What is the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA)?

  • A virtual academy of 39 Queensland schools
  • 16 industry sponsors
  • Assists students with their understanding of, and exposure to, the resources sector and related career paths
  • A Queensland Resources Council and Queensland Government partnership


The QMEA is Australia’s largest and most successful industry/education schools partnership between the Queensland resources sector represented by the Queensland Resources Council and the Queensland Government, through the Gateway Industry Schools Program.

Through its school-industry partnerships the QMEA offers a range of programs and experiences to broaden students’ and teachers’ knowledge of the sector and provide a talent pipeline of employees into the resources sector and other related science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) industries.


  • STEMPunks Teacher PD, Dalby, 10 October
  • My Digital WorldDalby, 11 October
  • STEM 4 SchoolKids, Middlemount, 11 October
  • Beakers.Bots.Build, Pittsworth, 12 October
  • STEM Punks Teacher PD, Wandoan, 16 October
  • Dr Tony Yeigh Teacher PD, Gladstone, 16 October

To view all upcoming events, click here.
For more information please email info@qmea.org.au.


To find resources that support the teaching of minerals and energy, go to Oresome Resources

To find out more about the Queensland resources sector, go to Queensland Resources Council

To find out about the Queensland Government’s ‘Gateway to Industry Schools Program’, go to Gateway Schools



Pathways explored by central Queensland students

Students from across central Queensland have set out on trade and professional pathways to careers in the resources sector this week thanks to the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA). The students took part in...

QMEA assists teaching the teachers

A series of teacher professional development workshops are being held this week for teachers from local Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) schools in the Gladstone region. Around 40 teachers will try their hand at...

Students get jump start in energy game

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Trading schools for high-tech trades

About 50 students from central Queensland will trade the classroom for a high-tech career in resources thanks to the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA). Under the watchful eye of Anglo American employees, 20 Biloela...

Students on right path to resource jobs

Try a trade or solve a maths equation? These questions will be more easily answered by Capella and Clermont high school students today. About 40 year 10 students will take part in the Queensland Minerals...

New tricks of the trade for next gen tradies

Driverless trucks, augmented reality, remotely operated mines, it all sounds futuristic, but the skills required to maintain these new technologies is needed in the toolkits of the next generation of tradies. Taking their first step...

Toolkit for future careers

About 20 students from Middlemount Community School have a rare opportunity to visit a mine site this week and explore careers available to them in the resources sector. The Middlemount South Toolkit 4 School Kids...

Past QMEA students – where are they now?

Meet Sarah Coughlan, another QMEA success story to come out of the regions. Graduating from Nanango State High School in 2011, Sarah now works for Anglo American as a graduate mining engineer. Her experience at...

Indigenous and female students explore engineering and trades

 Indigenous and female students make up nearly half the students taking part in the trade and engineering camps in Mount Isa this week, run by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA). Under the watchful...

Drones take flight in Capella

The Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) and Glencore Coal have joined forces in central Queensland to deliver drone technology to students at Capella State High School. More than 30 year 7 students are destined...