What we heard
The future of the resources industry will be shaped by the people who work in it and alongside it. And we want their voices to guide the Queensland Resources Industry Development Plan.
Throughout May and June 2021 we held in-person workshops in Mount Isa, Chinchilla, Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton, Brisbane and Moranbah, as well as an online workshop. These sessions provided an opportunity for those from the resources industry, First Nations people, community members and landholders to share their thoughts on topics such as the resources supply chain, co-existence, automation and skills needed for the future.
Alongside the workshops we also encouraged people to submit their thoughts and ideas online, by joining online discussions, voting in a poll, completing a survey or providing feedback through our social media channels.
For further information about our consultation process and the results of consultation, read our Consultation Report.
Issues affecting the resources industry
Through this extensive consultation and engagement program, several key themes emerged. This feedback has informed the development of 6 focus areas in the draft plan.
- The resources sector in Queensland has a strong future.
- Decarbonisation presents opportunities, challenges and risks for Queensland’s resources sector.
- Queensland has strong environmental, social and governance (ESG) credentials compared to our global counterparts; a key focus now needs to be on how we attract investment and capitalise on those opportunities presented as a result of decarbonisation.
- The use of automated technologies in mining will result in different jobs; however, we need to ensure existing workers are not left behind and can benefit from the different employment opportunities.
- The right skills and training, especially transferable skills, are critical for the future of the sector and regional communities.
- Co-existence of all commodities with communities and competing land use must be done well if the sector is to thrive into the future.
- Resources projects need to leave a positive legacy in the region once projects finish.
Last reviewed 25 May 2022