As mining and resource industries worldwide respond to changing demands around productivity, environmental outcomes and the extraction of difficult-to-access resources, Queensland METS businesses and researchers are at the vanguard of providing solutions.

Queensland has over 800 METS companies, more than any other Australian state. Queensland METS providers are world leaders in mine safety, site rehabilitation and remediation, digital solutions, contract mining and project management.

Areas of expertise

Queensland METS companies offer expertise in critical areas, including:

  • Mining equipment:
    • manufactured items (plant, machinery, equipment)
    • parts for machinery and equipment
    • industry-specific supplies such as chemicals and explosives
    • construction and civil engineering
  • Mining technology:
    • engineering design
    • information and communications technology (eg data analytics, real-time monitoring and sensors)
    • scientific research into geoscience, mine engineering, mineral processing and other mining industries
  • Mining services:
    • applied sciences such as laboratory work, environmental sciences, geospatial data processing
    • equipment maintenance and repairs
    • specialised mining consulting

Queensland Government support

The Queensland Government has a range of METS initiatives to continue to grow the sector and take the state’s world-leading METS expertise to new markets. Guided by the  Queensland Mining, Equipment, Technology and Services 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan (PDF, 5.25MB), these initiatives include accelerator programs and research-industry collaborations.

A key initiative is the development of industry clusters to tackle some of the sector’s biggest challenges, including

  • mine water remediation and tailings
  • digital solutions
  • robotics and automation.

Principal partner in the industry clusters is METS Ignited, the Australian Government’s Industry Growth Centre. As a result of this partnership, METS Ignited runs numerous pilot programs in Queensland, putting the state at the forefront of METS research and innovation.