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The WA forestry industry delivers a significant contribution to communities, employing more than 6,000 people and generating $1.4 billion for the economy.

The Socio-economic impacts of the forest industry – Western Australia report released by Forest and Wood Products Australia, details the forestry industry’s positive contribution to WA, as well as highlighting opportunities for growth.

The report found the bulk of forestry industry jobs were generated by the local processing sector, which demonstrates the unique role of the forestry industry in regional WA.

It also details changes in employment since 2006, and highlights significant opportunities for growth in the industry, particularly in the local processing of wood and fibre.

The Forest Products Commission is focused on developing growth opportunities in the softwood plantation and native forest sectors to ensure a vibrant forestry industry for the future.

Forestry contributes to the economic diversity of a large number of communities, making them more robust to changes in other major industries.

The Socio-economic impacts of the forest industry – Western Australia report can be found on the FWPA website

Fast facts

  • For every direct job in the forestry industry, 2.2 indirect jobs are created 
  • Around 90 per cent of forestry industry jobs are based in regional communities
  • The forestry industry employs 85 per cent of its workers on a full-time basis