Queensland's timber industry employs around 10,000 people and delivers a $3.2 billion output.

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Timber Processing

Established in the 1850’s Queensland’s timber processing industry transforms log timber into saleable products.

The industry delivers:

  • $3.2 billion annual turnover
  • $1.0 billion in value adding to State’s economy
  • $160 million in exports
  • Employs 10,000+ people direct, plus 1.5 full time equivalent jobs created

90% of Queensland’s forest industry workforce is employed in the processing sector.  Our softwood processing industry supplies 87% of Queensland’s current softwood demand and almost quadruples value of the timber resource.  The industry consists of almost 100 processing operations stretching from Ravenshoe in Far North Queensland to the outskirts of Brisbane and provides: 

  • 8750 jobs
  • $89.2 million in wages and associated costs
  • $95.5 million paid to contractors


Forest & Timber Industry Employment MapSource: Map courtesy of the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

Primary Processing

The primary processing segment of the industry transforms the raw log from harvesting into a saleable final or intermediate product eg structural timbers, panelling, flooring, plywood, particleboard, medium density fibreboard (MDF), and pulp. 

Queensland’s primary processing plants process about 2 million cubic metres of log input each year and employ around 2,030 people.

The segment generates about $2 billion in gross output and is an important contributor to Queensland’s economy, especially in regional Queensland.

Secondary Processing

Secondary processing transforms the output of the primary processing or milling sector into wood, furniture and paper-based products ready for sale.

Key secondary processing activities range from large-scale operations that require significant financial investment and use a range of processes to manufacture products e.g. prefabricated roof trusses, strip flooring and furniture, to relatively small-scale establishments, such as joineries, using processes that require large amounts of time and human effort to produce items e.g. kitchen cupboards and wooden containers.