The Queensland resources sector is one of the largest industries in Australia, contributing $55.1 billion in total economic benefits to Queensland in 2016-17, which is equivalent to 1 in $6 of Queensland economy and 1 in 8 jobs for Queenslanders. 

The Queensland resources sector includes major global companies, large national operators through to exploration companies – mining and exploring across all commodities. View our comprehensive look at our diverse and globally competitive resources sector.

Australia MineralsAustralia Minerals is a collaboration of Australia's federal, state and Northern Territory government geoscience agencies working together to offer ground-breaking information, unrivalled expertise and a record of innovation that supports mineral explorers to realise investment opportunities.www.australiaminerals.gov.au
Department of Natural
Resources and Mines
The Department of Natural Resources and Mines is an economic development agency that enables the productive and responsible use of Queensland's natural resources to generate wealth and prosperity for current and future generations of Queenslanders.www.dnrm.qld.gov.au
Geoscience Australia Geoscience Australia is Australia's pre-eminent public sector geoscience organisation. www.ga.gov.au
Geological Survey of
Queensland (GSQ)
The Geological Survey of Queensland (GSQ) plays a key role in improving understanding of Queensland’s resource potential and attracting exploration and investment in the resources sector.www.business.qld.gov.au
METS IgnitedMETS Ignited is an industry-led, government-funded, Growth Centre for the mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector.www.metsignited.org
National Energy Resources
Australia (NERA)
National Energy Resources Australia (NERA) has been established to maximise the value to the Australian economy by having an energy resources industry that is globally competitive, sustainable, innovative and diverse.www.nera.org.au
Trade & Investment
Trade and Investment Queensland is the Queensland Government’s global business agency, helping Queensland exporters take their products to world markets, and promoting Queensland as the perfect place for investment.www.tiq.qld.gov.au
NameDescription For companies or individuals?
The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM)The AusIMM represents 13,000 individuals working in the global minerals industry and provides leadership and opportunities for minerals industry professionals.Individuals
Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC)The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) represents the mining and mineral exploration sector in Australia. AMEC also has the largest membership base in the resources industry.Companies
Australian Mines and Metals Association (AMMA)AMMA is Australia’s largest national resources and energy industry employer group.
A unified voice driving effective workforce outcomes.
Australia China Business Council (ACBC)The Australia China Business Council (ACBC) is a membership-based, non-profit, non-governmental organisation comprised of National Office, eight Branches, and more than 1500 representatives from over 900 Australian companies who do business with China.Companies
Australia India Business Council (AIBC)The Australia India Business Council Ltd (AIBC) was founded in 1986 and is the only national body representing bi-lateral trade and investment relations between Australia and India.

The AIBC is a national membership organisation with active chapters in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Canberra and maintains close relationships with federal and state government agencies, the diplomatic corps and industry bodies, and showcases opportunities to the Australian business community through an active program of events throughout Australia.
Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG) The Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG) is the leading professional institute representing geoscientists employed in all sectors of industry, education, research and government throughout Australia. AIG is a not for profit organisation, run by members for members, which aims to advance the skills, status and public perception of more than 3,000 members both within Australia and overseas.Individuals
Australia Korea Business Council (AKBC) The Australia-Korea Business Council (AKBC) exists on behalf of its members and seeks to foster friendship and understanding between the business communities of Australia and Korea and to promote technical and economic cooperation, trade investment, education and tourism between the two countries.Companies
Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA)The Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association is the peak national body representing Australia’s oil and gas exploration and production industry.Companies
Geological Society of Australia (GSA)The Geological Society of Australia was established as a non-profit organisation in 1952 to promote, advance and support Earth sciences in Australia.Individuals
Minerals Council of Australia (MCA)The Minerals Council of Australia represents Australia’s exploration, mining and minerals processing industry, nationally and internationally, in its contribution to sustainable development and society.Companies
Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia (PESA)The Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia is a non-profit association of individuals involved in the exploration of oil and gas.Individuals
Queensland Exploration Council (QEC)Launched by the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) in 2010, the QEC aims to have Queensland acknowledged as the minerals and energy exploration leader by 2020 and with Brisbane confirmed as its heart.Companies and consultants
Queensland Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (QJCCI)The Queensland Japan Chamber of Commerce & Industry (QJCCI) was established in 1987 to promote and strengthen business and investment ties between Queensland and Japan. Companies
Queensland Petroleum & Exploration Association (QUPEX)Queensland Petroleum and Exploration Association est. 1959 is a not-for-profit association that aims to provide members and the oil and gas community an opportunity to share experience, information and cultivate professional networks.Individuals
Queensland Resources Council (QRC)QRC is an independent body representing the commercial developers of Queensland’s minerals & energy resourcesCompanies
Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)The Society of Petroleum Engineers is the largest individual-member organization serving managers, engineers, scientists and other professionals worldwide in the upstream segment of the oil and gas industry.Individuals
Australian Coal Industry Research Program (ACARP)ACARP is a unique and highly successful mining research program that has been running in Australia since it was established in 1992. It is 100% owned and funded by all Australian black coal producers through a five cents per tonne levy paid on saleable coal. www.acarp.com.au
Australian Research Council (ARC) Centres of ExcellenceARC Centres of Excellence are prestigious foci of expertise through which high-quality researchers maintain and develop Australia’s international standing in research areas of national priority.www.arc.gov.au/arc-centres-excellence
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)Australia's national science agency, using science and research to solve issues and make a difference to industry, people and the planet. www.csiro.au
Gas Industry Social and
Environment Research
Alliance (GISERA)
Researching the impacts of the Australian onshore gas industry.www.gisera.org.au
Griffith University Centre for Clean Environment and EnergyThe Centre for Clean Environment and Energy is a strategic platform for multidisciplinary research and innovation in the area of environmental sustainability. It focuses on innovative chemical, microbiological and nano-technological approaches to better understand the effects of pollutants within aquatic environments and soils, and renewable green energy sources.www2.griffith.edu.au/centre-clean-environment-energy
James Cook University Economic Geology Research Centre (EGRU)EGRU carries out research to advance the understanding of mineral and energy resources and related geological sciences, and to improve exploration and mineral/metal extraction methods.www.jcu.edu.au/economic-geology-research-centre-egru
The University of Queensland Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI)The Sustainable Minerals Institute at The University of Queensland (UQ) is a world-leading research institute dedicated to finding knowledge-based solutions to the sustainability challenges of the global minerals industry.www.smi.uq.edu.au
The University of Queensland Centre for Coal Seam Gas (CCSG)CSG research and results covering Social/Community, Water/Environment, Geoscience and Petroleum Engineering. Independent and fact based representation in engagements and the public debate of onshore gas extraction. www.ccsg.centre.uq.edu.au

