QMEA is a highly successful program placing students onto pathways into the resources sector and other science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) industries.

Australia’s largest and most successful industry-led, schools/industry initiative, the Academy’s programs and experiences broaden students’ and teachers’ knowledge of the resources sector and provide a talent pipeline of employees into VET and STEM-related careers, with a strong focus on female and indigenous students.

QMEA constantly develops and refreshes exciting hand-on programs to keep pace with the skills needed for the careers of the future in trades and professions.  We also support teachers to ensure they are confident to bring STEM-based topics to students in an engaging way.

QMEA also supports teacher development teachers through the education website www.oresomeresources.com, which contains a wealth of information and resources sector based classroom resources.

QMEA’s focus is to help young people to seek pathways into highly rewarding and long -term careers in the resources sector and support its industry sponsors to develop their workforces of the future.

The QMEA is a partnership between the Queensland resources sector represented by the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and the Queensland Government, through its Gateway to Industry Schools Program.


in post in post school study chose engineering and related technologies compared to 15% non-QMEA students

13% female QMEA students

enter mining-related apprenticeship or traineeships compared to 2% non-QMEA female students


with STEM and Vet themes were held throughout 2019

25 industry QMEA sponsors

plus significant in-kind support from companies and universities helped to make all of these outcomes achievable

Established in 2005 with 18 schools, the QMEA now engages with 88 schools across the state.

With industry support, the QMEA team provides genuine opportunities for school-industry engagement.

View a list of our schools here

QMEA is grateful to its sponsors for their ongoing support, both financially and in-kind, including advice to QMEA, schools and teachers, involvement in events such as teacher professional development activities, site tours, challenges and employment of academy students post school.

View a list of our sponsors here

The QMEA Board is made up of a number of experienced company and government representatives who are vital in the continuation of QMEA and its agenda moving forward.

View a list of our board here

The QMEA has a team of highly skilled and experienced professionals with expertise across a range of disciplines including science educators, highly-regarded education managers, VET and communications experts.

View our team here

QMEA release a range of publications, including our annual report which provides a summary of the year that was, and our annual outcomes report which provides a snapshot of important achievements and milestones from the year.

View a list of our publications here