Australia's forest industries are all safe places to work, and employees are highly skilled.
While safe practices have been in place for decades, in September 2018 a program called Safe and Skilled was launched to raise awareness of and enhance the safety of employees in Australia’s forest industries.
At the foundation of the program is the charter signed by the Australian Forest Contractors Association and the Australian Forest Productions Association (of which FIFWA is a member). The charter commits that members of both associations ensure that their forest workers hold a statement of attainment in approved and nationally recognised units of competency, relevant for forest operations.
Safe and Skilled also launched 12 lifesaving commitments to enhance safety in forestry operations, as in the poster to the right.