Featured Industry Association: Australian Drilling Industry Association (ADIA)

The Australian Drilling Industry Association (ADIA) is the voice of the drilling industry. The ADIA is a not-for-profit organisation with about 800 members who are drilling contractors, suppliers, consultants and regulators. ADIA’s member’s businesses are active in the minerals exploration, mining, coal seam gas, groundwater and civil infrastructure sectors and are at the forefront of drilling technology that increases safety, productivity and business outcomes.

The origins of the ADIA harp back to 1956 with the formation of the Australian Diamond Drilling Association (ADDA), the establishment in the early 1960’s of a Water Well group representing Victoria and South Australia, and the establishment of the National Water Well Association of Australia (NWWA) in 1969.

During the early 1970’s, the ADDA changed its name to the Australian Drilling Association (ADA) in order to open the Association up to more drilling sectors and access further Queensland resources.

In the early 1980’s, the ADA and the NWWA merged to become the National Waterwell and Drilling Association of Australia, and in 1987, the name was changed to the current Australian Drilling Industry Association (ADIA). The WA-based Mineral Drilling Association of Australia (MDAA) also merged with the ADIA in 2009 to promote a stronger and more united organization.

The most recent board elections for the ADIA were held in October 2017, and current board members are:

  • Andrew Gilbert – President

Director and Chairman, Wittenback Engineering Services

  • Todd Symons – Vice President

Managing Director, Daly Bros Drilling Contractors

  • Tim Westcott – Secretary

TDW Consultants

  • Brian Clancy

Operations Manager, Rockwell Drilling Services

  • Marc Adams

Operations Manager, Adams Drillers

  • Philip Spence

Managing Director, Pivotal Drilling Consultants Pty Ltd

  • Peter Jacobs

Senior Vice President Asia Pacific, Foraco Australia

  • Andrew Elf

CEO, Mitchell Services

The ADIA represents around 800 members, and the Association also includes a number of members based overseas that are often businesses or individuals who began operating in Australia before branching out internationally.

In terms of mines and energy in Queensland and Australia-wide, the largest sector of the ADIA membership consists of drilling contractor businesses ranging from owner operators with one or two drill rigs, to large businesses with 100 drill rigs or more. In some instances, these are long-standing family owned businesses, and others are larger international drilling companies that operate in multiple global locations.

Many ADIA members work on a contract basis for large mining houses in the mineral exploration or the bulk commodity sectors. Suppliers and service companies are another other major part of ADIA’s membership base, and these are the businesses that provide the equipment and services drilling contractors need to drill and complete the drill holes for mineral exploration in Australia.

The equipment and service range is extensive and often highly technical, which is vital for covering all the different types of drilling methods. ADIA’s members also include a smaller group of engineers, consultants, mining companies and other individuals who provide expert professional services to the Australian drilling industry as a whole.

The ADIA is a not-for-profit organisation and members either own businesses, are employed by them or they are connected in some other way to the drilling industry. The industries represented are largely from the waterwell, geotechnical, onshore coal and energy, environmental and civil infrastructure sectors or connected to mineral exploration in Australia. During the recent mining boom, these sectors were responsible for direct revenues of over $2.3 billion per annum.