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The Department of Natural Resources and Mines and the Department of Energy and Water Supply have been combined to create the new Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy.

We will continue to update this website while we work on our new website.

Working for DNRME

A career at DNRME is an opportunity to take on a challenging and meaningful role in the sustainable management of Queensland’s natural resources - our land, minerals and water.

We offer a range of flexible and family friendly working arrangements and attractive employment conditions.

More than anything, we value every employee for their contribution and we actively support their health and wellbeing and their ongoing learning and development.

We actively encourage diversity and encourage applications from Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders, women, people with a disability and people from a non-English speaking background.

Note: Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Futures team can provide information and support in applying for roles with us. Please call 3199 7395 for assistance.

About us

Our role is to ensure that all Queenslanders benefit from the responsible use our natural resources.

We have more than 2400 staff, with offices located across Queensland, including Brisbane, Cairns, Townsville, Mt Isa, Mackay, Rockhampton, Emerald, Wide Bay and the Gold Coast.

Find out more in Welcome to DNRME: who we are and what we do (PDF, 5.0MB).

What we offer

Attractive salary arrangements

We offer competitive salaries and salary sacrificing including for superannuation contributions, as well as generous superannuation - you contribute 2-5% of your salary, which we match with an employer contribution of up to 12.75%. Find out more from the QSuper website.

We also have incentives for people willing to work in remote and regional locations, including help with relocation expenses.

Family friendly and work-life balance

As a best practice employer, we offer a range of employment arrangements that help employees manage family and lifestyle commitments while taking into account business needs.

Leave provisions

  • Recreation leave - a minimum 20 working days per year (pro rata for part-time), plus leave loading
  • Parental leave - up to 14 weeks paid maternity/adoption leave, with the possibility of up to 2 years unpaid parental leave to be your child's primary carer. You can also work part-time until your child starts school
  • Sick leave - 10 working days sick leave (pro rata for part-time) each year on full pay that accumulates (if not taken)
  • Long service leave - 6.5 working days for each year of service (pro rata for part-time), which you can take after you’ve completed 7 years of service
  • Purchased leave - you can apply to purchase up to 6 extra weeks leave a year
  • Volunteer leave - paid special leave available when volunteering for non-profit organisations

Flexible working conditions

  • Flexible hours - enable you to vary work hours and pattern of attendance
  • Part-time employment - supports parents of young children and others who do not wish or cannot work full time
  • Telecommuting - allows you to work part of your hours at home or other departmental offices

Rewards and recognition

We offer a reward and recognition program linked to the guiding principles in our strategic plan.

Professional development

We offer a range of learning and professional development opportunities including:

  • in-house training
  • professional networks
  • mentoring
  • involvement in multi-discipline projects
  • the opportunity to move into other roles.

Diversity, health and wellbeing

We strive to make DNRME a great place to work for everyone, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity or disability. We actively support the wellbeing of our staff through programs that focus on their mental, emotional, physical and financial wellbeing. Our programs include:

  • Employee assistance program - a counselling service available to all employees and their immediate family to help with personal and work-related problems
  • Mental health programs - for staff developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis
  • Health and wellbeing programs - including an annual influenza vaccination program
  • Diversity and inclusion programs - supporting women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from a non-English speaking background and people with a disability
  • White Ribbon Australia accreditation - to further support our people affected by domestic and family violence

Find out more

Read about our support for diversity and our community responsibility, including White Ribbon Australia accreditation.


Last updated: 19 January 2018

The Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy is an economic development agency that enables the productive and responsible use of our natural resources – water, land, mineral and energy resources – to generate wealth and prosperity for current and future generations of Queenslanders.

A proud White Ribbon Accredited Workplace, in recognition of the active steps taken to recognise, prevent, respond and support staff affected by domestic and family violence. We are committed to creating a safe, inclusive and respectful workplace.

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