Our Operation

Queensland Alumina Limited (QAL) is one of the largest alumina refineries in Australia. We commenced production in March 1967 making us Australia's first alumina refinery. We produce some 3.80 million tonnes of the world's best smelter grade alumina per year, that is used locally by Boyne Smelters Limited and shipped across the globe.

Our refinery is located in the city of Gladstone, Queensland. Our operations include a wharf and storage facility on South Trees Island. 



QAL produces alumina on behalf of two aluminium companies.

  • Rio Tinto 80%
  • Rusal 20%

Economic Contribution

In 2020 we:

  • Paid $983 million in contributions to the economy (includes salaries, partnerships, in-kind support, taxes and total national supplier spend).
  • Paid $143.4 million to the Gladstone economy in the form of employee wages and benefits.
  • Paid $279.7 million for local goods and services.


Locations our Alumina is shipped to.
  • Queensland
  • Qatar
  • Tasmania
  • China
  • United Arab Emirates
  • New Zealand
  • Bahrain
  • Russia