Forestry Business Transition Voucher Program

Regional Development Victoria

The Victorian Forestry Plan has been developed to assist the industry as it manages a gradual transition away from native timber harvesting.

The FBTV program offers access to tailored support through business services to equip affected businesses with a better understanding of their business capabilities, options, and strategies for transition.

Registered Service Providers can provide the following support to Participants:

  • Business Diagnostic – an initial check of the business’ status to help identify future opportunities and next steps.
  • Business Transition Plan – developed by the Registered Service Provider and the Participant, this is a more in-depth identification of diversification opportunities and includes the strategies and capabilities the business needs to pursue in order to transition to future opportunities in forestry or other industries.
  • Updates of established plans – where a business has an established transition plan, a Registered Service Provider can be engaged to undertake a review of the existing plan. The review will determine if appropriate strategies are in place to assist the Participant through the transition period and make recommendations for change where appropriate. A Participant may be eligible for assistance to develop a revised Business Transition Plan if necessary.

Key Criteria:

  • hold a current VicForests Timber Supply Agreement
  • hold a Forest Produce Licence issued by VicForests
  • are a timber harvest and/or haulage business with a current VicForests Agreement.
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