A core responsibility of the Forest Products Commission (FPC) is the harvesting of forest products from the state's native forests, woodlands and plantations, and the selling of those products to sawmillers and other timber processors. The selection of harvesting contractors and buyers of the products generally follows a public tender process, conducted in accordance with relevant State Supply Commission and government policies.
Tenders, auctions, requests for proposals, or calls for expressions of interest, are advertised in the State Government tenders section inside Wednesday’s edition of The West Australian newspaper, on our home page and on the Tenders WA website.
The Tenders WA website has an email notification service which allows prospective tenderers to receive an email alert of tenders that are about to be released by the FPC. Please refer to the Tenders WA website or contact Tenders WA on (08) 6551 2020 for further information. This website allows tenderers to submit their offers electronically.
Please note: The FPC, for probity and accountability purposes, does not keep mailing lists. It is up to prospective tenderers to check The West Australian newspaper, our home page or the Tenders WA website for tenders called by the FPC.
Harvesting of forest products is carried out by contractors engaged by the FPC, usually following the calling of a public tender. Harvesting contractors are required to fell trees, prepare and extract log products to roadside landings, and load and cart logs to the FPC's customers. Some harvesting contracts require logs to be debarked or chipped prior to delivery.
The most common products include sawlogs (large, medium and small, high quality and low quality), chiplogs, firewood/charcoal logs, poles, logs for fencing purposes, and logs for reconstitution into particle board or fibreboard. Tree species harvested include jarrah, karri, marri, blackbutt, wandoo, sheoak, radiata pine, maritime pine, bluegum, sandalwood and a range of native species that grow in arid parts of the state.
Contractors must work to strict rules and guidelines which focus on accountability, safety, environmental safeguards and proper utilisation of trees felled. These guidelines are contained in a number of publications, including FPC procedures, the Contractors' Timber Harvesting Manual and the Safety & Health Code for Native Forest/Hardwood Logging and Plantation Logging.
FPC staff manage harvesting operations and help ensure that all procedures, rules and guidelines are correctly followed.
Contractors may also be required to register as a timber worker under the provisions of the Forest Management Regulations 1993.
The FPC engages other contractors for works such as road construction and maintenance, establishment and tending of plantations, carting and application of fertiliser to plantations by ground and by air, carrying out post harvesting treatment of native forest areas, and supply of materials such as fertiliser and drainage pipes.
The FPC also engages consultants from time to time to provide specialist advice or services.
Forest products (primarily logs) may be purchased from the Forest Products Commission via the following methods:
Major buyers such as Wespine (pine sawlogs),Wesbeam (pine veneer logs), Laminex (pine industrial wood) and Simcoa (charcoal logs) purchase forest products under authority of specific State Government agreement acts.
Contracts of sale (known as production contracts under the Forest Products Act 2000)
Most contracts of sale are awarded following a competitive process, typically a public tender or auction. Sometimes the public process follows a different path involving requests for expressions of interest or proposals. Most contracts of sale for native forest sawlogs, firewood logs, fencing logs, feature grade sawlogs and other non-regular sawlog products have been awarded via these competitive processes. Occasionally, a contract of sale is allocated by private treaty pursuant to the Forest Products Act 2000.
'Short form' of private treaty contract of sale (production contract)
Selected staff in FPC have the authority to issue, "over the counter", a contract of sale for small, one-off quantities of non-standing forest products to members of the public. This form of contract, which substitutes for the Conservation and Land Management Act 1984 forest produce licence, is known as a Minor Production Contract (MPC).
Products which can be sold under an MPC include:
Craftwood (i.e. material up to 1.5 m long collected from the forest floor using hand tools only).
Small quantities (e.g. one or two truck loads) of residue logs ex bush landings.
Odd logs of any quality which are lying (i.e. not standing) in places which cause or may cause problems (e.g. log over a road or track, log over a fenceline, logs in gravel pit, etc).
Note: Members of the public are discouraged from entering forests to seek out fallen trees within the forest estate with a view to purchase.
Cash sales via auction
The FPC conducts regular public auctions (three or four times per year) of small quantities of a range of native forest timber species at its Harvey premises. These auctions provide good opportunities for small commercial operators and hobbyists to purchase logs or timber.