Going strong since 1935, the Institute of Foresters of Australia is a professional body with over 1100 members engaged in all branches of forest management and conservation in Australia. The Institute is strongly committed to the principles of sustainable forest management and the processes and practices which translate these principles into outcomes.
The membership represents all segments of the forestry profession, including public and private practitioners engaged in many aspects of forestry, nature conservation, resource and land management, research, administration and education. Membership is not restricted to professional foresters. Other forestry professionals are welcome to join IFA.
The IFA is registered nationally as a Company Limited by Guarantee operating under a Constitution. The ‘Objects’ of the Institute are:
To advance and protect the cause of forestry
To maintain a high standard of qualification in persons engaged in the practice of forestry
To promote professional standards and ethical practice among those engaged in forestry
To promote social intercourse between persons engaged in forestry
To publish and make educational, marketing and other materials available to those engaged in forestry
To provide the services of the Institute to forestry organisations inside Australia and in overseas countries as the Board may deem appropriate.
There are Divisions of the IFA in each State and the Australian Capital Territory, headed by the Divisional Chair and coordinated through volunteer Committees.
The Association of Consulting Foresters of Australia (ACFA) is a national Division of IFA.
The IFA is a member of the following organisations.