Category Archives: Member Updates

Major Overhaul of Environmental Law

8th December 2022

The Australian Government has released its response to the Samuel Review of the EPBC Act, a major piece of legislative reform for Australia’s central environment protection and biodiversity legislation. This development brings us one step closer to a better solution for streamlining permits for musical instruments containing endangered species. Continue reading


14th September 2022

In July 2022 we asked members for feedback about the proposals to this year’s CITES Conference of the Parties (CoP19). The relevant proposals are Ipe (p. 102), Dalbergia Sissoo (p.110), Pernambuco (p. 116), and Khaya (p. 121).

The AMA consulted with members that deal with these materials, focusing mostly on Pernambuco, also on Dalbergia sissoo and Khaya. Continue reading

CITES Update

11th July 2022

For: manufacturers & importers of wood products

Summary: The next Conference of the Parties for CITES will take place from 14-25 November, 2022. The AMA is part of an international network that monitors impacts of CITES decisions on music products. Below is an update on several items on the agenda for this year.

As a signatory to CITES treaties, decisions made at the CoP apply here in Australia, but there are some complications in the way Australia interacts with CITES. Firstly, some native species are protected in Australia but not listed as protected in this context; secondly, one of the key developments in music advocacy around CITES has been Musical Instrument Certificates, but Australia has not implemented a system of Musical Instrument Certificates.


Proposed for Appendix II with Annotation #17 – This would require permits for logs, sawn wood, veneer sheets, plywood and transformed wood.

Handroanthus spp., Roseodendron spp., Tabebuia spp., Afzelia spp., Pterocarpus spp., Khaya spp.

Proposed for Removal from Appendix II

Dalbergia sissoo

Proposed for Appendix I, with Annotation – This would impose new restrictions on commercial trade and require permits to travel with bows made from Pernambuco

Paubrasilia echinata

We also anticipate key discussions will include a U.S. proposal to improve the Musical Instrument Certificate through simplified procedures and e-permitting, as well as policy decisions related to the Annotation #15 that pertains to rosewood.