Highlights See All

October 2018
Dr Alan Finkel on Australia’s resources industry: ‘It’s more than just rocks in the ground’
Australia's Chief Scientist, Alan Finkel, sees inherent value in Australia's mining industry and believes innovation in mining is greatly undervalued. Alan Finkel is an endlessly curious man. As Australia’s Chief Scientist, it’s a quality that one would expect he have, but it’s a curiosity that delves deeper than most people’s desire to know the unknown. During his speech at an AusIMM Women in Mining event in July, he discussed the genuine fascination he has with mining, comparing his Read More
October 2018
The evolving nature of social licence to operate
Social licence to operate has historically been a key risk for the mining and metals sector, but it is evolving into a strategic risk that is much more complex to identify and manage Boardrooms across Australia are debating the notion of social licence to operate. The debate has opened up due to two key factors: 1. The Royal Commission on banking, and the resulting reports by regulators, have highlighted the need for increased focus on corporate social licence to operate. 2. The draft Read More
October 2018
Leadership and emotional intelligence
The secret to developing leaders of the future starts with a timeless scientific concept, emotional intelligence (EQ). This article outlines strategies for developing EQ competence. What is the future of work? When we ask this question, we generally think of artificial intelligence and obsolete degrees, but when I think of the future of work, I think about developing leaders of the future. Leaders that are highly capable of leading teams remotely, flexibly and innovatively. How are we Read More
October 2018
Professional perspectives: inspiring industry leaders
We asked four AusIMM professionals: has there been a leader who has inspired you in your career, and what did you learn from them? The leader that has inspired me the most is Denise Goldsworthy. She is my boss at Alternate Futures, a company she set up to facilitate collaboration and innovation in the mining industry that has strong credibility linking government, industry and research groups in order to connect solutions to problems. Denise is inspirational because she is extremely Read More
October 2018
The power of local level agreements
Local level agreements between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and miners have helped create global opportunities As part of the AusIMM’s recognition and celebration of the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to Australia’s resources industry, this article offers a perspective on the global significance of 30 years of agreement making between resource developers and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia. Local level agreements Read More
Left to right: Prof. Stephen Smith, Ms Erica Smyth AC, Dr Chris Pigram, Ms Adrienne Rourke, Mr Will Robinson, Ms Joyce McCulloch, Mayor, Mount Isa City Council, Mr Andrew Cripps (taskforce chair), Prof. Marcia Langton, Mr Mike Henry, Mr Paul Flynn.
October 2018
Securing the future of our resources sector
Australia's Resources 2030 Taskforce is focused on how Australia can build community support and a wider understanding of the value of the resources sector. At the start of August, Australia’s Resources 2030 Taskforce presented its findings and recommendations to the Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Matt Canavan. The ten-member taskforce, appointed by Minister Canavan in late March 2018, recommended bold reforms to ensure Australia’s resources sector remains globally Read More
Recent Articles

Mining peak body takes professional excellence to the world stage
[caption id="attachment_14437" align="alignright" width="300"] Clockwise from back left: AusIMM CEO Stephen Durkin, Australian Embassy in China (DFAT) senior staff member Scott Wilson, AusIMM President Colin Moorhead and Chair of GMAC Peter Arkell.[/caption] The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM), the peak body for professionals in the resources sector, has today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Global Mining Association of China (GMAC). The Read More
AusIMM New Leaders’ Conference and the National Mining Games comes to Sydney 2018
With an increasing focus on developing the skills of younger generations to face contemporary issues in the mining sector, the AusIMM New Leaders’ Conference and the National Mining Games 2018 were perfectly positioned as the networking and teambuilding events of the year for young resources professionals. The New Leaders’ Conference The New Leaders’ Conference provided young professionals with two days of thought-provoking presentations from industry, research and professional Read More
2018 AusIMM Illawarra Branch Presidential Dinner
In recognition of AusIMM’s 125th anniversary, the University of Wollongong presented AusIMM President Colin Moorhead with a plaque to acknowledge the ongoing close connection and collaboration between the University and AusIMM. It was AusIMM and the associated local industries that lobbied, provided the submissions and most of the resources for the establishment of the Wollongong University College, as part of the then NSW University of Technology, (now the University of Read More
