17 December 2021

The ARC Training Centre for Forest Value was established in 2016 with funding of $3.7 million over five years through the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Program (ITRP), with significant  additional support from industry partners and the University of Tasmania. The Centre aimed to train industry ready research fellows and PhD graduates across the forest industries supply chain.  

Over its five years the Centre has had outstanding success with 11 core PhD candidates, four post-doctoral research fellows and numerous associated students and fellows delivering impactful research outcomes. Some of these stories were featured in a 2020 ARChway article, Training the next generation of researchers for the forestry industry. The Centre has published over 150 scientific research articles and has been active in promoting innovative results across the forest industry.  

The Centre has recently published an project outcomes booklet which highlights some of its key findings, which is available on the Centre’s website.  

The research program of the Centre was managed under four themes that spanned the forest products supply chain. The four themes focused on forest production, products and manufacturing, supply chain integration and information management, and socio-economics. 

Training Centre Director, Associate Professor Julianne O’Reilly-Wapstra, says that the ARC’s ITRP scheme was a highly successful funding platform for their research, that brought universities and industry together to find real solutions to industry challenges.  

Some of those industry partners included: Sustainable Timber Tasmania, Forico, Greening Australia, Private Forests Tasmania, Forest Practices Authority, Neville Smith Forest Products, SFM Environmental Solutions and Forest and Wood Products Australia. 

‘It has been a pleasure being involved in this iteration of the Centre for Forest Value,’ said Associate Professor O’Reilly-Wapstra. 

‘I am proud of the achievements of the students, postdoctoral fellows and staff and am confident that we have delivered impactful outcomes for the industry.’  

In November 2021 the ARC ITRP phase of the Centre came to an end, and the Centre will continue to deliver research and research training in the forest industries through newly secured funding. 


ARC Training Centre for Forest Value students, staff and industry colleagues in the field during an annual roadshow.
Credit: ARC Training Centre for Forest Value. 
ARC Training Centre for Forest Value staff and industry partners.
Credit: ARC Training Centre for Forest Value.