Supporting industry to adjust to changing job requirements

With advances in technology and new product development, job roles in our industry will continue to change. The Training and Skills Development Service recognises this challenge.

Tasmanian forest and timber industry workers and their employers can now access funds to undertake training and develop their skills to meet the requirements of new job roles and responsibilities. This service also enables workers to gain formal recognition for skills they have already gained.

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Current and potential workers in the Tasmanian forest and timber sector can access this service.

Funding is available to both private and public businesses, in both the plantation and native sectors, for training courses that meet the following criteria:

  • training that is of benefit to the Tasmanian Forest and Timber Industry;
  • that is relevant to current and/or future job roles in the forestry sector;
  • and provided by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

Funding can also be accessed to support the development or review of a business’ workforce development plan.

Note: applications and payments will not be processed during the period 21 September – 2 October 2017.

Download the Application Form

Download a form to complete electronically

Download a form to complete by hand

Download the Guidelines

For further details about eligibility requirements and the application process.


Key outcomes of this service

  • Enterprises assisted to meet and respond, to emerging industry directions to support the rebuilding and growth of the Tasmanian Forest and Timber Products Industry.
  • Enterprises supported to increase their performance via a review of future enterprise development objectives, job roles, skills gaps and planning for skills development activity.
  • Employees in the forest and timber industry skilled up and engaged with learning to meet changing work environments and skills requirements.
  • The skills of existing employees are appropriately recognised.

Further resources

This document provides a brief overview of the application process.

Download the Process Flow document

This quick guide is designed to assist you to identify the steps within the life of your TSDS Project.

Download the Employer Quick Guide

These quick guides re designed to assist you in identifying the steps within the life of your TSDS Project.

Download the RTO Quick Guide

Download the RTO Quick Guide for Single Units of Competency

This tool is designed to help you identify skills gaps in your workforce and to plan for training needs.

Download the Strategic Workforce Development Tool

Five Forestry Tasmania employees, undertake Threatened Butterfly training through the Forest Practices Authority
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Forestry Tasmania employee undertakes ISO 14001:2015 training through the BSI group
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Casegrande Lumber Pty Ltd employees and sub-contractors undertake assessment in Excavator Harvesting
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Industry Steering Committee

Forest Industries Association of Tasmania    Terry Edwards (Chair)
Forestry Tasmania    Steve Whiteley
Tasmanian Sawmillers Association    Robert Torenius
Tasmanian Forest Contractors Association    Karen Hall
Tasmanian Special Timbers Alliance    Andrew Denman
CFMEU – FFPD Division    Jane Calvert
Skills Tasmania    Stuart Hollingsworth
Department of State Growth    Graeme Nibbs (Observer)


The Tasmanian Training and Skills Development Service is funded by the Australian and Tasmanian Governments to support the rebuilding and reskilling of the Tasmanian forest and timber industry.