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April 2018
Expertise and excellence: the Arvi Parbo story
Sir Arvi Parbo’s remarkable career spans the second half of the twentieth century and took him from post-war Germany to the start of a new millennium in Australia Sir Arvi Parbo arrived in Australia as a young immigrant in 1949, escaping the uncertainty of post-war Europe. In the decades afterwards, his determination to learn and passion for mining saw him climb the ranks to senior positions within Western Mining Corporation (WMC), where he worked for 43 years. Under his direction as Read More
April 2018
Looking to the future of the resources sector
Mining has come a long way since 1893, and there are even more challenges and exciting opportunities ahead The resources industry has changed greatly over the last 125 years. While many principles remain the same, current developments provide exciting opportunities for resources professionals. Given the high demand for minerals and metals for many technologies and building materials, our industry is vital for modern society, but there is much work to be done. The measure of success will Read More
April 2018
Calm, considered and committed: Sam Walsh’s approach to leadership
Sam Walsh led some of the deepest cuts ever seen in corporate Australia. But the gently spoken mining executive is anything but fearsome. Leading one of the world’s largest metal and mining companies through major culture and business changes isn’t a task for the faint-hearted. But then again, Sam Walsh isn’t your average chief executive. The well-respected and quietly spoken West Australian father of three took the task in his stride without batting an eyelid. Walsh led Rio Tinto Read More
April 2018
A brief history of the AusIMM
Celebrating 125 years of heritage with a look back at the story of the AusIMM and its remarkable people The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) formally dates its beginning as 4 April, 1893 when, as the Australasian Institute of Mining Engineers (AIME) it held its first General or Ordinary Meeting in Adelaide. (For simplicity the Institute will be referred to as ‘the AusIMM’ throughout this article.) This followed various prior meetings at which decisions to set up Read More
April 2018
Addressing the gender pay gap in mining
The Workplace Gender Equality Agency’s 2016-17 data shows that mining remains the most male-dominated industry in Australia, with gender pay gaps across all occupations and most management levels. But the industry has been working hard to change that It’s a challenging path to the top for women who want to work in the resources sector. Across the industry, women are far more likely to be working in clerical or administrative roles than calling the shots from the C-suite. Only 2.8 per Read More
April 2018
How strategic community investment can deliver better outcomes
Collective impact programs could be a credible way for companies to secure a licence to operate amidst growing pressure to demonstrate better social outcomes Over the past decade, managing a social licence to operate has consistently featured in EY’s top ten mining and metals industry risk reports. Despite the importance of community investment within the resources sector, examples of progress have been underwhelming. Based on the current evidence, a strategic approach using a collective Read More
Recent Articles

AusIMM leads conversation on future workforce with sold out conference
The Australasian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy (AusIMM) held its inaugural Achieve and Inspire Conference on Friday 18 May in Sydney, leading the conversation on the resources sector's future workforce, with a particular emphasis on diversity of thought and leadership. The conference, hosted by the AusIMM Women in Mining Network, boasted a line-up of nine inspiring speakers who presented on leadership, technology, innovation, culture and diversity. The conference program, which Read More
A renewed focus for the AusIMM Community and Environment Society
The AusIMM Community and Environment (C&E) Society has committed to its work program for 2018, following a group strategy meeting in February. Members of the committee met in Melbourne to align their work with feedback from 2017’s member survey and changes in AusIMM leadership and direction. The forum provided an opportunity to connect and share insights with Board member Alex Atkins and newly appointed CEO Stephen Durkin. Whilst our strategy provides oversight of our work, a Read More
Obituary: George Grant
George Grant was born into a coal mining family at Cessnock in 1935. With that background, George held an excellent rapport with miners at the collieries he managed. In particular, he knew each of the several hundred mine employees by their first name and their sporting interests. An example of the high regard that miners held for him is expressed in a letter to the editor of the local newspaper, from the former head of the miners’ union in the southern district. His letter states: ‘the Read More
