Socio-economic impacts of the forest industry Victoria (exc. the Green Triangle)

The forest industry in Australia contributes to jobs and economic activity in many communities. During the last decade, there has been little information on how the industry is changing in different regions, including change in the number of jobs generated, dependence of different communities on the economic activity generated by the industry, the type and quality of work generated in the industry, and how residents of forest-industry dependent communities view the industry and its effects. Forest and Wood Products Australia has invested in research to produce up-to-date information on the socio-economic impacts of the forest industry.  This report presents findings for the forest industry in Victoria, excluding the ‘Green Triangle’ in south-west Victoria, which is examined in a separate report. For simplicity, this region is referred to as the ‘Victorian forest industry’ in this report; in all cases, this excludes plantation areas in the south-west.