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Socio-economic costs and benefits of commercial forestry


As part of the Communities project, the Australian National University studied the socio-economic costs and benefits of commercial forestry, focusing in particular on plantation forestry. The research consisted of the following related studies, undertaken in a number of regions around Australia:

Related work and links

Socio-economic impacts of land use change in the Green Triangle and Central Victoria

This project, undertaken by CRC for Forestry researchers, examined socio-economic impacts of a number of land use changes in the Green Triangle and Central Victoria, including land use change from traditional agriculture to blue gum plantations.


Monitoring the social and economic impacts of forestry

This project was undertaken for the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry by researchers at the Fenner School of Environment and Society (Australian National University). It provides a set of recommended indicators for ongoing monitoring of the social and economic impacts of forestry over time.


2009 Inquiry into food production in Australia - Impact of MIS

Submission to 2009 Inquiry into food production in Australia - Impact of managed investment schemes by Senate Select Committee on Agricultural and Related Industries, and Hansard record of J. Schirmer witness discussion as part of this inquiry.

The final report of the inquiry is available here.


Socio-economic characteristics of Victoria's forestry industries

Report prepared by the Fenner School of Environment and Society for the Victorian Department of Primary Industries.

Latest releases

INTERIM REPORT - Socioeconomic impacts of forest industry change: a baseline study of the Tasmanian forest industry


Findings of a study examining the socio-economic impacts of the downturn in the Tasmanian forest industry on industry businesses and workers are presented, as well as identification of which communities have experienced the most change in the forest industry. In addition, the vulnerability to future change of those dependent on the industry is examined, with recommendations provided regarding the design of assistance mechanisms.


Download the media release here.


Handbook for operational community engagement within Australian plantation forest management.


With community engagement (CE) now a major component of modern forest management, the Community Engagement handbook provides a comprehensive yet realistic overview of the underlying principles and concepts of CE, as well as practical guidance about how to undertake engagement, and real-world examples from forest industries.

The handbook can be downloaded here

Other Releases:

Structural adjustment assistance in the Australian forest industry: a review of recent experience and recommendations for best practice design of future structural adjustment packages

This report provides a comprehensive guide to the design and implementation of Structural Adjustment Packages (SAPs) in the Australian native forest industry. The report can be downloaded here.

Tasmania’s Forest Industry 2010: Trends in forest industry employment and turnover 2006 to 2010

This report presents results of research on the extent and impact of the recent downturn in the forest industry in Tasmania between 2006 and 2010. The report is available as a full-length technical report  (500 kB) or a summary report (4 MB).