As specified in the Work Plan 2013 - 2019 the levy can fund:
- Work to improve the sustained profitability of forest growing relative to competing land uses
- Research based on the NZ Forestry Science and Innovation Plan. For more details, see below.
- The promotion of timber through the NZ Wood brand and other activities including the promotion of wood as the preferred material for the Christchurch rebuild
- Communication with all forest owners about industry activities, news and trends relevant to their forest growing business
- Policy development, codes of practice, advocacy and other activities designed to reduce the risks and costs associated with forest management; and to ensure the industry maintains its 'licence to operate'.
A large proportion of the work programme is managed by committees managed by FOA. The committees are made up of representatives of FOA and FFA members, who provide their time on an in-kind basis. A number of the committees also have relevant co-opted participantswho do not have voting rights. These committees are:
- Forest health & biosecurity
- Fire prevention and management
- Health, safety and training
- Research and development
- Promotions and marketing
- Farm Forestry Information Transfer
This work is explained in more detail in the Annual Work Plan