Autumn: 1 March to 30 June
Spring: 1 September to 30 November
Firewood available for collection is green and should be stacked for 12 months to dry before it is suitable for burning.
If there is a fire danger risk the relevant firewood collection season may be shortened.
Some firewood collection areas can be subject to planned burning activity and may be closed at short notice.
Additional firewood collection areas may be opened throughout the season.
Roadside collection is generally managed by VicRoads or local governments.
Firewood collection is not allowed on roads managed by VicRoads but you can seek permission from local governments. Roadside collection in State forests is only allowed in designated areas.
The legislation and regulations that establish the rules for domestic firewood collection are:
- Forests Act 1958
- Forests (Domestic Firewood) Regulations 2012
- Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978
- Crown Land (Reserves) (Domestic Firewood) Regulations 2010.
There are heavy penalties for not complying with these rules, including fines of up to 50 penalty units (current value of the maximum fine is $7,928.50) or one year imprisonment.
- On-the spot fines are issued for a range of offences, including:
- taking more than the daily limit of 2 cubic metres of firewood from a firewood collection area during a firewood collection season
- cutting or taking wood for domestic firewood use from state forest outside a designated firewood collection area
- bringing heavy vehicles / machinery into a firewood collection area
- collecting firewood within 20 metres of a watercourse
- cutting live or dead standing trees
- cutting or taking a visibly hollow log or a log growing moss or fungi
- driving off road.
- Under the Forests (Domestic Firewood) Regulations 2012 it is an offence to:
- tow or winch fallen trees along the ground
- fill a chainsaw with oil or fuel unless it is on an impermeable surface
DELWP and Parks Victoria conduct routine, random or targeted patrols of forest areas, and authorised officers issue on-the-spot fines for firewood offences, with an option to take people to court for major offences.
If you would like to report an offence or misconduct please contact our Customer Service Centre on 136 186.
The Department of Health and Human Services provides Non-Mains Energy Concession to assist Victorian concession households that rely on firewood, LPG and other non- mains methods for heating and cooking.
For more information visit the Department of Human Services Vic.
The following programs can help households improve their home energy efficiency, save on energy bills and/or adopt renewable energy:
- Victorian Energy Upgrades is a program that provides discounts for energy efficiency services and products, including lighting, heating and weather sealing. Information is available at: www.victorianenergyupgrades.vic.gov.au.
- The Home Energy Assist. This Affordable Retrofits program is helping low income households reduce their energy bills through subsidised energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades. For more information visit: www.energy.vic.gov.au/affordable-retrofits-program.
- More information and tools to save energy and money on bills can be found here: www.victorianenergysaver.vic.gov.au. Information on household energy efficiency is available at: www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/You-and-Your-Home/Save-energy