Working with Wood

Working With Wood

Many people who work with wood – from carpenters and builders to joiners, cabinetmakers, boat builders, musical instrument makers, hobby woodworkers and those in the forestry and timber processing industries – share a love of its natural beauty and ageless appeal.

On this page you’ll find an introduction to some of these areas - if you would like to see a site listed here, please contact us, including the URL and the reasons why you think it should be included.

Careers in the wood industry

From forestry to carpentry, there are a wide range of careers open to people who would like to work with wood. A substantial contributor to the Australian economy, the industry directly and indirectly employs hundreds of thousands of people.

If you are interested in working in the wood industry, the following links may be useful places to start:

The Australian Forest Products Association

The Australian Forest Products Association was formed by the merger of Australian Plantations, Products and Paper Industry Council (A3P) and the National Association of Forest Industries (NAFI).

The Australian Government

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

Design and construction


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.

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Timber Development Association

The Timber Development Association (NSW) site with a wide range of information.

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Australia Cabinet & Furniture Association (ACFA)

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


Carpentry Australia

A national representative organisation for people working or training in the carpentry trade.

The Wooden Boat Association

The Wooden Boat Association comprises groups from throughout Australia and is open to all owners, builders, restorers and lovers of boats made of wood, including old, new, carvel, clinker, ply and composite construction.

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Did you know?

Australia’s 1.9 million hectares of timber plantations produce about two-thirds of the timber products consumed by Australians each year.