Media Releases

18/07/2019

Increased unemployment rate highlights importance of Queensland resource sector jobs

The Queensland resources sector can help put downward pressure on the State’s increasing unemployment rate with more than 1300 vacancies currently advertised. Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the Queensland’s trend unemployment rate increased by 0.1% to 6.3% - a two-year high – was disappointing, but the resources sector was offering hundreds of opportunities across the State.

11/07/2019

Qld coal reaches new export heights

Queensland’s resources sector continues to underpin the economy and regional jobs after coal exports set a new State record with 21.43 million tonnes of metallurgical and thermal coal exported in June said the Queensland Resources Council (QRC). QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the 11 percent increase on the same month last year highlighted the increasing demand from world markets for Queensland’s coal.

10/07/2019

Statement from QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane following safety summit

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) will work with the Government, unions and workers to implement the outcomes of today’s safety summit, including a safety reset. The issue of safety is an ongoing top priority in our industry and there is a shared commitment to safety by all in our sector.

09/07/2019

Young minds converge on Mount Isa to learn

This week will be an eye opener for Brisbane and regional students when they rub shoulders with mining professionals in Mount Isa and embark towards a career in a trade or science technology engineering and maths (STEM) fields. Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the students would take part in two education camps run by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) and supported by Glencore's Mount Isa Mines.

07/07/2019

Statement from QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane on mine fatality 

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) is deeply saddened by the death of a worker at the Baralaba mine and the injury of a miner in a separate incident at Collinsville. Our thoughts are with each miner’s family, friends and the local community at this difficult time.

04/07/2019

QRC welcomes APLNG domestic gas supply

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the action by Australia Pacific LNG (APLNG) to supply 16.2 petajoules (PJ) of gas to the Australian manufacturing market. “Today’s announcement is yet another sign of the benefits that flow from a successful gas industry that has regulatory stability,” QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said.

04/07/2019

Record resources export result delivers another milestone for Queensland trade

Exports from the Queensland resources sector over the last 12 months have earnt $70 billion for the first time, based on trade data released today. Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the sector, which employs more than 315,000 men and women across the State, has delivered 81% of Queensland’s record export earnings of $85.8 billion for the 12 months to May this year.

03/07/2019

QRC welcomes new gas exploration

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) today welcomed Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham’s decision to award three companies the Authority to Prospect (ATP) for gas on more than 1,510 square kilometres of land in the Surat Basin. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the onshore investment by the Santos/Shell joint venture and Bridgeport Energy demonstrated Queensland’s ability to get on with the job of supplying gas.

02/07/2019

New leader for Queensland Exploration Council in 2019

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) together with its explorer-focused membership body the Queensland Exploration Council (QEC) has welcomed a new Chair for the QEC, Kim Wainwright. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the incoming Chair was a great fit for the role and looked forward to having an inspiring female industry champion in the position.

01/07/2019

QRC signs MoU with Mackay, Isaac, Whitsundays (councils) to further strengthen resources jobs

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and the Greater Whitsunday Council of Mayors (GWCoM’s) have signed an agreement to ensure a greater commitment to jobs and investments into the region’s economy. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) would bring three mayors under one partnership with the resources sector to ensure the Mackay region would receive its fair share of the sector’s economic benefits.

26/06/2019

Students get physic-al in flight competition

Hundreds of Year 7 students from schools across central Queensland will become physicists for a day in the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy’s (QMEA) Physics in Flight competition. Schools from Mount Isa and Gladstone, with the help of resources sector professionals, will compete in a paper plane throwing competition, which has physics at its core.

21/06/2019

Resource jobs resourcing regions

Employment in Queensland’s resources sector has added an extra 5,730 jobs over the last 12 months – the equivalent of one new job every 90 minutes according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) labour force data. Queensland Resources Council Deputy Chief Executive Judy Bertram said the data reaffirmed the resources sector’s role as a key Queensland employer with new jobs in mining regions and Australia’s biggest mining town – Brisbane.

17/06/2019

GAS ROYALTY TAX HIKE A $13 MILLION HIT TO ENERGY PRICES FOR QLD HOMES AND BUSINESSES

The Palaszczuk Government’s 25 per cent gas royalty hike will translate into a slug of more than $13 million a year on Queensland industry and households through higher energy costs, the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) said today.  QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said it was likely the cost of the tax hike would be passed on directly to consumers.

14/06/2019

QRC calls on Palaszczuk Government to delay gas royalty increase

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has called on the Palaszczuk Government to delay the implementation of any gas royalty increase to January 1st, 2020 to allow industry and Government to work through confusion in the draft legislation. “As it currently stands, the 25% increase in gas royalties on domestic and export gas will damage industry viability and increase costs to the electricity and domestic processing and manufacturing sectors,” QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said.

13/06/2019

ADANI APPROVAL GOOD NEWS FOR QLD JOBS, QLD BUDGET

The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed the approval from the Queensland Department of Environment and Science for the Adani Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems Management Plan. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the finalisation of the plan meant the project could now get underway and start delivering returns to Queensland.

13/06/2019

QRC welcomes LNP 10 year royalty freeze, calls on Palaszczuk Government to match it

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the commitment from the LNP Opposition for a 10 year royalties freeze and for added certainty in the approvals process, which will support future investment and jobs in the resources sector, particularly in regional Queensland. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the pledge sent an important signal to investors, and he urged the Palaszczuk Government to make the same commitment.

12/06/2019

BUDGET TAX GRAB PUTS QLD ON THE BACK FOOT FOR NEW RESOURCES INVESTMENT

Queensland now has the highest tax rates in Australia for resources projects, undermining our hard-won reputation as a global commodity leader and risking the 315,000 jobs in the sector, Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said today. “The surprise 25 per cent hike on gas royalty rates in the state budget, coupled with Queensland’s sliding scale for coal royalties, means the Palaszczuk Government oversees the highest rate tax grab on the resources sector in Australia,” Mr Macfarlane said.

12/06/2019

Broken promise on gas tax an attack on regional Queensland jobs, investment and exports: QRC

The Palaszczuk Government's shock decision in the State Budget to increase the rate of royalty taxes on gas by 25% threatens regional Queensland jobs, investment and exports, the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has warned. With resources royalties this year forecast to hit unprecedented highs of $5.45 billion, including $4.34 billion from coal, QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the Palaszczuk Government had betrayed the trust of the 315,000 Queenslanders who work in the resources sector, especially in regional Queensland.