Media Releases


QRC calls on all industry to stand against anti-mining activists

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) said it was disappointing to see reports that engineering firm Aurecon would end its business relationship with Adani based on ill-informed bullying from anti-resources activists. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said regional Queenslanders would be the ones who missed out on jobs as a result.


QRC supports new law to crack down on dangerous rail protests

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the Palaszczuk Government’s announcement of new powers to crack down on extremist activists who are risking their own lives and the lives of others with their reckless tactics. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the new offence to prevent dangerous devices being used to shut down public thoroughfares and infrastructure was an important measure to protect everyday citizens simply going about their lives and doing their jobs.


Resources sector reaffirms commitment to mine safety reset

The State’s mining industry has reaffirmed its commitment to a safety reset at all mine sites, Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said. Mr Macfarlane said the safety reset was an agreed approach between the Queensland Government, industry and unions following four fatalities at mines over the last 12 months and another two fatalities at quarries over the same period.


Qld’s mining sector unites for safer sites

A record number of mining industry representatives will spend four days working on one focus - the well-being of every man and woman in the mining sector at the Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference on the Gold Coast. Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said more than 900 people will attend the conference starting on Sunday (18th August) which was the largest cohort in the conference’s 31-year history.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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."


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.


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.


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.