The Queensland government is working on a project that would see the it partner with a company developing drones that can think for themselves.
Over the next three years, international aerospace company Boeing will develop and test "autonomous systems" - or drones that can perform tasks without human assistance.
This technology is predicted to help in a range of industries, such as the military, emergency response and farming.
"At Boeing we believe autonomy is going to continue to enter our lives, both personally and professionally," Boeing vice-president Chris Raymond said.
Similar technology had been used in the recent California bushfires and during hurricanes.
"We do not invest in development unless we can see a clear result coming down the track which means long-term skilled jobs for Queensland," QLD Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
"We know our state sees the effects of floods and cyclones, and these types of autonomous instruments ... can contribute to saving people's lives."
It is understood that the project is set to create 131 jobs over the next three years, according to AAP.