The Australian government has agreed on a new rule for native forest regeneration projects under the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF).
The Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Amendment (Regeneration Projects) Rule 2022 takes effect on 8 April 20221. It allows the Agriculture Minister to prevent native forest regeneration projects from going ahead if they will have an adverse impact on agricultural production or regional communities.
The new rule allows the Agriculture Minister from 8 April 2022 to prevent native forest regeneration projects from going ahead if they will have an adverse impact on agricultural production or regional communities.
It applies to proposed new projects, and expansions of existing projects, under 2 ERF methods:
The new rule will apply to native forest regeneration projects covering more than 15 hectares and more than one third of a farm.
All native forest regeneration projects will also be required to report on their compliance with state, territory and local government laws on managing pests and weeds.
The new rule was adopted following public consultation.
For information on this consultation and the changes, email the department: ERFForests@industry.gov.au.