Australian Budget 2018: overview for resources professionals
The Federal Government has delivered their 2018 budget, which forecasts stability and growth in the resources sector, but also highlights the imperative role the industry plays in the Australian economy. Treasury is forecasting growth in mining exports of four per cent in 2017-18 and 6.5 per cent in 2018-19, while mining industry capital expenditure is expected to grow by 3.5 per cent in 2019-20. The Government expectation is that by 2019-20, Australia’s mining exports will have roughly Read More
2018 AusIMM Education Endowment Fund Scholarship winners announced
AusIMM is delighted to announce the winners of the annual Education Endowment Fund (EEF) Scholarships, including the prestigious Sir Frank Espie/Rio Tinto Leadershop Award and EEF Premium Scholarships. The core theme of the EFF program is to identify future industry leaders among AusIMM's student members and ensure they are offered meaningful opportunities to develop professionally over the course of their scholarship. Applications for the 2019 Endowment Fund Scholarships will open in Read More
Call for papers – Seventh International Conference on Semi-autogenous & High Pressure Grinding Technology 2019
The 7th International Conference on Semi-Autogenous and High Pressure Grinding Technology will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on September 22nd to September 26th, 2019. Abstract submission is now open. For more information visit the SAG Website at http://www.sagconference.com. The theme of the SAG 2019 Conference is (R)Evolution. Read More
AusIMM announces new Council for Diversity and Inclusion members
The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) has announced the members of its new Council for Diversity and Inclusion, leading the way for a greater representation of all professionals in the resources sector. The role of the Council is to promote diversity, equality and inclusion in the mining and resources sector, by progressing initiatives to ensure the equality of opportunity for all members of the sector regardless of race, ethnicity, heritage, gender, age, religion, Read More
AusIMM announces President-elect
AusIMM launched its 125th anniversary celebrations at the 2018 Congress held in Adelaide last week. During the event, Janine Herzig, a Fellow and Chartered Professional of the AusIMM, was elected to the role of President for 2019. Janine has more than 25 years’ experience in the minerals industry, encompassing executive management, consulting, technical and production roles. After graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering in Mineral Processing, Janine started her professional career Read More
Obituary: Dr Roger John Enright (1937-2017)
  Roger John Enright was born in Sydney in 1937 and studied Mechanical then Mining Engineering at the University of NSW, graduating in 1959. During university vacations, he worked as an underground contract miner at the Zinc Corporation in Broken Hill and at Mt Isa Mines. Following graduation he worked as Assistant Mine Manager at the Mt Lyell Mining and Railway Co, Queenstown. In 1963 Roger went to the USA where he completed a Master of Science (Mining) at the University of West Read More
April 2018
The AusIMM Awards 2018
Recognising and celebrating professional excellence The AusIMM Awards have been recognising contributions to the Institute and professional excellence in the resources industry for more than 80 years. First awarded in 1935, AusIMM Awards celebrate outstanding contributions to best practice professionalism in the resources sector. The awards help to promote and raise the overall standard of professional practice, and send a clear message to our communities that we are committed to the Read More
Recipients of the DPP Scholarship announced
  In a joint partnership with the Australian Institute of Company Directors, AusIMM is thrilled to announce we have offered three places for senior executive women from Western Australia to take part in the Director Pipeline Program (DPP) in 2018. The AusIMM members who have been selected for the scholarships are: Catherine Galli, Sophie Hancock and Sarah Greer. The DPP is an initiative of the AICD and is designed to create a cohort of highly networked ‘board-ready’ executive women Read More
Book review: Rocks, landscapes & resources of the Great Artesian Basin by Warwick Wilmot, Alex Cook & Barry Neville
  A fast, uneducated drive across southwest Queensland can be uninspiring, and then an extension towards the Gulf country or to Lake Eyre may seem unrelated. This 100-page book changes these perceptions completely. This book is a bargain at $15 plus postage and worth buying just to flick through the pages but it is also an excellent gift for a friend and can absorb a reader for days. After all, who has not heard of the Great Artesian Basin and does not know that this is a special Read More
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