Digital Disruption in Exploration Symposium
Exploration for mineral, energy and water resources is facing disruption – driven by more complex geological targets, new commodities and new technologies. The growing volume of high-quality data from disparate sources presents an enormous opportunity to develop new ways of collecting, interpreting and understanding geoscientific data. CSIRO's Digital Disruption in Exploration Symposium will bring together international and Australian experts from industry, government and academia for Read More
Victoria’s mining renaissance
Victoria’s minerals sector is experiencing a revitalisation with increased success from exploration to commercial production. In August, the Victorian Government launched State of Discovery, a new minerals resources strategy to build on nation-leading minerals exploration growth, complementing this potential and building on a host of initiatives already underway. 'This strategy delivers a whole-of-government approach across the mining lifecycle. It sets a path for improving the Read More
Future leaders critical to the future of the mining industry
With the mining industry currently facing a critical skills shortage, a larger emphasis needs to be placed on attracting and engaging the next generation of leaders, says the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) - founding partner of the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC). Research conducted in partnership with AusIMM, who are the peak body for resources professionals, into student perspectives towards the sector has revealed that students are Read More
October 2018
Country snapshot: Chile
[caption id="attachment_14291" align="alignright" width="388"] Key facts: Chile.[/caption] A prosperous and politically stable nation, Chile enjoys abundant natural resources and is the world's largest producer of copper Chile is a country of nearly 18 million people that occupies a narrow stretch of land running down the west coast of South America. Its neighbours are Peru, Bolivia and Argentina, and the country is bordered to the west by the Pacific Ocean, with the Drake Passage to Read More
October 2018
Workforce of the future
In a rapidly evolving industry, what skills will professionals require to take on the challenges of tomorrow? In the December 2017 AusIMM Bulletin, Michelle Ash correctly pointed out that our industry in the future will not exist in the same way as it does now. This is an important observation, as it begs the question of which skills we currently consider so vital to our industry and how these might change. The simple answer is that everything is up for grabs. Non-operational roles Read More
October 2018
AusIMM Thought Leadership Series report
The AusIMM 125 Year Thought Leadership Series was an opportunity for delegates to share their insights and expertise. This summary article distils key ideas from the Series, and the full report is available from 125.ausimm.com Themes The key theme ‘how will professionals shape the future of the resources sector?’ provoked insightful discussions between stakeholders and professionals alike. Our industry is a technical one, and this technical expertise is of immense importance if Australia Read More
October 2018
Book Review: Mining and Sustainable Development
The term ‘sustainable development’ is rarely paired with the extractives sector; however, the book Mining and Sustainable Development: Current Issues (2018), edited by Sumit K Lodhia, does just that. [caption id="attachment_14094" align="alignright" width="196"] Mining and Sustainable Development (2018).[/caption] The book provides insight into current and historical challenges relating to the extractives sector in terms of sustainability and development from a variety of Read More
October 2018
Geoscience input into blasting operations – let’s set a new standard
This is an abridged version of a paper published in the Tenth International Mining Geology Conference 2017 proceedings. The full paper is available from ausimm.com/shop Abstract The author contends that geoscience is presently under-utilised in the rock fragmentation by blasting process. Before we can set standards in this area, the following is required: mine geologists need to gain a better understanding of the blasting process and the blasting team needs to obtain a better Read More
October 2018
PLUMECAST – a predictive modelling system
A case study exploring the economic and environmental benefits of adopting fine-scale meterological and dispersion forecasting systems in open cut mining operations Background The voice of the community regarding environmental impacts is becoming increasingly strong in Australia and mining operations are facing economic and environmental challenges to satisfy regulatory bodies and local communities that they are operating within compliance limits and are effectively managing potential Read More