About Us

The National Institute for Forest Products Innovation is committed to promoting and encouraging innovation in Australia’s forest and wood products industry. The Australian, South Australian and Tasmanian Governments combined initial commitment of $8 million has enabled the two National Institute for Forest Products Innovation Centres to be established. The Centres are based at Mount Gambier and Launceston, and exist to provide a major boost to the forest industries in those regions and the thousands of regional jobs they support. The South Australian Centre will be headquartered at the University of South Australia in Mount Gambier and the Tasmanian Centre at the University of Tasmania in Launceston.
Both State Governments committed $2 million over the initial four years towards the operations of their local Centre, while the Australian Government committed $4 million at the project level between the two. Additional financial support is anticipated to be received from industry. The National Institute for Forest and Wood Products Innovation comprises two innovation Centres, each playing a vital role in supporting cutting-edge research, fostering collaboration, boosting innovation, increasing profitability, maintaining jobs and growing the market. Industry-driven regional advisory committees in South Australia and Tasmania work to determine each Centre’s research priorities and projects. The committees look to support world’s best practice projects that will have a tangible impact on the forest sector.

NIFPI Launceston and Mount Gambier Centre Objectives and Outcomes

Program Objective
The Launceston and Mount Gambier Centres of the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation aim to grow Australia’s forest and forest products industry by exploring and facilitating innovation in the forest products sector in areas such as forest management, timber processing, wood fibre recovery, value adding, advanced manufacturing and the bio-economy.
Innovation is defined as an idea that translates to a solution that industry adopts.
Outcome Statement
“Improving the returns to industry and the community from our plantation and native forest estates consistent with their sustainable management”.
The outcome statements for the NIFPI Launceston and Mount Gambier Centres are consistent with the Vision and Growth Objectives outlined in Transforming Australia’s Forest Products Industry (Recommendations from the Forest Industry Advisory Council) and in the Tasmanian Forest Industry Growth Strategy (A Strategic Growth Plan for the Tasmanian Forests, Fine Timber and Wood Fibre Industry, MAC 2017).
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