NIFPI Launceston and Mount Gambier Centres 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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Program Objective

The National Institute for Forest Products Innovation aims to grow Australia’s forest and forest products industry by exploring and facilitating innovation in the plantation forest products sector in areas such as forest management, timber processing, wood fibre recovery, value adding, advanced manufacturing and the bio-economy.

NIFPI Priorities


Launceston Centre
called for project proposals to conduct research and development projects in (but not limited to) the following priority areas relating to
Tasmania’s forest resources:
i) improved utilisation of the forest resource
ii) new product development
iii) non-timber forest products and services
iv) improved efficiency and safety along the supply chain

Mount Gambier Centre
called for project proposals to conduct research and development projects in (but not limited to) the following priority areas relating to the Green Triangle’s plantation resources:
i) Development of new products – composites, extractives, bioenergy
a. Better utilisation of pine core wood
b. Better value recovery from waste products of log and timber manufacturing
c. Energy utilisation and management strategies
ii) Innovative, safe and efficient work places
a. Improved safety and productivity outcomes through improved understanding of Fatigue Management throughout the forestry supply chain
b. Develop innovative systems to transport new and existing products
c. Maximisation of output efficiency and safety of local processing facilities
iii) Tree Growing
a. Forest Health: Surveillance and monitoring across the Green Triangle region
b. Improvements relating to genetic gain to maximise/optimise fibre production
iv) Precision Management
a. Fire detection systems using technology for rapid and reliable detection
b. Application of remotely acquired data and remote sensing technologies
c. Improved provision and utilisation of resource and product properties into and out of mills
v) Social Licence
a. Better understanding of groundwater flow patterns
b. Best practice plantation water use monitoring and soil moisture measurement
vi) Robotics, automation and Artificial Intelligence
a. Better use of data streams (e.g. Robotics and automation systems).

Projects are not limited to these priority areas if they can demonstrate innovation and potential benefit across a wide cross – section of the plantation and forest products industry. There is an expectation that outcomes of projects will have national applicability where practicable and relevant.