Media Releases


QRC statement on COVID-19 new border restrictions

The Queensland Resources Council has been working with the Queensland Government as it seeks to tighten border restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19, which were first introduced from 26 March 2020. Our sector is committed to a ‘people first’ response and is strictly following the advice from Queensland Health and has introduced additional measures to protect the communities in which we operate.


2020 Qld Mining Industry Health & Safety Conference Announcement

As you are aware, due to the COVID-19 outbreak there are new restrictions in place for social gatherings of all group sizes. For this reason, regrettably the Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference 2020 previously scheduled to be held from Sunday 23 August through to Wednesday 26 August has been cancelled.


Miners to play major role in Queensland COVID-19 job recovery

A survey of Queensland resources companies taken during the COVID-19 outbreak has found that more than half of the sector plans to maintain or increase its workforce said the Queensland Resources Council (QRC). QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said during these turbulent times the resources sector was considered an essential service by both the federal and state governments to fast-track the economy to recovery mode.


Resources sector’s commitment as an ‘essential’ industry to COVID-19 response and recovery

The Queensland Government's declaration of the resources sector as an 'essential' industry for the COVID-19 response will be honoured with a commitment to slowing the spread of the virus and fast-track our State's recovery from it.


Queensland resources strong going into COVID-19: survey

A survey of Queensland’s resources leaders taken before the impacts of COVID-19 started to unfold found the sector was in a good standing to create an economic buffer in 2020. Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the State of the Sector report gave hope to the Queensland economy with the sector in a strong position to maintain production and employment.


Queensland’s Resources Sector’s “people first” COVID-19 response

The health and well-being of the 372,000 men and women working in the State resources sector is the priority for the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and its member companies in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the QRC COVID-19 Working Group today shared information and responses to the virus with a focus on adhering to the advice from health authorities for all men and women working in the


Payroll tax deferral boosts cash flow for mining companies and suppliers

The Palaszczuk Government’s decision to allow all Queensland companies to defer payroll tax payments for six months, in response to novel coronavirus (COVID-19), will boost much needed cash flow to thousands of companies across the State. Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the payroll tax deferral will benefit mining companies and the sector's 14,400 suppliers, who combined employ more than 372,000 Queenslanders or one in seven jobs.


QRC welcomes new gas project but warns planning is needed to keep the Maroon advantage

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the collaborative approach to the supply of domestic gas with the granting of a petroleum lease to joint venture partners Australian Pacific LNG and Armour Energy near Chinchilla. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the project is an Australian-first whereby gas will be directed towards Australian manufacturers to support local industries.


IWD award winner paves way for working parents

A 20-year resources sector veteran who paved the way for job-sharing in senior roles has won this year’s Queensland Resources Council/Women in Mining and Resources Queensland Resources Awards for Women. Joanne Best, General Manager of Enterprise Excellence and Employee Experience at Hastings Deering, was presented with her award before a record crowd of more than 900 people at the Royal National Convention Centre in Brisbane.


QRC says improvements needed on proposed industrial manslaughter legislation

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has raised concerns that proposed industrial manslaughter laws will have the reverse outcome of decreasing the safety culture in the mining industry. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane today told a Parliamentary Committee examining the proposed legislation that safety remains the sector’s top priority, but changes were needed to ensure the Bill met its purpose.


Queensland loses ground in global mining rankings

Queensland has lost ground in the latest global survey of mining companies and investors, falling two places to number 15 in the world for investment attractiveness. Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the results in the Fraser Institute Annual Survey of Mining Companies sent a clear message that Queensland can’t become complacent in a field of intense global competition.


QRC welcomes step forward for critical minerals investment

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the Queensland Government’s announcement of prescribed project status for the planned $470 million Multicom Resources Limited Saint Elmo vanadium project near Julia Creek.“The resources sector underpins the Queensland economy and supports more than 372,000 jobs. To ensure ongoing jobs for decades to come, it is essential that investments are made now in new projects and new mines,” QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said.


Strong resources future reinforced in North Queensland Regional Plan

The Queensland Government’s North Queensland Regional Plan has reinforced a strong future for the resources sector.Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the Plan, released by State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Minister Cameron Dick today, specifically focussed on the future opportunities for the mining industry.


QRC welcomes new Centre for Excellence in Automation and Robotics

The Queensland Resources Council welcomes the opening of Alexandra Hills State High School’s Centre for Excellence in Automation and Robotics which will operate in partnership with the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA). QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the centre would be among the best equipped in the State to tap into the careers of the future.“I congratulate the Queensland Government on the completion of the Centre which comes at a time when we are facing critical shortages of skilled people, despite the enormous opportunities from investment in the sector,” Mr Macfarlane said.


Gap students unearthing STEM

Gap State High School students will be giving their new three-story STEM and robotics building a workout when they take part, for the first time, in a Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) event today. The school is one of the latest to join the QMEA, which includes 75 schools throughout the state. “We are really looking forward to being part of the Academy, which will complement the plans we have for our students and our new STEM facility,“ said Principal Anne McLauchlan.


QRC welcomes the State Government’s 2020 Queensland Exploration Program

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the State Government’s 2020 Queensland Exploration Program which will open more than 7000 square kilometres of land for coal, gas and petroleum exploration. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the release of land for exploration for all resources was essential in creating new jobs, growing exports and supporting regional Queensland.


Statement from QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane on mining safety reviews

QRC has welcomed the release of the Brady Review into Mining and Quarrying fatalities and two University of Queensland expert legal assessments of coal mining and mining and quarrying legislation. These reports represent a wealth of information that the resources industry can use to further enhance safety. Last July QRC committed to working with Minister Lynham on the outcomes of these reviews. We restate that commitment now and congratulate the Minister on initiating these important reviews.


QRC welcomes appointment of Minister Keith Pitt

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the appointment of Keith Pitt as the Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said it was good news for the resources sector to see another Queenslander taking on the important economic portfolio.