The Act defines illegally logged timber as any timber harvested in contravention of the laws in place in the country of origin. The timber products to which the Act applies, and the due diligence requirements for importers and processors, are defined under the accompanying Illegal Logging Prohibition Amendment Regulation. These requirements came into effect on 30 November 2014.
The government has prepared a series of specific guidelines for those countries that are important suppliers of timber to Australia, to help importers understand the legal frameworks for harvesting timber in these countries. It has also worked with industry to develop a range of guidance materials for implementing the due diligence requirements. These various guidelines are available on the Australian government’s website.