Australian Illegal Logging Prohibition Act 2012
The Illegal Logging Prohibition Act 2012 aims to combat trade in illegally logged timber products in Australia. This legislation only places requirements on Australian businesses, and establishes equal treatment for suppliers of timber, regardless of nationality.
The Act bans the import of illegally logged timber and timber products into Australia, and prohibits the processing of Australian-grown logs that have been illegally harvested. It establishes comprehensive monitoring and investigation powers, and sets out penalties for Australian businesses that do not comply with the Act.
The legislation comes in two parts: primary legislation and detailed regulations. The detailed regulations, including due diligence requirements, will come into force in 2014.