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What are resources worth to Queensland?

$116.8 billion

to Queensland’s economy (2022-23 financial year)

jobs supported by sector
of Queensland’s economy
in 6
jobs in Queensland
in wages
The resource sector’s $7.4 billion in wages powers Queensland's workforce, showcasing a strong economic commitment.
Creating 61,434 jobs, the sector drives Queensland's growth, cementing its role as a primary employment generator in the state.
in royalties
spent on critical economic and social infrastructure and essential services across all regions of the state.
businesses supported
Supporting over 15,000 local businesses, the resource sector proves to be a key pillar in Queensland's commercial vitality and success.
charities and sporting clubs
The sector's support for more than 1,400 charities and clubs underscores its pivotal role in fostering Queensland's community strength.

Funding $18.1 billion in royalties

for Queensland’s future

Law and order

Total spent by commodity

72% Coal, 13% Oil and Gas, 12% Metals, 4% Other

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How is the data tracked and collated?

QRC tracks industry spending by collecting member expenditure data to create a detailed overview of Queensland’s major export industry, analysed down to postcode levels.

Spending is categorised as direct and indirect. Direct spending is based on QRC members’ financial records, measuring expenditures through invoices. Indirect spending is estimated through economic modelling, gauging additional economic activity generated by direct spending.

For instance, when a resource company buys a vehicle (direct spending), the dealership’s income increases (indirect spending). Similarly, a resource employee’s wage (direct spending) spent on a car also boosts the regional economy (indirect spending). Indirect spending data, though not directly collected, is estimated through advanced economic modelling by an independent consultant.