Social Policy

Queensland resources companies strive to create long-term positive impacts on the communities in which they operate

Social impact


QRC member companies understand the potential social issues associated with resource development and strive to ensure the presence of resources is positive.


The QRC works closely with its member companies to help build a long, strong future for regional Queensland communities. To achieve this, a cohesive policy environment that encourages positive social performance is imperative.


The benefits of a good social policy environment includes:

  • ensuring the wealth created by resources companies contributes to long-term local growth
  • the attraction of companies with a strong community focus
  • strategic planning of social and physical infrastructure
  • providing greater investor certainty, including avoiding delays, shutdowns and/or closure of sites
  • positive stakeholder and community relations
  • better quality of life for workers and their families

FIFO and Accommodation


The resources sector is one of the key pillars of the Queensland economy, providing not only its primary source of export income but a fundamental role in shaping the developing of regional communities through economic growth, high paying jobs and supporting regional infrastructure, services and investment.


Fundamental to this and future success is the sector’s global competitiveness, of which highly skilled labour plays a significant part.


For the best part of a decade, Queensland enjoyed unprecedented investment and employment in the sector tripled. As the skills base from ‘traditional’ resources communities was the first to be exhausted, Queensland resources companies recruited necessary additional labour from other parts of the state and country using long distance commuting arrangements.


While the peak phase is over and the number of long distance employees is continuing to fall, flexible workforce arranges remain essential. To secure the resources sector’s long-term future, the sourcing of labour needs to continue to be determined on a case by case basis by factors such as a project’s proximity to local towns, the availability of skilled labour and the competition for that labour.