Social Policy

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

Social and community development

Social impact assessment and management

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


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


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 development 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.