Forestry Act 1959 - Queensland

Service summary

To manage and protect state forests and state owned forest resources.

The Chief Executive may exercise all the powers, functions and authority and shall perform all the duties specifically conferred or imposed upon him by this Act.

The Act applies mainly to state forest areas and makes provision for:

classification and reservation of state forests and timber reserves and management of these areas;

specialised management within state forests relating to:

  • regulating movement of motor vehicles
  • forest parks and forest drives
  • feature protection areas and scientific areas

granting of permits and the conditions and requirements relating to:

  • stock grazing
  • apiary sites
  • camping and occupation of sites in forests
  • searching for and collecting of minerals, forest products and quarry materials
  • tour operations in state forests
  • imposing of conditions and reservations on leases, permits, licences and authorities applied for under the Mineral Resources Act 1989
  • control and prohibition of fires on state forest land
  • penalties for offences against the Act.

The regulation prescribes fees for permits and licences and sets out controls and restrictions on activities in recreation areas, state forests and timber reserves.

The following Subordinate Legislation should be examined:

  • Forestry Regulation 2015

The following Guides or Booklets are available:

A range of information publications is available through the regional offices of the department.

Service type

Regulatory Obligation

An obligation defined in law. A business must comply with relevant services.

Definition of terms

Forest products

forest products means all vegetable growth and material of vetetable origin whether living or dead and whether standing or fallen, including timber, and, in relation to a State forest, timber reserve or forest entitlement area the term includes -

  1. honey;
  2. all form of indigenous animal life;
  3. any nest, bower, shelter or structure of any form of indigenous animal life;
  4. fossil remains;
  5. relics;
  6. quarry material; but does not include grasses on a stock route under the Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002, or grasses (indigenous or introduced) or crops grown on a Crown holding by the lessee or by the licensee or on a forest entitlement area by the lesee or owner.

Additional information

Where state forest areas are involved the provisions of this Act may affect business activities also regulated by other Acts, eg. Land Act 1994, Apiaries Act 1982, Fire and Rescue Authority Act 1990, Timber Utilisation and Marketing Act 1987, Sawmills Licensing Act 1936, Mineral Resources Act 1989, Fossicking Act 1994.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries are jointly responsible for the administration for the Act.



Appeal process


Compliance Mechanisms and Penalties:

Forest officers have powers to monitor and enforce compliance with the Act including serving of infringement notices and seizing of timber, beehives, vehicles, vessels and other property related to a suspected offence.

Breaches of the Act can result in suspension or cancellation of a permit, licence or other authority, and fines may be imposed for the offences.

Review or Appeal Mechanisms:

An appeal seeking return of a seized vehicle, vessel or other property may be made to a Magistrates Court.

Administering agency

Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service

Contact details

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service

Mailing address:
PO Box 15187


13 QGOV (13 74 68)

Supporting information


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