8 August 2018 | Conference

9 August 2018 | FISC Workshop


15 August 2018 | Conference

16 August 2018 | Safety Workshop

Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

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The Forest Industry Safety & Technology conference showcases new practices, systems and tools for improving forest safety – focused on local and practical outcomes.
Over 500 forestry contractors, managers, owners, health & safety leaders, harvest planners, transport operators and government representatives attended each of our last Safety Summits in 2015 and 2017.


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Event Details

#1 People and Culture

This will be our primary focus as it is a strong driver of safety improvement. Our keynote speaker for these sessions will be focused on how CEOs need to initiate and own changes in safety attitudes. Other speakers will continue with this theme on what drives culture change and how everyone in the workplace can benefit from learning from incidents in a informative and positive way.

#2 Technologies and Systems

At the same time as software is making safety administration easier, machinery technologies are changing fast at the leading edge of primary and extraction industries. Our focus is to bring the leaders with relevant experience In exciting new technologies can help us in forestry. Technologies from within (think Waratah’s developments on chainshot) and autonomous control from outside (think Rio Tinto’s Mine of the Future at Pilbara) can be profitably adapted, adopted and successfully employed in forestry sector.

Event Dates & Locations

8 August 2018 | Conference
9 August 2018 | FISC Workshop

Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
15 August 2018 | Conference
16 August 2018 | Safety Workshop

Who will be Attending?

  • Forestry contractors
  • Forestry managers
  • Forestry owners
  • Forestry consultants
  • Health & safety leaders
  • Harvest planners
  • Transport operators
  • Government representatives

Event Programme

We are working closely with a wide range of New Zealand, Australian and international companies, service suppliers, researchers and government bodies to develop a strong and innovative programme.
If you have any questions about the programme, please contact John Stulen on john.stulen@fiea.org.nz or (+64) 7 921 1382.

Pre-Conference Networking Function  –  7 August 2018, New Zealand Only


Conference –  8 August 2018, New Zealand | 15 August 2018, Australia

  • Safety culture in harvesting teams
  • Safety and productivity – how your crew can have both
  • Leadership and safety culture case studies
  • Contractor certification
  • Robotic technology and how this combats the risks of steep-slope harvesting
  • International forest safety experiences, case studies and best practice models
  • Health and safety initiatives around forestry and wood transport operations

Post-Conference Workshop  –  9 August 2018, New Zealand | 16 August 2018, Australia


Print versions of both programmes will be coming soon.

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

The Forest Safety 2018 Conference will be a tremendous opportunity for companies involved in forest safety to maximise their exposure to New Zealand and Australian forestry companies. This is a major event for this regions forestry sector and the last event, back in 2017, attracted over 500 industry representatives.

Exhibition spaces at this event are at a premium. FIEA has a well-deserved reputation of providing both sponsors and exhibitors with a unique platform for promoting their products and services to the industry in BOTH New Zealand and Australia.

For a full range of sponsorship options and benefits for Forest Industry Safety & Technology 2018, or upcoming FIEA technology programmes planned, please contact Gordon Thomson, Sponsorship Manager.

Gordon Thomson, Sponsorship Manager, (+64) 7 921 1384 or (+64) 27 275 8022, gordon.thomson@fiea.org.nz.

Event Sponsors

FIEA Partners

Media Partners

Event Supporters


Distinction Rotorua Hotel, NEW ZEALAND

390 Fenton Street, Rotorua, New Zealand

With its beautiful garden setting and located just minutes from the city centre, Distinction Rotorua Hotel is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a big day at the conference. After the event, this hotel is also a great base to enjoy the wealth of attractions and activities Rotorua has to offer.

Free car parking is available at the venue, however spaces are limited and hotel guests take priority.

Special accommodation rates are available to delegates for a limited time:

  • $170 Superior Room
  • $190 Deluxe Room
  • $250 Hotel Suites

All rates include GST and are per room per night, based on single or double share occupancy.

Please book accommodation directly with the Distinction Rotorua Hotel via the online booking button below. If you have difficulties in using the online booking, you can call 0800 654 789, (+64) 7 349 5200 or email reservations@distinctionrotorua.co.nz.

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Bayview Eden Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

6 Queens Road, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Perfectly positioned for business and pleasure. Bayview Eden Melbourne is located adjacent to the beautiful Albert Park Lake & Golf Course and close to all Melbourne has to offer.

Special accommodation rates are available to delegates for a limited time:

  • $162 – Superior Queen or Twin Room only
  • $182 – Superior Queen or Twin Room with breakfast (extra breakfast + $20)

Accommodation rates include GST.

For reservations phone (+61) 3 9250 2222, email bayvieweden@bayviewhotels.com or book directly via the hotel website. Please state you are attending this conference when booking.

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Registration Rates

Please Note

  • All prices exclude 15% GST for the New Zealand event and 10% GST for the Australian event.
  • Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) member discounts of 10-25% apply on ALL listed Conference Rates. FIEA Membership Details and Benefits can be seen on www.fiea.org.nz. Membership status and discounts available can be checked by calling our FIEA offices.
  • A credit card fee of 2.5% applies to New Zealand credit card transactions and 2.2% for Australian credit card transactions.
  • The Association Rate is available to all Supporting Association Members. A list of Associations can be found via this link. A discount code is required and can be obtained by contacting your Association directly.
  • To be eligible for any special rates, registrations and payment must be received on or BEFORE the dates listed. All discounts require payment at time of registration and before the cut-off date in order to receive any discount.
  • Any discounts offered (including group discounts) require payment at the time of registration.
  • Your conference registration payment covers the morning and afternoon teas, lunches, refreshments, a conference handbook and access to presentations (electronic download for those presentations where presenter approval has been given).
  • The Pre-Conference Workshops can be selected when registering for the Conference. Only Conference Delegates can register for the workshops. Spaces are limited.
  • Cancellation policy: For cancellations made on or before Friday 11 May 2018, a 10% administration fee applies. Cancellations received after this date are non-refundable, however, they are transferrable. Please allow 30 days for refunds to be processed. If you wish to transfer your registration to another individual from within your company, please provide us with at least 24 hours advance notice.
  • The organisers reserve the right to change the programme when required.
  • Click here for our full terms and conditions.



Since 1998 the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA), a division of Innovatek Ltd, has run an extensive series of technology related events for Australasian forest products companies. Over 200 conferences, trade shows and exhibitions have been run for local companies.

FIEA’s objective is to improve the performance and productive capability of forestry and wood products companies in the region. It is now recognized as one of the most effective information providers for the Australasian forestry & wood products industries.

FIEA Contact Details

  (+64) 7 921 1382
  1800 126 398 (from Australia)

  • Rotorua Office

    Forest Industry Engineering Association
    Building X91, Sala Street,
    Rotorua 3010, New Zealand

    PO Box 1230,
    Rotorua 3040, New Zealand

    Ph (+64) 7 921 1382

  • Dunedin Office

    Forest Industry Engineering Association
    c/o Distinction Dunedin Hotel,
    6 Liverpool Street,
    Dunedin 9016, New Zealand

    PO Box 904,
    Dunedin 9054, New Zealand

    Ph (+64) 3 470 1902

Forest Industry Engineering Association: A division of Innovatek Ltd

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