whether or not an FPP has been certified
  3. make numerous technical updates to remove uncertainty and bring the Code up to date with contemporary practices and technology
  4. include an interpretation and explanation of ‘forest practices’ in line with the interpretation in the Forest Practices Act 1985
  5. include a mandatory statement to be placed in all FPPs that references the Code and thus clearly links the Code to an enforceable instrument (the FPP)
  6. add the requirement for a map to be included in a FPP and describe the standard of map expected
  7. refer readers to other applicable legislation such as that covering fire management, quarries, pesticide application or noise, without their re-iteration
  8. add an expanded section describing native forest silvicultural systems and native forest stocking standards, instead of referencing third party Technical Bulletins
  9. include stand-alone sections on the treatment of riparian zones in predominantly agricultural landscapes
  10. include a section on Stand Management that covers routine, low-impact stand maintenance activities that do not require a forest practices plan.

The full text of the proposed amendments can be viewed here: Draft Forest Practices Code 2019 for public comment.


The amendments to the Code proposed to be made by the FPA are set forth in a document kept at the offices of the FPA and at the Launceston and Burnie offices of Private Forests Tasmania (see below for addresses) and may be inspected by any person without payment of a fee.  The document is also available on this web site. Click here to view the Draft Forest Practices Code 2019 for public comment.

Office Locations:

  • Hobart – Forest Practices Authority Offices, Patrick Street, Hobart, TAS 7000
  • Launceston – Private Forest Tasmania Offices, 171 Westbury Road, Prospect 7250
  • Burnie - Private Forest Tasmania Offices, Harris Building, Level 2, 49 Cattley Street, Burnie 7320

Each line in the document is numbered, and comments should make reference to the line number(s) to which the comment relates.

The FPA welcomes comments from interested parties on the proposed amendments.  Any comments should be provided in writing by Friday, September 20, 2019.


Section 33 of the Act provides that any person who wishes to object to the amendment of the Code which the FPA intends to make may lodge with the FPA an objection in writing. Any objection must specify the grounds of the objection and be lodged by Friday, September 20, 2019.


All written submissions or objections on the Draft Forest Practices Code 2019 must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, 20 September 2019.

Submissions can be forwarded to:


Mail: Forest Practices Authority, 30 Patrick St, Hobart TAS 7000

All respondents will receive confirmation of their submission. Submissions will be treated as public information and will be published on the FPA website at, anonymously.

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The FPA recognises that not all individuals or groups are equally placed to access and understand information.  We are therefore committed to ensuring FPA information is accessible and easily understood by people with diverse communication needs.

Where possible, please consider typing your submission in plain English and providing it in a format such as Microsoft Word or equivalent.


Your name will not be published unless you request otherwise.

Copyright in submissions remains with the author(s), not with the FPA.

The FPA will not publish, in whole or in part, submissions containing defamatory or offensive material.  If your submission includes information that could enable the identification of other individuals then either all or parts of the submission will not be published.

The Right to Information Act 2009 and confidentiality

Information provided to the FPA may be provided to an applicant under the provisions of the Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI). If you have indicated that you wish all or part of your submission to be treated as confidential, your statement detailing the reasons may be taken into account in determining whether or not to release the information in the event of an RTI application for assessed disclosure.  You may also be contacted to provide any further comment.

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