Indigenous Communities

Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is a key element of exploration and resources development in Queensland

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The Queensland resources industry recognises the unique rights and interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to the lands and waters to which there is a special connection.


When genuine engagement is underpinned by respect and recognition, resources companies and Indigenous peoples can, and do, work together for mutual benefit.


Cultural Heritage Protection

QRC supports the effective recognition, protection and conservation of Indigenous cultural heritage. The resources industry has a strong history and established track record of working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parties to protect cultural heritage, for all Australians and future generations.



Economic participation

As a key pillar of the State’s economy, the Queensland resources industry understands it has a role to play in supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people develop their economic independence.

The resources industry is committed to working in partnership with Indigenous communities and government, to create sustainable economic development through employment and business opportunities that will contribute to building strong Indigenous families and communities in Queensland.

This commitment has translated into significant growth in Indigenous employment in Queensland’s resources industry. The number of Indigenous workers in Queensland resources more than doubled between 2006 and 2016.

The Queensland resources sector is now one of only two industries (the other being the public sector) that has reached employment parityover 4% of the Queensland resources workforce is Indigenous, which mirrors the percentage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the broader Queensland population.

For further details about the partnership between the resources sector and the Queensland Government to increase Indigenous economic participation, please see the MoU to Increase Indigenous Participation in the Queensland Resources Sector.