Media Releases


Gen Z: Qld’s resources sector needs you

Queensland’s resources sector is on the hunt for at least 50 Gen Z students to register their interest in studying mining engineering as part of a campaign to address a chronic skills shortage. The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has launched a statewide digital campaign to encourage young Queenslanders in high school or first-year university to choose mining engineering as a career. 


Qld’s resources the ‘power behind the state budget’: QRC

The Queensland Government is reaping the benefits of its health-driven response to COVID-19 and being able to rely on the state’s $82.6 billion resources sector to underpin the state economy. QRC praises the government’s willingness to work with the resources sector to establish industry-specific COVID-19 protocols, which had set Queensland up to survive the pandemic and thrive beyond it.


City and country mining jobs’ boom in Qld

The latest SEEK employment data confirms there are jobs aplenty in Queensland, particularly in the mining, resources and energy sector. As of today, there are 1129 jobs advertised in the areas of mining, resources and energy, with 821 paying more than $100,000 per year. In May, total job advertisements across all industries in Queensland were up more than 160 per cent on May 2020.


Townsville the heart of Queensland’s new minerals processing era

Queensland is entering a golden new era of minerals processing and Townsville is right at the heart of the action, Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said today.


Global growth will be fuelled by Queensland resources

A national commodity outlook released today confirms what most Queenslanders already know – they can count on resources to help the state recover from COVID-19 and thrive well into the future, the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) said today.


Qld resources leads way in Indigenous employment

Queensland’s resources sector will tonight celebrate being the state’s leading private sector employer of Indigenous people at a gala event in Brisbane. Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said it was fitting to hold the council’s Indigenous Awards Celebration during National Reconciliation Week when resources companies have such good news to share.


Qld exploration results continue to defy pandemic

xploration expenditure in Queensland has risen by 24 percent over the past 12 months to reach $708 million since March 2020, the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) said today. 


QRC welcomes submissions on resources industry development plan

The peak body for the resources sector in Queensland has welcomed the opening of submissions to the Queensland Resources Industry Development Plan (QRIDP) by the Queensland Government. “The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has been pleased to work closely with the Palaszczuk Government from the outset to develop the plan,” said QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane.


QRC welcomes tech-driven approach to reducing emissions

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the Federal Government’s technology-driven approach to reducing emissions announced in last night’s budget, saying it will drive new investment into this crucial area for resources.


QRC welcomes recovery budget

The Federal Government’s allocation of $1.2 billion to create international partnerships on low-emissions technology projects as well as fund hydrogen and carbon capture use and storage initiatives in its 2021 budget has been welcomed by the Queensland Resources Council (QRC).


Federal funding is good news for Qld explorers

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement of a $100 million, four-year renewal of its Junior Minerals Exploration Incentive (JMEI).


Copper’s green growth good news for Qld producers

Copper’s surging popularity as a critical component in ‘green’ technology is behind a 62 percent increase in exports of the in-demand commodity, the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) said today.


New state plan for resources to provide decades of jobs

The successful implementation of a bold new industry development plan for Queensland’s $82.6 billion resources sector will provide decades of jobs for Queenslanders, the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) said today.


The gateway to greener solutions is Queensland’s new economy minerals

An exploration showcase hosted by the Queensland Exploration Council (QEC) and McCullough Roberston today has illustrated the role critical minerals will play in lowering world carbon emissions through renewable energy technologies, according to QEC chair Kim Wainwright. 


QRC welcomes $500 million-plus federal funds for new emissions reduction technology

he QRC has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement of a further $539.2 million in funding for new emissions reduction projects, calling it a necessary and pragmatic step towards helping Australia meet global emission targets.


State Govt opens up free, public access to exploration data in ‘momentous’ day for state’s explorers

All eyes are on exploration in Queensland this week, with a second announcement from the State Government that supports the future development of Queensland’s mineral wealth.   Yesterday’s opening of the fifth round of funding through the Collaborative Exploration Initiative was followed by today's public release of new and historical exploration data that will help explorers in their quest for the next big discovery.