Advantages of bringing mining services, equipment and technology businesses to Queensland

Many mining companies have chosen to set up a business headquarters in Queensland to take advantage of local industry clusters, extensive infrastructure, and a range of other benefits.


Geographically, Queensland is close to the largest developing markets in the world, making its mining industry an attractive investment prospect.

Major mining-related centres in Queensland include Brisbane, Mount Isa, Mackay, Townsville, Gladstone and Rockhampton. More than 100,000 people are employed across these locations in the Queensland mining sector and related services.

Queensland has a number of recoverable mineral and energy resources. These include:

  • coal
  • gold
  • lead
  • copper
  • zinc
  • silver
  • nickel
  • tin
  • bauxite
  • industrial minerals
  • oil and gas.

Government support

The Queensland Government has designated state development areas for large industrial projects and parcels of prime industrial land for a range of industrial projects.

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Competitive labour costs

Queensland's salaries and associated expenses are competitive, and Queensland employers enjoy the lowest payroll tax of any state or territory in Australia.

Learn more about competitive business costs in Queensland.

Industry clusters

The presence of world-class mining companies in Queensland has led to the development of industry clusters in mining engineering, equipment manufacturing, mine management and commodity transport.


Queensland has a proven capability to provide quality resources through cost-effective and efficient infrastructure.

Learn more about Queensland's reliable infrastructure.

World-class education and training

There are 10 universities in Queensland that offer a range of mining-related courses and research projects. Queensland is also home to many technical and further education institutes (vocational colleges). These institutes offer a range of qualifications from Certificate II and III through to an Advanced Diploma in Underground Coal Mining Management.

Engineering courses (including mining, mechanical and civil) continue to be popular in Queensland with nearly 3,000 graduates entering the Australian workforce in 2010.

Mining research and development (R&D)

Queensland has numerous research organisations focused on the mining industry. These include the:

Learn more about innovation, research and development in Queensland.

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