Boral ramps up production to deliver on Queensland’s growing infrastructure needs 

Boral, Australia's largest building and construction materials supplier, owns around one billion tonnes of quarry reserves strategically located close to its key markets.  A new state-of-the-art processing plant at the company's Ormeau quarry will ramp up the site's production by 400%.  Read more


Quarry Industry Survey

With COVID-19 restrictions starting to lift, Quarry is undertaking an industry sentiment survey of the quarrying sector. This is an opportunity for you to have your say by completing a short questionnaire.



IQA launches ONLINE Effective Risk Management Course

The IQA has launched a new online course - Effective Risk Management”. 
The course explains fundamental concepts of managing workplace risks, and the legislative and regulatory environment in which quarries operate. 
The course is suitable for managers, supervisors and key support personnel and will cover:

  • Establishing the end to end process for systematic management of risk, including risk identification and analysis
  • Application of the hierarchy of controls to identified risks
  • Implementation of control measures
  • The essential role of effective consultation and communication in managing risk
  • Reviewing and improving risk management processes.

The course will take approximately 4 hours to complete, and can be paused and re-commenced at any time. A completion certificate will be issued once finished. 
Cost: $99 for members and $135 non-members.


Important note for SSEs in Queensland: This course meets the requirements for the Site Senior Executives on sites with less than six employees who must complete a course in Effective Risk Management (as well as Introduction to Safety Management Systems, Incident Investigation, and Electrical Awareness).


The IQA releases Respirable Crystalline Silica resources

The IQA has invested heavily in developing a suite of resources to educate the industry on respirable crystalline silica (RCS). This includes a workshop that will cover in-depth, the changes to the Workplace Exposure Standard (WES) for RCS from 0.1mg/m3 to 0.05mg/m3. Specifically, the workshop will focus on:

  •  Health effects
  • Workplace exposure standard and adjustment for longer shifts
  • Risk assessment
  • Monitoring
  • Controls
  • Communication and training
  • Reporting
  • Principal hazard management plans
  • Monitoring, reporting and communication with staff

The workshops will be scheduled once face-to-face training resumes, post-COVID-19 restrictions. until then, a three-phase release will occur - fact sheets, webinars and workshops to educate on RCS best practice guidelines, product exposure, and employee health and safety.

Fact Sheets are now available online.

The IQA can deliver specific RCS training for your workforce via webinar. Please email to tailor your needs.


IQA's response to the COVID-19 outbreak

The IQA takes the wellbeing of members, staff, presenters, suppliers and hosts seriously and is conscious of the instructions being given by the government and health officials. Our top priority is everyone’s health and wellbeing and supporting strategies that will help stop the spread of the virus. To support Australian and global strategies aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19, the IQA Board has made the decision to postpone all IQA face to face events scheduled up to and including 31st July 2020. This includes education workshops, conferences and Branch events. 

In addition, the IQNZ conference which was scheduled for July 2020, has been postponed. Further advice will be provided when available. 

While the IQA will postpone face to face events in the coming months, we will monitor the situation and work closely with industry to reschedule events and ensure access to education is maintained. The IQA is constantly increasing its online offerings. If you have urgent training needs, please contact us and we can discuss online options.

The IQA will continue to respond to any new directions by authorities regarding events and ways to help stop the spread of COVID-19. We will work closely with the industry on our contingency planning and will reschedule events when appropriate to do so. The IQA was due to release face-to-face training on Respirable Crystalline Silica in April. This face to face training will be delayed. The IQA will still release RCS general awareness material and will be available to support any questions on RCS.

You will continue to have access to IQA staff via email and phone. For any training needs please email Please stay safe as we all work together to prevent the spread of this disease.