Good Practice Guide

In 2010, a decision to create a Best Practice Guidelines (BPG) for Arboriculture was made at the Annual General Meeting of the New Zealand Arboricultural Association (NZ Arb).

This decision was based on the absence of a current workable industry document, at that time, which reflected best working practices in New Zealand arboriculture. Since the existing 1994 Approved Code of Practice for Safety and Health in Tree Work Part One: Arboriculture did not fully reflect current industry practice, and there was no foreseeable publication date for the new revised code in 2010, members present at the AGM expressed the need for NZ Arb to provide direction and leadership. After considerable discussion, the outcome was to amend the latest draft version of the “Approved Code of Practice for Safety and Health in Tree Work Part One: Arboriculture” into a Best Practice Guidelines (BPG) for Safety and Health in Tree Work Part One: Arboriculture.

The NZ Arb Good Practice Guide (GPG) is a ‘living’ document which is open for submissions at any time to ensure an up-to-date document for use in the arboriculture industry.

However, in 2012, the new Approved Code of Practice for Safety and Health in Arboriculture (November 2012) was finally released and is available from the Department of Labour. To download the new ACOP (2012), please go to the ACOP web page.

Good Practice Guideline (GPG) for Arboriculture

View and download the latest version of the Good Practice Guidelines Safety Requirements for New Zealand Arboricultural Operations.

This version and all subsequent versions will be reviewed annually, your comments and submissions are welcome.


It is intended that this Good Practice Guide remains a living document and is reviewed and updated annually.

If you would like to make a submission or comment about the content of this document, or you would like to suggest additional safe working practice for Safety and Health in Tree Work please complete the submission form or email info@nzarb.org.nz
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