Mining and resources

A large global exporter of raw and refined commodities, Queensland is recognised internationally for its research in mining, and for providing technological solutions to the global mining industry using robotics, satellite imaging, and three-dimensional (3D) visualisation.

The state is home to a number of institutions and joint ventures working to develop and commercialise innovative new technologies that address current challenges in the industry, with the potential to benefit mining not only in Queensland but globally.

Led by the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, the Queensland Government has invested in the future of the mining and resources sector by supporting researchers working in collaboration with leading research institutions and industry to ensure breakthrough research is translated into practical, commercial outcomes.

Queensland has nine universities including three of Australia’s largest. Most of these universities undertake research in the mining and resources sector. Details of 200 plus research centres in Queensland are available by searching the Queensland science capability directory.

Watch our Queensland Science making a difference video to find out why top researchers and industry leaders are saying Queensland is one of the best places in the world for research including the mining and resource sector.

Video transcript

Professor Ian Frazer AC

The University of Queensland

Translational Research Chair, TRI Foundation Board

Queensland has great strength across all the fields of science. But we’re particularly strong in applying that in the real world. So the Ecosciences, the agricultural sciences, health sciences are areas where we have clear strength.

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Professor Dean Jerry

Aquaculture and Fisheries – Head of Academic Group

College of Marine & Environmental Sciences James Cook University

The human population is rapidly expanding and one of the grand challenges we have is how to feed the population.

[Caption: Solving the world’s problems ]

Professor Robert Henry

Director, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation

­We are helping people to produce more food that is healthier, and our unique combination of science and technology, and a tropical and subtropical environment means that Queensland is the natural leader in this area of science globally.

Professor Saga Mundree

Director, Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities, QUT

We are making crops more resilient, by making them more drought and disease tolerant. And globally we are addressing issues around nutritional security which is how can we best enhance the nutrient in crops that are exported to regions where such deficiencies and health issues exist.

[Caption: Feeding the world]

Professor Dean Jerry

Aquaculture is the fastest growing animal production industry in the world, and has a very important role in filling this requirement for animal protein into the future in more sustainable ways.

Professor Britta Shaffelke

Research Program Leader - Sustainable Coastal Ecosystems and Industries in Tropical Australia

A Healthy and Resilient Great Barrier Reef

Australian Institute of Marine Science

Here in the National Sea Simulator we disentangle the different local pressures and global pressures. Like land run-off and the effects on the Great Barrier Reef.

[Caption: Protecting the reef]

We are collaborating quite widely, industries scientists and government, because it’s an issue that affects everybody.

[Caption: Cleaning our air]

Professor Lidia Morawska

Director, International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health, QUT

Co-Director – Australia, Australia-China Centre for Air Quality Science and Management

Air quality is one of the top risks which humans face.

Queensland provides a very good collaborative environment for working together with international organisations, delivering research outcomes and then for utilisation by our partners.

[Caption: Healing the world]

Professor Ian Frazer AC

The Translational Research Institute is a unique facility globally because here we can do the basic science; we have the animal models to translate it; we have the manufacturing capacity to make products that are ready to go into patients, clinical trials facility and then straight into the hospital. All in one site.

Professor Ron Quinn AM

Foundation Director, Eskitis Institute Griffith University

If you want to treat a disease you have to have someone take a tablet. That contains a compound.

[Caption: Healing from nature]

We make a difference by discovering those compounds from the wonderful biodiversity of Queensland.

Professor Ian Wronski AO

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Division of Tropical Health and Medicine, James Cook University, Townsville

Queensland is exciting. Not only are you at the doorstep of tropical diseases in all its form but you are also in a developed country with a tremendous health system and institutions and government who are really focused on the development of tropical health know-how that I think is gaining attraction worldwide.

[Caption: Eliminating disease]

Dr Steven Donohue

Director, Tropical Public Health Unit, Queensland Health

Eliminate Dengue is making a huge difference because Dengue Fever was such a burden. Many people sick.

And now because of Eliminate Dengue program we’ve gone from lots of outbreaks every wet season to virtually nothing.

Dr Andrew Turley

Field Trial Manager (Australia), Eliminate Dengue

The success has meant that we can transfer this research overseas into international communities where we can have an even bigger impact on the transmission of dengue.

[Caption: Making mining safer ]

Lachlan Campbell

Vice President, Marketing and Technology, GroundProbe

We’re lucky that Queensland and Brisbane in particular is really a hub for mining technology and science. People around the world look to us for the new solutions that are going to drive innovation and change throughout our industry.

Professor Srinivasan Mandyam

Professor of Visual Neuroscience and Robotics, Queensland Brain Institute

School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, The University of Queensland (UQ)

Small creatures flying insects [fly] can navigate with a very small brain and limited resources so the challenge is – how can we do what a bee does in a plane?

Dr Michael Wilson

Senior Researcher, Boeing Research and Technology – Australia

Boeing has been partnering with Professor Srinivasan’s laboratory on a research project aimed at taking what we can learn from birds and bees and make robots smarter… and that’s world class research.

[Caption: Partnering for success]

Professor Srinivasan Mandyam

Partnering with an industry like Boeing it gives us a feeling of our research being relevant to society. And that’s a very big thrill.

Professor Max Lu

Past-Provost and Senior Vice-President, The University of Queensland

President and Vice-Chancellor Surrey University, UK

I’m proud of the fact that I have been contributing significantly to leading a world top 50 university in this wonderful state that in turn puts Queensland science and technology on the world map.

Professor Ian Frazer AO

Queensland science makes a difference not only in Queensland but also globally. We focus on science that is not only important for ourselves but for our region and the planet.

Vanessa Lussini, QUT

Queensland science…

Professor Ron Quinn

…making a difference

Professor Robert Henry

Queensland science…

Professor Sagadevan Mundree

…making a significant difference

Nigel Meadows, Insitu Pacific

Queensland science is…

Professor Lidia Morawska

…making a difference.

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Mining and resources research centres

Queensland has more than 60 institutes, facilities, centres and other research organisations involved in the mining and resources sector including: