Goal 3: Ensure efficient, effective and safe delivery of business outcomes

“We are self-sustaining and profitable and continue to invest in the long-term economic health of the timber industry in regional Western Australia.”

Staff snapshot

We employ 224 people across our work sites, with 71 per cent of our staff located in regional towns. This includes permanent full time and permanent part time employees, fixed term contract and casual employees and trainees (data is based on last pay period in 2019/20).

Type of staff FTE Headcount
Permanent full-time employees (excludes Attached Officers) 139 139
Permanent part-time employees 15.31 22
Fixed-term full-time employees 17 17
Fixed-term part-time employees 3.2 4
Seconded in FPC 2 2
Attached officer seconded out from FPC 0 0
Attached officers 0 0
Trainees - 3
Casuals - 37
Total 176.51 224
     
Staff working inside metro area - 65
Staff working outside metro area - 159
Total - 224

In line with State Government requirements, the FPC had zero leave outside of guidelines in 2019-2020. 

Photo caption: We employ over 200 people in eight offices located between Carnarvon, Kalgoorlie, the South-west and Esperance.

Research

We initiated a fertiliser response program with the Forest and Wood Products Association for pine plantations across the South West of WA. This project is using tree growth information from a wide range of fertiliser trials, which has been recorded from WA plantations over the past 30 years and should assist forest managers in predicting the most suitable fertiliser rates for a variety of plantations.

We continued long-term studies on natural sandalwood population age and size structure and the benefits of seed enrichment in the Goldfields and Mid-West.

We have also begun a new sandalwood seeding trial in the Mid-West to help determine methods to enhance moisture retention levels around the planted sandalwood and aid germination. In these semi-arid regions, low autumn and winter rainfall can often limit germination success.

Photo caption: We continue to invest in long term researchprograms across all three sectors of our business.

FPC’s Integrated Forest Management System

We continue to improve our Integrated Forest Management System.

During the last financial year, we were externally audited against the International Standard ISO 14001: 2015 (for an Environmental Management System) and the Responsible Wood Sustainable Forest Management Standard (SFM) AS 4708: 2013. Our primary forest certification, SFM, is internationally recognised by the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification® (PEFC®).

A key change to our SFM certification has been the inclusion of non-active mining tenements to enable the recovery and utilisation of forest products that would otherwise be wasted as a result of mining activities.

Occupational safety and health

We took major steps toward improving the safety of the forest industry this year, working with staff and industry to ensure everyone is engaged in the goal of working safely.

We continued to engage with FIFWA, the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) and the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU)/Civil Service Association (CSA) on Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) matters. The FPC is committed to working collaboratively with the forest industry to drive improvements in safety at an industry level. The FPC is a member of the Forest Industry Safety and Training Committee (FISTCo) which meets monthly and includes representatives across all sectors of the supply chain.

FISTCo successfully launched the Talking Safety Forum initiative designed to engage industry with the FPC hosting a Forum in November 2019. Industry recognised the need for a whole of industry safety action plan and the FIFWA Safety Health and Training Project Officer and FISTCo is currently working on the development of an industry led Safety Action Plan and standardisation of training requirements and incident reporting.

Our OHS committee is a three-tiered structure to ensure safety management is discussed at all levels with employee involvement – Strategic, Organisational and Local office OHS Committees. We recognise that safety is everyone’s responsibility and have a range of strategies to optimise engagement with FPC staff, contractors and customers including via safety alerts, toolbox meetings, site visits, training and workshops.

We continued to focus on driver safety with a key focus on fatigue management. The FPC sponsored the FISTCo ‘Fatigue’ Talking Safety forums held in Manjimup and Albany and we continue to work with staff to reduce driving through a range of strategies, including using virtual meetings to minimise travel. COVID-19 has fast-tracked the uptake of virtual meeting technology across the agency and the FPC works with staff to make sure these gains are on-going.