The Queensland Exploration Council (QEC) is recognised as the go-to member organisation in Queensland for bringing exploration and opportunity together.

The QEC is an initiative of the peak industry body for the resources industry in Queensland – the Queensland Resources Council (QRC).

Established in 2010, the QEC is a not-for-profit, non-government organisation which sits within the QRC alongside QRC’s other initiative, the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA).

Governance of the QEC

 QEC is led by a specialist leadership team of exploration experts who share knowledge and volunteer their time to the QEC:

  • Kim Wainwright – QEC Chair, also CEO Xplore Resources
  • Stephen Kelemen – QEC Deputy Chair (petroleum specialist)
  • Darren Walker – QEC Deputy Chair (minerals & coal specialist), also General Manager – Resources Development, U&D Coal

It is also governed by a volunteer Management Committee to oversee the progress and working groups of the QEC, to ensure key objectives are met.


QEC Key services and initiatives:


  • Promote and facilitate exploration in Queensland
  • Publicise exploration related research and development
  • Gather exploration industry issues and provide a conduit to the QRC and governments
  • Connect explorers with government and the community
  • Provide networking opportunities for colleagues and new business contacts
  • Provide exposure and brand awareness for sponsors
  • Facilitate QEC member offers on professional services


  • Websites: QEC and Queensland Resources & Exploration Gateway (QUREX)
  • Queensland Exploration Scorecard publication
  • Newsletters: Exploring Queensland and The Gateway
  • Social media channels
  • QEC media releases
  • QEC/McCullough Robertson Investment Showcase event
  • QEC/EY Member Networking event
  • QEC Technical Forum
  • QEC Breakfast and Scorecard Launch
  • QEC Member Briefings

Enabling strategies:

 INFORM – Provide information and links to promote the sector and support decision making

FACILITATE – Bring together project proponents and investors

MONITOR – Track the health of the Queensland exploration sector through the Exploration Scorecard

CONNECT – Create interesting and informative events for members to learn and build their networks

INCENTIVISE – Provide benefits to build membership

LEVERAGE Build reciprocal partnerships with like and related organisations

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