Working With Wood

Thursday, 16th Jun 2022

Careers in the wood industry

From forestry to carpentry, there are a wide range of careers open to people who are interested in working with wood. The wood industry is a substantial contributor to the Australian economy and it both directly and indirectly employs hundreds of thousands of people.

If you are interested in working in the wood industry, follow the links below to get started.

Many people who work with wood share a love for its natural beauty and ageless appeal; from carpenters, builders, joiners, cabinet makers, boat builders, musical instrument makers, hobby woodworkers, those in the forestry and timber processing industries and so many more. In addition to its visual appeal, wood is naturally renewable and sustainable!

On this page, you will find an introduction to some of these areas. We also have links to access useful information to guide your search. Also, if you would like to see a website listed here, please contact us and include the URL and the reasons why you think it should be included.

Forestry & Agriculture

The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA)

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AFPA represents all elements of the value chain from the sustainable harvesting of plantations and multiple use natural forest resource including forest establishment and management, harvesting and haulage, processing of timber resources and manufacture of pulp, paper and bioproducts.

The Australian Government

Forestry - Department of Agriculture

The Australian Government Department of Agriculture site includes links to sites and extensive information about many primary industries, including forestry.


Design & Construction

Australian Institute of Building Surveyors


The Australian Institute of Building Surveyors is recognised nationally and internationally as the peak professional body representing Building Surveying practitioners in Australia.

Australian Institute of Landscape Architects


As the peak body for Landscape Architecture in Australia since 1966, AILA represents members’ interests at the very highest levels. In this, they are governed by an elected board of directors who receive strategic support from our state chapters.

Master Builders Australia


Master Builders Australia promotes the interests, viewpoints and contribution of its 32,000 members and Australia's $200 billion building and construction industry.

Master Builders is the only national voice representing all sectors of the industry. Comprised of firms large and small our members include large national, international, residential and commercial builders and civil contractors , smaller local sub-contractors, suppliers and professional industry advisers.

Timber Development Association (TDA)

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The Timber Development Association of New South Wales is an industry-funded association representing all segments of the timber industry, from forestry, manufacture to supply.


WoodSolutions |

A national wood and wood products industry website, this is designed to provide information to architects, engineers and other building and design professionals.

Hundreds of pages of information and downloads include:

Case Studies, information relating to the design, construction and use of timber products in buildings, Technical Design Guides, span tables, standards information and other downloadable resources.


Woodwork & Craft

Australia Cabinet & Furniture Association (ACFA)


The ACFA is the peak association serving the furnishing, cabinet making, kitchen and joinery industries for over 70 years.

Australian Furnishing Association


The Australasian Furnishing Association (AFA) is the peak Australian industry association for the furniture sector supply chain. Collectively the industry employs more than 250,000 Australians. The AFA is the recognised voice of the Furnishing Industry by government, media and the general public.

AFA Membership includes manufacturers, importers and exporters of residential and commercial furniture, suppliers to the industry, retailers, allied associations, key stakeholders (such as testing and training organisations), designers and individuals. AFA Members benefit from being part of a collective and respected voice.

Carpentry Australia

Carpentry Australia – Building Excellence

Carpentry Australia is a representative organization for people who are working or training in the carpentry trade.

The Wooden Boat Association

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The Wooden Boat Association is comprised of groups throughout Australia that is open to all owners, builders, restorers and lovers of wooden boats. It includes a variety of wooden boat workers and enthusiasts who enjoy old, new, carvel, clinker, ply and composite construction.

Forest Regrowing

Did you know?

Logs from plantations cannot produce the sawn hardwood timber produced from logs currently harvested from native forests.