• Institute of Foresters of Australia

    Institute of Foresters of Australia

    The IFA is Australia's only professional body for foresters and other forestry professionals.


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    Become an IFA member to gain valuable forest-related training, access to publications and professional industry recognition.


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IFA News


Date: Sunday 26 May 2019 Location: Mount Cole/ Beaufort (approx. 50 km W of Ballarat) Time: 10.15am – 4.00pm approx. An insightful day to see many aspects of sustainable forest...

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Forest Valuations – Taking a Broader Perspective - Seminar

Seminar & optional field day Date: Thursday 23 & Friday 24 May 2019Location: Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, Tasmania About: For the next workshop of the IFA Forest Valuation...

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ANZIF August 2019 - Call for papers

The Institute of foresters of Australia and New Zealand Institute of Forestry call for papers for our joint conference in August, 2019. Please submit a title and abstract of no more...

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IFA AGM - Monday 3rd September 2018

The IFA AGM will be held at University House, ANU, 1 Balmain Cres ACT 2601 on Monday 3rd September 2018 at 5.30pm. Notice of AGM, Agenda and Proxy Form as follows: Notice of AGM,...

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  • Registered Professional Forester Professional foresters
  • Association of Consulting Foresters of Australia Consulting foresters
  • Professional foresters

    The Registered Professional Forester (RPF) scheme is a formal registration system that offers quality assurance on people with forestry expertise. The scheme is administered by the Institute of Foresters of Australia and is available to members and non-members of IFA.


  • Consulting foresters

    The Association of Consulting Foresters of Australia (ACFA) was established in 1978 in response to the need to promote and protect the credibility and competence of Australia's consulting foresters. ACFA now operates as a Division of the IFA and members are known both as ACFA members and consulting foresters.


Honorary Membership

Any person may be invited to be an Honorary Member of the Institute where that person has made an outstanding contribution or conducted outstanding scientific work in subjects allied to forestry. Current Honorary members are:

Mr Keith Gould (2017)

Mr Alan Brown (2013)

Dr Ross Florence (2002)

Mr Dick Perry (1996)

Mr John Brooks (1995)

Fellow Membership

Any current Voting Member of the Institute who in the opinion of the Board has rendered outstanding service to forestry and the Institute may be invited to be a Fellow of the Institute. For information on nominating a member as a Fellow see instructions at the bottom of this page.

  • Dr Gary Bacon
  • Mr Ian Barnes
  • Mr Tony Bartlett
  • Mr Frank Batini
  • Mr George Baur
  • Dr David (Ian) Bevege
  • Mr Michael Bleby
  • Mr Robert Boardman
  • Dr David Boomsma
  • Mr Jack Bradshaw
  • Mr Alan Brown
  • Mr Peter Bulman
  • Mr David Cameron
  • Mr Nick Cameron
  • Dr Kerrie Catchpoole
  • Mr Noel (Phil) Cheney
  • Mrs Heather Crompton
  • Mr Peter Crowe
  • Dr Dick Curtin
  • Mr Frank Curtin
  • Mr Barrie Dexter
  • Dr David Doley
  • Mr Don Douglas
  • Dr Johannes Drielsma
  • Mr Alan Eddy
  • Mr Norman Endacott
  • Mr Gary Featherston
  • Mr Kenneth Felton
  • Prof Ian Ferguson
  • Mr Don Frankcombe
  • Mr David Gough
  • Dr Peter Greig
  • Mr Neil Humphreys
  • Mr John Jack
  • Dr William Jackson
  • Mr Keith Jennings
  • Mr Emil Johnston (d)
  • Mr Paul Jones
  • Mr Vic Jurskis
  • Mr Peter Kanowski (Snr)
  • Prof Peter Kanowski
  • Mr Graeme King
  • Dr Jerry Leech
  • Mr Norm Lewis
  • Mr John Macgregor-Skinner
  • Dr Frank McKinnell
  • Mr John Meachem
  • Mr Robert Newman
  • Dr Doland Nichols
  • Mr Ellis Nicholson
  • Mr Patrick O'Shaughnessy
  • Mr Neil Parker (d)
  • Dr Leon Pederick
  • Mr Edgar Pfeiffer
  • Mr Mark Poynter
  • Dr Bryant Richards
  • Mr Ernest Rider
  • Mr Evan Rolley
  • Mr Peter Sheehan
  • Dr Raymond Spencer
  • Mr Don Spriggins
  • Dr Robert Thistlethwaite
  • Dr Brian Turner
  • Mr Roger Underwood
  • Prof Jerry Vanclay
  • Mr Robert Van Schie
  • Dr Peter Volker
  • Mr Jim Walker
  • Mr Gary Waugh
  • Mr David Wettenhall
  • Mr Graham Wilkinson
  • Mr Jim Williamson
  • Mr Ronald Wilson
  • Mr David Wood
  • Mr Tim Yorkston

Nominating a member to become a Fellow

The IFA will from time to time call for nominations from Divisions for Fellows.

A Fellow is any Voting Member of the Institute who in the opinion of the Board has rendered outstanding service to forestry and the Institute.

The person must be proposed and seconded in writing to the Chair of their Division by Voting Members of that person’s same Division. The proposal is to be accompanied by a written citation in support of the proposal.

The Division forwards the request to the Board and the Board, at its discretion, may invite the nominee to be a Fellow.

The Board will take into account that the total number of Fellows of the Institute should not exceed ten per cent of Voting Members; however the Board can exercise discretion in determining the number of Fellows.

In the event that the Board does not approve the invitation of a person to the grade of Fellow, the Chair of the appropriate Divisional Committee shall be notified in confidence of that outcome. 

A prospective Fellow may decline the Institute’s invitation to be a Fellow of the Institute and the invitation and declination shall remain confidential. 

This information is taken from clauses 6 to 9a of the IFA Regulations.

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IFA Publications

The IFA supports three regular publications

In addition the IFA makes freely available other occasional publications including IFA Policy Statements, media releases and submissions.