Australia's Forests

Knowing the Source of Wood

Knowing the source of wood

Knowing the source of wood

Australia has two forestry certification schemes that help users of wood and wooden products to know where the wood has come from.

The Australian Forest Certification Scheme (AFCS)

This scheme uses the Australian Forestry Standard (AFS) and certifies extensive areas of native forests and plantations across Australia.

A world-class forestry standard, the AFS is endorsed by the world’s biggest assessor of sustainable forest management, the Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). For more information, please visit

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

This uses internationally agreed FSC Principles of Responsible Forest Management to enable FSC accredited certification bodies to issue a certificate for any forestry operation that meets their requirements. The system also includes Chain of Custody (COC) certification. For more information, please visit