Our industry is well positioned to keep doing the heavy lifting for the state economy, but we need the next Queensland Government to be ready to work hand-in-hand with our coal, metals and gas companies to bring new projects and new jobs online as a top priority”
QRC’s Protect Your Job campaign urges Queenslanders to vote for candidates in the State election who recognise the importance of resources’ jobs and the value of the mining and gas industry to the State’s economy.
Queensland’s unemployment rate is now the highest in Australia at 7.7% and forecast to rise to 9%, making job security and job growth voters’ number one priority at this election.
The mining and gas industry offers incredible, well paid job opportunities and actively recruits female and indigenous employees to improve the sector’s diversity.
Resources already supports the jobs of 372,000 people and 14,400 businesses, and last year contributed $74 billion to the state economy in direct and indirect spending. This highlights the need for people to vote for candidates who support jobs in the Queensland resources sector.
Queensland's resources sector and the State Government
Queensland’s resources industry is well positioned to keep doing the heavy lifting for the state economy, but the next Queensland Government needs to be ready to work hand-in-hand with our coal, metals and gas companies to bring new projects and new jobs online as a top priority.
The resources sector wants to keep growing and creating more jobs. We have the resources and the expertise to expand in Queensland, but we need a State Government and a Parliament that understands how to balance its economic and environmental responsibilities to benefit the entire state.
Queensland mining and gas companies pay Australia’s highest rate of royalty taxes, last year contributing $4.5 billion to the State budget.
Keeping people in jobs and working and earning is the best way for Queensland to get through COVID-19 and is why we’ve launched our Protect Your Job campaign which asks Queenslanders to vote for candidates who support the resources sector.
If the next Government of Queensland can commit to holding royalty rates at current levels for the next 10 years, it would stimulate major new investments in mines and gas fields. That means resources companies would pay more royalty taxes overall into the State budget and fund more teachers, nurses, doctors, roads, hospitals and schools.
Both major parties have now committed to working with the resources sector to implement a Resources Industry Recovery Plan, a crucial first step to getting a cohesive, responsible plan in place to secure Queensland’s long-term economic security.
Protect Your Job
QRC’s campaign includes radio ads, digital banners, a flyer and a billboard to reach voters in targeted Queensland seats.
Queensland's energy mix
Queensland is extremely fortunate to be rich in coal, gas, metals and blessed with an abundance of renewable energy opportunities.
Queensland has a golden opportunity to be Australia’s number one ‘Energy State’ because we have a broad energy mix available to power energy-dependent jobs, businesses and communities.
Queensland is showing the world how to add renewable energy generation into that mix in a way that lowers energy prices for everyone. That creates opportunities to add more value to Queensland’s existing exports as well as maintain our existing smelters and refineries. Building new renewable energy generation is a resource-hungry process – Queensland is well placed to service this demand.
Resources are at the heart of Queensland’s long-term future. That's why the QRC supports the innovative CopperString Project in North West Queensland and the State Government's renewable energy company CleanCo'
These initiatives, combined with the continued operation of the government’s coal and gas-fired generators operated by CS Energy and Stanwell and the development of new wind farms and solar plants, are important steps towards transitioning to lower emission electricity.
Queensland resources companies produce copper and rare earths to make magnets for wind farms and electric car motors, and coking coal to make steel for wind farm towers.
As well, QRC members produce silica and limestone to make glass and bauxite to create aluminium for solar panels, and supply fast-response baseload power to back up solar farms at night and wind farms when the wind doesn’t blow or blows too hard.
When people go to vote on 31 October, we are asking them to remember the hundreds of thousands of Queensland men and women who work very hard to produce all these commodities and to service the needs of the resources industry. Their hard work benefits every single Queenslander through royalty taxes, export earnings, job and business opportunities'
Discover more about Queensland's resources industry
Across 2018-19, the resources industry contributed $74 billion to the State’s economy and supporting 372,000 full-time jobs.
This information is gathered primarily from QRC’s annual Economic Contribution data collection. Each year, QRC collects a full year of confidential industry spending data and an independent expert then completes detailed economic models based on this data. This resource industry data allows us to track spending to the postcode level and show exactly how that benefits every corner of Queensland.
To find out more, see below.
More than three months responding to a global pandemic did not stop the Queensland resources sector from powering through 2019-20. The sector’s people-first COVID response meant Queensland could continue supplying its materials for economic growth to the world. Queensland exported a record 22.1 million tonnes of LNG across the year— or 2% above the 21.6 million tonnes in 2018-19. Coal exports also maintained their strength at 220 million tonnes in 2019-20—less than 3% shy of their 2018-19 export record.
To find out more, see below.
Supporting local businesses
For a global industry, local content remains crucial to Queensland’s resources operations. The industry looks to local suppliers as a way of reducing costs, reducing risks and increasing the long-term sustainability of their communities.
Local purchases of goods and services is good news for our local economy too. Local spending creates local jobs, creating opportunities that keep communities vibrant.
To find out more around how the industry supports local businesses, see below.
Authorised by Ian Macfarlane, QRC, 133 Mary Street, Brisbane Q 4000