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Illegal logging prohibition Act 2012

The Illegal Logging Prohibition Act 2012 promotes the purchase and sale of legally logged timber products in Australia and gives consumers and businesses greater certainty about the legality of the timber products they buy.

The Act restricts the importation and sale of illegally logged timber in Australia in the following ways:

  • Placing a prohibition on importing illegally logged timber and timber products.
  • Placing a prohibition on processing domestically grown raw logs that have been illegally logged.
  • Establishing offences and penalties, including up to five years imprisonment, for the importation or processing of prohibited products.
  • Establishing comprehensive monitoring and investigation powers to enforce the above requirements of the Act.

There is now a high-level prohibition in place on:

  • importing timber and timber products containing illegally logged timber
  • processing Australian raw logs that have been illegally logged.

In November 2014, regulations that outline the operational framework for importers and processors will come into effect, including due diligence processes and a detailed list of products that will be subject to the regulations. The government will table the regulations before the end of May 2013, 18 months before they come into effect, to allow industry sufficient time to establish due diligence systems and processes.

Penalties are at the discretion of a court; the maximum penalties that may be applied are:

  • five years imprisonment, and/or
  • $55 000 for an individual, and/or
  • $275 000 for a corporation or body corporate.