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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
If I knew then what I know now: reflections on a career in resources
An examination of personal growth and leadership This article is based on a keynote address I gave at the AusIMM New Leaders’ Conference last year. In preparation for my keynote, I went back to the paper I presented at the inaugural Young Professionals Conference (hosted by the AusIMM North West Queensland Branch) in October 1995. The theme that year was ‘Developing the Future’, and as a young professional myself, I presented a paper called ‘Women in the Workplace at Northparkes’ about 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

Future of Mining? MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) launch
Author: Glen Corder Launching March 6, 2018   The five week 'Future of Mining? course aims to explore the risks, challenges and opportunities facing the mining industry over the next few decades. By introducing and utilising scenario planning as a strategic tool, students will consider a range of possible futures for the minerals sector, while considering factors that contribute to uncertain societal, corporate and physical environments. Students will explore the current issues and 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
Philippine Mining Luncheon hosts AusIMM President in Manila
The Philippine Mining Luncheon hosted AusIMM President Colin Moorhead as its distinguished guest speaker at its April event in Manila. Colin spoke about running a mining company in Indonesia (Merdeka Copper Gold), and gave an update on AusIMM’s Future Directions strategy. His insights into the Indonesian minerals industry were particularly enlightening, given the Philippines is experiencing a similar scenario in its mining industry. Colin was accompanied by AusIMM CEO Stephen Read More
April 2018
How lucky were we? Geoscience working lives
An overview of a group of geoscientists who graduated in the late 1960s and the forces that shaped their careers A group of geoscientists who graduated from the University of Queensland (UQ) in the late 1960s have recorded their career experiences, covering a period of spectacular and volatile growth in the Australian resource industries. This article aims to summarise the forces that shaped the working lives of this UQ cohort, and distil career lessons and strategies that could be Read More
April 2018
The AusIMM Bulletin: the last 25 years
Since being first published nearly 80 years ago, the AusIMM Bulletin has been a reflection of the resources industry and its professionals In his inaugural Presidential editorial in the February 2017 AusIMM Bulletin, Colin Moorhead stressed the need for resource industry professionals to engage with others in the industry and ‘to understand the needs of mining professionals, the global mining industry and the capital markets upon which it depends, but also to remember where we came Read More
April 2018
The hidden value in out-of-print monographs
Modern resources professionals should not overlook the valuable information collated during the past century, and instead may find valuable lessons from books of the past I have recently been thinking about the wealth of value contained in old, out-of-print industry monographs, and want to explain why I think these volumes should be readily available to all geologists and other resources professionals. It is perfectly understandable that people assume that new and more recent work on Read More
April 2018
A personal perspective on the resources industry in New Zealand
Feast and famine at the coalface: a look back at some of the opportunities, challenges and lessons from a resources career in New Zealand from the 1960s-1990s As a schoolboy in Northwest England in the 1940s and early 50s, I spent hours studying the map of New Zealand, dreaming that one day I might explore its varied and beautiful mountain landscape and discover mineral wealth. However, my plans were put on hold by military service in the RAF Mountain Rescue Team in North Wales and then Read More
April 2018
Developments in health and safety
In this special series of articles, we asked some of our AusIMM professional societies and networks for their industry insights.The following is a collection of thoughts from some of our health and safety professionals on how practices have developed over the past 125 years Is there a single event that defined the beginning of this technical discipline in Australasia? Mining has always been seen as a hazardous undertaking. Safety legislation was developed as a result of mining accidents Read More
April 2018
AusIMM annual compliance report
The AusIMM Complaints and Ethics Committees’ report on their work monitoring compliance with the AusIMM Code of Ethics and professional codes during 2017 The AusIMM promotes the highest professional and ethical standards of its members through a strong focus on professional ethics and best practice implementation of professional codes. Under the AusIMM By-Laws, all AusIMM members are bound by the AusIMM Code of Ethics, any other Board-approved codes, regulation and directives and the Read More