About QEC

About the Queensland Exploration Council (QEC)

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, 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).

QEC’s focus is on investment attraction and promotion of the exploration industry. 

Membership gives access to initiatives in exploration investment attraction, the monthly newsletter, sponsorship opportunities as well a platform to set, implement and participate in the QEC’s agenda to bring investment to Queensland.

In 2021 the QEC updated its strategic plan with the vision: 


The Queensland Exploration Council supports explorers on their pathway to production


Click here to view the QEC Strategic Plan 2021


Governance of the QEC

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

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

Kim Wainwright

QEC Chair
Kim holds a number of board and directorship positions in the exploration and mining sector including being CEO of Xplore Resources; a mining services company specialising in geological and exploration services. Kim is also Chair of a resources private equity fund that has acquired assets globally under Kim’s leadership. Kim started her first business in 2009 after ten years in Government; including holding high level public policy positions.

Stephen Kelemen

QEC Deputy Chair - Petroleum & Gas
Diverse petroleum industry experience including reservoir, development, operations, exploration, JV management, R&D and M&A evaluation developed through his 38 year career with Santos Ltd.

Darren Walker

QEC Deputy Chair - Minerals & Coal
With over 18 years’ experience in exploration, mining operations, marketing and corporate management in coal, iron ore, gold and other metals as well as petroleum and gas, Darren is passionate about exploration and the exploration industry.

The QEC is
supported by
QRC Secretariat staff

The day-to-day running of QEC is managed by the Marketing Manager and QRC Resource Policy Director

Katie-Anne Mulder

QRC Policy Director, Resources
Katie-Anne is Director, Resources Policy at the Queensland Resources Council which includes oversight of QEC. Katie-Anne has led and developed many critical reforms including uranium policy, an industry consensus model for overlapping tenures, Land Court reforms and a Queensland strategy for the Cooper Basin. Katie has also led policy development within government at both the state and federal level. Her experience on both sides of the policy fence gives her unique insights into how regulations emerge, are implemented and evolve

Samantha Nasternak

QEC Marketing Manager
Through more than 5 years as QRC’s Communications Adviser, Samantha has gained a wide range of experience in digital marketing, event management and corporate communications. Now in her role as QEC Marketing Manager, Samantha is excited for the opportunities ahead for the QEC and is passionate in her work on the QUREX Gateway and bringing to life QEC’S renewed marketing and events strategy.


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


Bring together project proponents and investors


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


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


Provide benefits to build membership


Build reciprocal partnerships with like and related organisations

What we do

The QEC endeavours to influence perceptions about the importance of exploration, and promote Queensland’s prospectivity to investors and businesses that support the exploration industry.

How we do it

The QEC has four distinct working groups;

  1. Industry Feedback Working Group
    For small to mid-scale explorers to express their feedback, concerns and best practice on exploration issues. 
  2. QUREX Working Group
    Maximises functionality and develop relevant content for the Queensland Resources and Exploration Gateway.
  3. Research Working Group
    Strengthens and fosters QEC’s stakeholder relationships with Queensland universities and other research bodies to assist and facilitate development and promotion of scientific knowledge and research in exploration. 
  4. Scorecard Working Group
    Develops the annual QEC Exploration Scorecard publication, highlighting exploration achievements and areas of improvement within the exploration industry. 

Complementing the policy work of the Queensland Resources Council, the QEC is seeking to promote the natural advantages of Queensland and Brisbane as a home to minerals and energy companies and the wide range of essential service companies.

Our Corporate Partners

The QEC would not be possible without its corporate partners.  These companies are vital to fulfilling QEC’s ambitious agenda and we thank them for their ongoing support. 

Click here to read about becoming a QEC Corporate Partner

Queensland Government

The Department of Natural Resources and Mines (DNRM) is an economic development agency that enables the productive and responsible use of our natural resources to generate wealth and prosperity for current and future generations of Queenslanders.

McCullough Robertson

McCullough Robertson, established in 1926, is a full service commercial law firm with proven capacity and capability to handle the complex legal issues facing business today.


Minter Ellison

MinterEllison is an international law firm, headquartered in Australia and regarded as one of the Asia-Pacific’s premier law firms. Its teams collaborate across Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the UK to deliver exceptional outcomes.

Energy Mines and Money

Developed in partnership with the Queensland Government and Trade and Investment Queensland, Energy Mines and Money showcases critical mineral, coal, oil and gas, hydrogen and renewable energy projects to prospective investors throughout a two-day conference and exhibition taking place in Brisbane from 1-2 June 2020.


To view our members go to the ‘Membership’ page.