Every Queenslander benefits from our resources industry. As well as supporting around 80,000 jobs, royalties from mining companies help pay for services like schools, hospitals and roads. Our resources industry has also been key in keeping our economy afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We want this success to continue. But the world is changing, and Queensland's resources industry must change with it.
The draft Queensland Resources Industry Development Plan sets out a clear 30-year vision for Queensland's resources industry: to be a resilient, responsible and sustainable resources industry that grows as it transforms.
The draft plan outlines global challenges and changes facing the resources industry, opportunities for industry growth and diversification, the industry's lead role in Queensland's economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and the collaboration and commitments required by government and industry in order to achieve this vision.
The draft plan identifies 6 key focus areas where government and industry need to take action.
- Grow and diversify the industry.
- Strengthen our environmental, social, and governance (ESG) credentials and protect the environment.
- Foster coexistence and sustainable communities.
- Ensure strong and genuine First Nations partnerships.
- Build a safe and resilient future workforce.
- Improve regulatory efficiency.
Government and industry will need to work cooperatively to deliver the actions within the plan so that by 2050 Queensland’s resources industry will be:
- recognised globally as an ESG leader
- a diversified, global supplier of new economy minerals
- making a greater contribution to Queensland’s economy
- providing more high-quality, high-wage jobs and careers.
How we developed the draft plan
This plan is a plan for the future of Queensland's resources industry. We travelled across the state and spoke with Queenslanders who will be directly affected by the plan. We wanted to know what First Nations people, those working in the resource industry, landholders and those living in regional towns thought about the issues affecting industry and its future.
We also sought expert advice to inform the draft plan, including a PwC report on the end-to-end business mapping exercise of Queensland’s resources framework and a KPMG report evaluating the effectiveness of government support to the resources sector, particularly the Collaborative Exploration Initiative.
Formal submissions and online surveyQueensland resources industry development plan has finished this stage
Our online submission and survey opened (May 2021).
Co-developing the draft planQueensland resources industry development plan has finished this stage
We partnered with stakeholders and communities to develop a draft plan (April-June 2021).
Initial consultation and surveyQueensland resources industry development plan has finished this stage
Initial consultation and survey on the plan closed on 30 June 2021
Reviewing feedback and consultation responsesQueensland resources industry development plan is currently at this stage
We reviewed the input we received from the consultation and started to put together a draft plan (July-October 2021).
Consultation on the draft planthis is an upcoming stage for Queensland resources industry development plan
We will seek feedback from targeted stakeholders on the draft plan (November 2021 - February 2022).
Release final planthis is an upcoming stage for Queensland resources industry development plan
The final plan will be released (Mid-2022).
Implement the planthis is an upcoming stage for Queensland resources industry development plan
We will work with stakeholders and the community to implement the plan (2022 and beyond).
Last reviewed 25 May 2022