Program overview

On 23 May 2023, the Victorian Government has announced the end of native timber harvesting in Victoria in 2024. Read the media release Delivering Certainty For Timber Workers.

To help manufacturers of native hardwood products in Victoria transition successfully and ensure business continuity after the end of native timber harvesting, grants will be available to support them in making informed decisions about their future.

The Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions (DJSIR) is now taking registrations of interest from manufacturers of native hardwood products seeking to access support grants through the Timber Supply Chain Resilience Package.

To register interest, please enter your business details using the registration form.

For further information on transition support for workers, families and employers please see transition support contact details.

Register your interest

Businesses that have registered an interest will be informed and invited to formally apply when the program opens in early July 2023.

For further information or assistance please contact Business Victoria on 13 22 15 or by selecting Timber Supply Chain Resilience Package on our contact form.

Transition support

The following transition support options are available for workers, families and employers.

  • Native timber downstream impacted supply chain manufacturers should contact: Business Victoria 13 22 15.
  • Native timber sawmill employers should contact: DEECA Forest Transition Team: 1800 318 182.
  • Directly impacted native timber workers and families should contact: Worker Support Service 1800 177 001.
  • Directly impacted Opal Maryvale Mill workers and families should contact: Opal Worker Support Service 1800 177 001.
  • Native timber workers, families and communities seeking jobs, skills and training support: TAFE Gippsland Jobs and Skills Centre 1300 282 317.