Voluntary code asks for suppliers to be sourced locally

MINING companies will be urged to use local suppliers if they want to gain enduring community support under a new industry code of practice.

The Queensland Resources Council teamed up with the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association to establish the local content guidelines.

The voluntary code asks proponents of major projects to look locally when searching for suppliers.

The code also provides a way to assess the progress in engaging local suppliers and report the outcomes.

"Resources projects need practical strategies to engage local industry if they are going to secure enduring community support, deliver projects effectively and maximise benefits for Queenslanders," Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney said.

Mr Seeney, who tabled the code of practice in Parliament on Thursday, said the State Government would be watching to see if the initiative was acted upon.

"The Government will watch closely how it is adopted and the outcomes it achieves, but I am confident of a positive and practical response from all involved," he said.

"The code's principles and its framework for practice have the potential to secure real benefits for Queensland."

Queensland Resources Council chief executive Michael Roche said the energy and minerals industry in Queensland was home to 70,000 direct jobs.

"...and through $28 billion in local purchases, more than 400,000 indirect jobs," Mr Roche said.

"However, we're not resting on our laurels.

"This code is the right vehicle to pursue the twin goals of facilitating a high level of Queensland content in Queensland resource projects, while maintaining and enhancing the sector's competitiveness in increasingly tough global markets."