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Local jobs, strong careers

Queensland’s regions have a proud and long legacy of turning our rich mineral and energy resources into state-building opportunities.

As we mine more critical minerals, we will need to unlock a new generation of high-wage, high-skilled, high-tech jobs to help refine, produce and manufacture clean energy technology minerals.

A thriving critical minerals sector will support new local opportunities, strong local economies and create more good secure jobs in Queensland’s regions.

Your future in the resources sector

Queensland Workforce Strategy 2022–2032

The Queensland Government is committed to increasing the size, skills and adaptability of the state’s workforce. In 2022, we released the Queensland Workforce Strategy 2022–2032, which will deliver innovative and practical solutions to ensure Queensland has a ready workforce to support growth, strengthen our communities and keep Queensland at the forefront of new economic opportunities.

Queensland Workforce Strategy 2022–2032 (PDF, 1MB)

Careers guide - Minerals Council of Australia

Australia’s minerals industry is innovative, technologically advanced, capital intensive, and environmentally and socially progressive. The industry is committed to contributing to the sustained growth and prosperity of current and future generations through the integration of economic progress, responsible social development and effective environmental management. Read Minerals Council of Australia’s career guide to learn about career opportunities.

Careers guide - Minerals Council of Australia

Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan

The plan outlines the Queensland Government’s commitments to renewable energy and emissions targets and how we will achieve them.

Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan (PDF, 5MB)

Protecting our workforce

Queensland’s resources industry employs around 77,000 people. Like in any workforce, workers must always be safe. Worker safety and health must underpin all resource operations in Queensland and the protection of workers must come before profit and productivity considerations.

The Queensland Government will continue to enforce its strong resources safety and health legislation to ensure the safety and health of all workers in the sector.

Case study: establishing Resources Safety and Health Queensland

In 2020, the Queensland Government established Resources Safety and Health Queensland (RSHQ), an independent statutory body with a vision for a zero serious harm resource sector in Queensland.

RSHQ is responsible for regulating, educating and assisting the resources industry to meet their obligations to protect and promote the safety and health of all workers.

As a risk-based regulator, it focuses its resources and effort on protecting workers and affected communities from:

  • fatality
  • injury requiring hospital admission
  • occupational disease, such as mine dust lung disease.
Last updated
18 January 2024
Last reviewed
18 January 2024