Media Releases

12/08/2019

QRC welcomes Future Skills Partnership between BMA, TAFE and CQU

The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed the commitment of the Queensland Futures Skills Partnership between its member company BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA), TAFE Queensland and Central Queensland University (CQU). QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the Partnership, announced by Employment and Skills Minister Shannon Fentiman today, was proof that the development of skills was a shared commitment of industry and the Government.

12/08/2019

QRC supports stronger deterrents against activist trespass

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) supports the strong action the Federal Government is taking on anti-farming activists and is urging the Government to extend the laws to cover mining-related businesses and infrastructure. The QRC has made a submission to the Senate committee inquiry looking at the Criminal Code Amendment (Agricultural Protection) Bill 2019.

06/08/2019

QRC welcomes federal commitment to develop gas resources

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the Federal Government’s new proposals to increase gas supply in the domestic market, but warned their success would hinge on the free ride coming to an end for other states. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the proposals announced today, including looking at options for a prospective gas reservation scheme, could help increase supply for domestic use, supporting jobs and industries.

05/08/2019

Skills for Queensland strategy is good work for jobs: QRC

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the Palaszczuk Government’s Skills for Queensland Strategy as a targeted plan to deliver skills to support the sector’s current and future growth. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the QRC welcomed the strategy’s multiple initiatives, from schools to workplaces, to boost the development of skills so critical to the resources sector’s critical contribution to the Queensland economy. 

05/08/2019

Productivity Commission review a welcome step to secure the next round of resources jobs

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the Morrison Government’s announcement of a Productivity Commission review into streamlining regulation in the resources sector, with a view to cutting red tape but maintaining the highest standards. “Every new investment in the resources sector means more jobs for Queenslanders,” Mr Macfarlane said.

02/08/2019

QRC welcomes Palszczuk Government’s release of new coal exploration areas

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the Palaszczuk Government’s release of new areas for coal exploration in Central Queensland. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the opening of tenders in the five prospective areas was a vital step in ensuring the resources sector continues to benefit regional communities.

31/07/2019

Vale Michael Roche

On behalf of the Queensland resources industry and the more than 316,000 men and women who work in it, I pay tribute to the late Michael Roche for his tireless commitment and passion for the resources sector. Michael served as the Chief Executive of the Queensland Resources Council for 11 years before stepping down in 2016.

29/07/2019

Queensland coal mining jobs key to regional future

The resources industry is securing jobs for regional Queenslanders both now and for decades into the future, with new investments the key to long term prosperity in the regions. Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the recent announcement from Anglo American that it will expand its metallurgical coal operations in the Bowen Basin was a vote of confidence in regional Queensland.

26/07/2019

Young minds master mine rehabilitation

Students at Oakey State High School were excited by maths yesterday and learnt skills that contributed to the rehabilitation of mine sites. Mentoring them in the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) activity were experts in the field from New Hope’s New Acland open-cut coal mine.

25/07/2019

QRC backs harsher penalties for activists’ trespass offences

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has supported harsher penalties for activists who break the law and commit illegal trespass, as proposed under the Criminal Code (Trespass Offences) Amendment Bill currently before the State Parliament. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said action was needed to strengthen the laws because the current laws are being circumvented by organised and professional protestors.

23/07/2019

Head to regional Queensland for resources careers

Australian job seekers looking for new opportunities should consider applying for the 1300 vacancies currently on offer in the Queensland resources sector, Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said. “Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack is spot on when he says there are good paying jobs in regional Australia for people who are prepared to take them."

23/07/2019

QRC welcomes state-wide safety reset

Queensland’s Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the roll out of a state-wide safety reset to remind all workers about the dangers and potential fatal risks of working in the resource industry. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said by the end of August every miner would have attended a thorough safety briefing focussing on the fatal risks at their mine site.

22/07/2019

Qld job-seekers mining rich rewards

Queensland’s resources jobs market is outpacing job vacancies in the rest of the state’s economy at a rate of 15 to one, according to analysis from the Queensland Resources Council (QRC). QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the figures in the latest State of the Sector report reinforce the importance of the resources industry, especially when our agriculture sector is doing it tough.

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.