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Critical dates for Australia’s forests are the Victorian election (23 November 2018), the NSW election (23 March 2019) and a federal election which is likely to be either spring 2018 or autumn 2019 (no later than May if the House of Reps and half-Senate elections are to be held simultaneously). Most of the RFAs are now scheduled to expire between May 2019 and March 2020. The Possums Case is set down for a three-week trial beginning 25 February 2019.

Dates and deadlines in 2018 - 2020

DateWhereWhat
June 30VicWhere is the annual Timber Release Plan? The last one was released on 5 January 2017
Sept 7AustraliaNational Threatened Species Day
Sept 7NSW, ACTChildren's threatened species art prize - winners announced
Sept 10NationalSubmissions due to Senate Inquiry into Australia's Faunal Extinction Crisis
Sept 10ACTStand Against Extinction rally
Sept 30VicDue date for VicForests' annual report to the Secretary on area logged and regeneration results for the previous financial year. Appears not to be public - but why not?
Nov 24VictoriaState election
Dec 31NSWScheduled expiry date of Wood Supply Agreements for ANWE (Eden woodchip mill) and Blue Ridge (Eden sawmiller) expire
Dec 31NSWScheduled expiry date of Integrated Forestry Operations Approvals (IFOAs) for Eden, Lower North East and Upper North East Regions
2019
Feb 25VictoriaStart of Possums Case trial - expected to last for three weeks
March 23NSWState election
May 4WAScheduled expiry date for South West RFA
May 18AustraliaLast date for simultaneous half Senate and House of Reps federal election
August 23VictoriaPreviously scheduled expiry date for North East Vic RFA.
Extended to 31 March 2020
August 26NSWScheduled expiry date for Eden RFA
2020
March 31VictoriaScheduled expiry date for all Victorian RFAs (East Gippsland, North-East and Central Highlands RFAs extended to align with Gippsland and West Vic RFAs)
March 31NSWScheduled expiry date for North East (NSW) RFA
DecNSWScheduled expiry date for wood supply agreements in the Eden Region (other than ANWE and Blue Ridge) and for some wood supply agreements in northern NSW
Dec 31NSWScheduled expiry date of Integrated Forestry Operations Approvals (IFOAs) for the Southern Region

The Southern NSW RFA expires on 24  April 2021