FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Do you sell direct?

Yes, our full product range is available to purchase via our online shop.  We also supply through our distributor network located throughout Australia and New Zealand. Please contact us for your nearest distributor.

Are your products certified to the E0 formaldehyde emission rating?

Yes, and we have also achieved Super E0 certification on all A-Bonded plywood (ie Marine, Exterior and Structural). Click to learn more.

Is your resource sustainable?

Yes, our Hoop Pine resource is 100% plantation grown and managed by HQPlantations (HQP). HQP is one of Australia’s largest tree planting organisations, establishing up to 5 million trees in its plantations each year. Click to learn more.

Do you have Chain of Custody?

Yes, the Austral Plywoods product range is certified for Chain of Custody under AS 4707:2021. Click to learn more.

Does RW plywood receive timber credits when used in "Green Star" buildings?

Yes, RW/PEFC timber is now treated equally with regards to Green Star timber credits (refer media release by Green Building Council of Australia). As plywood produced by Austral Plywoods is RW/PEFC certified, you may be able to claim Green Star credits when using our products.

Can plywood sheets be colour matched?

No, our plywood being a natural product is subject to a range of colour and grain variations. Our plywood is graded to Australian Standards for "A" and "B" veneers however variations can be apparent within these grades. It is important that the installer checks panels prior to installation to ensure they are laid out in a way that minimises variations.

What is the difference between "A" and "B" face veneers?

Veneer quality is provided for in Australian Standards as follows:

Is your plywood fire rated?

Yes, Hoop Pine plywood has been assessed at Group 3. Austral FR Panel, our Hoop Pine veneered MDF panel, complies to Group 2 and E0. For Group 1 applications we recommend Austral FireHoop. Contact us for more information.

Do you produce an external cladding?

We do not recommend plywood for fully exposed applications. For semi-exposed areas, both Endurapanel and ariaply are recommended.

Can you supply pattern advice and samples on Acoustic Plywood?

Yes, we have reliable perforators at various locations and are happy to supply direct contact details so that you can discuss your special requirements with the experts. If we are unable to provide a sample matching your needs, the perforator should also be able to assist. Contact us for more information.

Can you offer advice on fixing plywood, minimum plywood thicknesses, support spacings etc?

Contact us for more information.

Can you give recommendations on finishing plywood?

For best results, we recommend our pre-finished Endurapanel, ariaply, connectaply and iHoop. Please also view our website for information on interior finishing and exterior finishing.

Take care when using plywood in free standing cupboard doors.

Plywood is a natural product that can be affected by changes in ambient weather conditions, possibly causing previously flat sheets to bow. At Austral Plywoods all precautions are taken to ensure flatness at time of dispatch, however once the plywood has left our factory we cannot guarantee sheets to remain flat unless fastened. This is particularly important where free standing kitchen/cabinet doors are concerned.