Sawmill Voluntary Transition Package VIC

This program provides payments for eligible sawmills that will be impacted by the cessation of commercial native timber harvesting in state forests by 1 January 2024.
This grant is currently closed to applications

What do you get?

Funding varies.

Who is this for?

Eligible VIC sawmills.


The Sawmill Voluntary Transition Package is a payment the Victorian Government will make to sawmills to cease purchasing sawlogs under a Timber Sale Agreement or Forest Produce Licence from Victorian State forests prior to 1 January 2024 and surrender their Timber Sale Agreement.

Eligible sawmills can apply for a package including:

  • A payment for the contracted or licensed volume of sawlog that will not be supplied or made available in 2023–24.
  • A payment of up to $1 million per business for non-fully depreciated plant and equipment used to process native timber from Victorian State forests.
  • A payment of up to $150,000 for sawmill site rehabilitation.
  • A payment to cover employee statutory redundancy costs.

Check if you can apply

The scheme is open to Victorian-based hardwood sawmills that:

  • have a current Timber Sale Agreement with VicForests that includes the supply of E grade or better sawlog from 1 July 2023 to 30 June 2024
  • have a Forest Produce Licence administered by VicForests that includes the supply of box ironbark, red gum, durable, common or mixed species sawlog from 1 July 2023 to 30 June 2024
  • currently produce sawn timber products as its main output (excluding posts, poles and firewood)
  • have a dedicated sawmilling site on private land
  • hold a current registered Australian business number (ABN)
  • declare that they meet all industrial relations obligations as an employer in accordance with the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) National Employment Standards.

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