About

Who we are

SAFPA was formed in June 2020 and is a Committee of the Board of the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) under a special delegation.

SAFPA represents all elements of the value chain from the sustainable establishment and management of plantations, harvesting and haulage, processing of timber resources and manufacture of products and bioproducts.

SAFPA is a policy development, lobbying and advocacy organisation for our members interests.  We collaborate strongly with other industry bodies to ensure the best outcomes for the industry generally and our members more specifically.  Our charter provides autonomy to manage State issues and we cooperate with AFPA on any issue that transcends State borders and has National implications.

SAFPA have established a sub-committee structure to ensure the range of issues affecting the industry in South Australia are actively managed and that the workload is shared across the membership.

Objectives of SAFPA

To provide a vehicle for effective and efficient policy determination for the forest and forest products industry in South Australia.

Shape, prioritise and drive development of forest and forest products sector South Australian policy (or policy with South Australian ramifications) for the benefit of the Industry.

Raise the profile of the industry in South Australia with community opinion leaders, for the purpose of ensuring the industry is relevant, profitable and sustainable.

Develop and champion environmental, social, safety, ethical and other standards for adoption in the industry.

Raise the profile of the industry in South Australia with community opinion leaders, for the purpose of ensuring the industry is relevant, profitable and sustainable.

Develop and maintain cohesive and positive working relationships with other bodies within the Industry.

Influence and contribute to policy development of AFPA, Chambers within AFPA and the broader forest and forest products industries.

Our Team

Our CEO

Nathan Paine

For the past decade, Nathan has been at the forefront of Australia’s property industry, driving national debate and influencing public policy at the highest levels of state and federal government. 

His skillsets was developed and drawn upon in his previous roles as Executive Director of the South Australian Division and then Chief Commercial Officer of the Property Council of Australia.

For eight years, Nathan was with the Property Council of Australia – as Chief Commercial Officer, responsible for the commercial operations of the Property Council nationally, and as Executive Director (South Australia). 

In this role, he was the chief political advocate for the property industry in South Australia, building strong networks, a high profile and enviable reputation within the sector and broader community. 

Prior, he worked for the state’s peak business group – Business SA – as Chief Political Advocate and as the federal lobbyist for the Motor Traders Association of Australia in Canberra.