The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed the extended commitment from the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to work with QRC and its members to boost employment opportunities for Indigenous Queenslanders.
QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the department’s extended commitment to the partnership, first forged 12 years ago, would help ensure the resources sector continues to be a leader in providing opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
“Our members, whether they are coal, metal and gas explorers and producers or their suppliers, are providing more opportunities for Indigenous Queenslanders not just for a job in resources, but for a fulfilling career,” Mr Macfarlane said.
“The proportion of Indigenous Queenslanders working in the resources sector is on par with the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders living in Queensland – 4%.
“It’s important that we have the continued support of the Queensland Government, and the department. I welcome the extended commitment and QRC looks forward to continuing to build upon the proud record.”
The annual QRC Indigenous Awards will be held on 30 November. The awards are held to celebrate the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to the Queensland resources sector and set up ongoing networking and career opportunities for applicants and award winners.