Media Releases


Critical minerals support welcome, but Government policies must deliver for all resources

The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed initiatives in last night’s Federal Budget that promote exploration and investment in critical minerals projects but says policies must encourage and attract investment right across the resources sector.


QRC launches new workforce inclusion and diversity program

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has launched an important new initiative to create job opportunities for groups currently under-represented in the mining and energy workforce. The Resources W.I.D.E (Workforce Inclusion & Diversity Engagement) project has been developed thanks to $963,000 made available through the Queensland Government’s Workforce Connect Fund. 


Demand up, but Qld Govt policies stifle resources investment plans

A new report shows Queensland’s resources sector has enormous potential to create new jobs and drive future economic growth across the state on the back of the global transition to low-emission technologies, but uncompetitive government policies and regulatory uncertainty are holding investment back.


Brilliant high achievers shine brightly at Qld resources awards

Three engineers, a dragline operator and a workplace support manager have taken out this year’s Resources Awards for Women in front of 1200 guests at a sold-out event in Brisbane today. The event was hosted on International Women’s Day by the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ) to celebrate the contribution of women to the state’s number one export industry.


Young women join forces with industry mentors to supercharge their careers

20 Year 12 female students with an eye on a career in Queensland’s high-tech mining and energy sector gathered in Brisbane today for the launch of a unique mentoring program.


More Women Move into Mining

The number of women working in trade positions in Queensland’s resources sector jumped by almost 40 per cent in the last financial year, now accounting for a record 13 per cent of all trade roles, the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) said today.


Resources community funding welcomed but more needed

The State Government’s allocation of $118.2 million under the Resources Community Infrastructure Fund towards projects in coal-producing regions has been welcomed by the Queensland Resources Council (QRC).


Media statement

The Queensland Resources Council has expressed its deepest condolences to the family of a mine worker killed at Saraji Mine near Dysart yesterday.


Short-sighted Lake Eyre Basin decision threatens investment and energy supply

The Queensland Government’s decision to ban future expansion of all oil and gas projects in the Lake Eyre Basin floodplains is another blow to the future of the state’s resources sector, the


Growing tax toll on resources sector a major concern for new investors

Today’s Mid-Year Budget Update figures confirm the Queensland Government has again substantially underestimated the impact of last year's royalty tax increase on the resources sector, the Queensland


QRC wishes Premier well and calls for next leader to back resources sector

Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane today thanked Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk for her service to Queensland over the past nine years as leader and wished her well in the future, following the announcement she would be stepping down.


Queensland’s rising stars: Brisbane camp hosts resources industry’s future leaders

Queensland’s next generation of leaders and innovators explored the frontiers of mining, minerals, and energy at a unique camp in Brisbane last week, forging potential new pathways into exciting careers in the resources and energy sector. The Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA), the education arm of the Queensland Resources Council (QRC), welcomed a high-achieving cohort of 20 soon-to-be Year 12 students from across the state.


QRC appoints Janette Hewson as new Chief Executive Officer

Highly regarded industry leader Janette Hewson has today been announced as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Queensland Resources Council (QRC). Ms Hewson will replace outgoing Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane, who is retiring from the role at the end of the year.


Hands-on STEM and trade program cracks 100 schools in Qld

Hold onto your hard hats – the future of Queensland’s world-class resources and energy sector is brighter than ever following today’s announcement that the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) is now in 100 schools across the state. The QMEA is the education arm of the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and Australia’s largest and most successful industry-led education and schools initiative.


Mackay a ‘resources workhorse’ for Qld

More people than ever before in the Greater Mackay region are working in jobs supported by the mining and energy sector, rising by five per cent over the past financial year in the Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday LGAs, the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) said today.


Qld explorers call for collaborative approach to boost sector confidence

A new report shows concerns about State and Federal government policy and Queensland’s new royalty taxes are among a raft of issues that have impacted confidence in the state’s crucial minerals and energy exploration sector.


QRC announces new Board President

BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) Asset President Adam Lancey has been announced as the new President of the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Board.  Outgoing QRC Board President and Genuity Managing Director Brent Gunther is stepping down after four years in the role but will remain a Director on the Board.  Mr Lancey has over 20 years’ experience in the mining industry and as BMA Asset President is responsible for the safe operations of the company’s seven mines in Queensland’s Bowen Basin, along with rail infrastructure, Moranbah Airport and the Hay Point Coal Terminal in Mackay. 


‘Hurt Queensland’s resources sector, you hurt Queensland’s future’

A year after it first launched, the Queensland Resources Council’s (QRC) public awareness campaign against the State Government’s sudden introduction of the highest coal royalty taxes in the world continues to gain momentum.