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June 2018
‘Never give up’: How Julie Shuttleworth turned her passion into a career
Julie Shuttleworth’s interest in rocks started very early, and ultimately led her to the top of one of the world’s major iron ore producers Talk to Julie Shuttleworth, deputy CEO of the Fortescue Metals Group, and it’s easy to understand why she has done so well. Her passion and enthusiasm for her work are palpable. That positivity and drive started in childhood, as did the focus that helped take her to the top of her chosen field. Born and bred in Pemberton, in the southwest corner Read More
June 2018
The mining industry is making a comeback
Newport Consulting’s 2017-18 Mining Business Outlook Report shows that confidence has returned, and investment will follow with the right government policy support Since the first Mining Business Outlook Report was launched in 2010, Newport Consulting has spent eight years mapping the latest trends, challenges and opportunities impacting Australia’s mining sector. Each year, we have canvassed the views of leading mining executives and stakeholders to gather first-hand insights on the peaks Read More
June 2018
Exploration activity is increasing, and with it greed and speculation
Investor appetite for risk-taking emerged in 2017, and consequently exploration is being funded again. The investment market is also ascribing substantial value to exploration opportunities, which is crucial for the future, as the share market now funds a large proportion of exploration through junior explorers. The availability of exploration funding is an excellent barometer of the state of the mining cycle. The investment market reaction to exploration results and concepts also Read More
June 2018
Understanding your brain in a crisis
When confronted with an emergency, the human brain can behave in a way that seems rational but may in fact be disastrous. Understanding our thought processes and brain behaviour can help us make positive decisions in a crisis. The mining industry can be remarkably hazardous. Understanding how the brain operates during a crisis can help leaders to think more clearly and to effectively manage emergencies – including mining emergencies. In this article, I outline some ideas about managing Read More
June 2018
Member Perspectives: What do professional standards mean to you, and why are they important?
‘AusIMM professional standards have been an integral part of my working life as an employee and, later in my career, as a consultant.’ Annette Pocock MAusIMM Policy Advisor, New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals, Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment – New Zealand Professional standards mean acting in a way that exemplifies high moral and ethical standards. In my opinion, professional standards are defined by the professional knowledge, skill and behaviour expected of AusIMM Read More
June 2018
The importance of iron ore to Western Australia’s economy
As the world’s largest iron ore producer, Western Australia’s iron ore industry is a critical part of the state’s economy and contributes to regional development Western Australia (WA) is the world’s largest iron ore producer, generating 33 per cent of global production in 2017, and dominating production from Australia (less than one per cent of global iron ore production comes from other Australian states and territories; Figure 1). WA has 145 iron ore mine sites within 24 mining Read More
Recent Articles

Queen’s Birthday Honours 2018
AusIMM is proud to honour the significant achievements and contributions that have led to two of our members receiving Queen’s Birthday 2018 Honours on 11 June. We are proud to see the work of our members acknowledged in this auspicious forum. Recipients include: Officer (AO) in the General Division Mr Paul Robertson ESPIE FAusIMM Darling Point NSW 2027 For distinguished service to the mining and infrastructure sectors through financial advisory roles, to public policy development Read More
AusIMM conference calls on Australian government to embrace uranium
Delegates from the 2018 AusIMM International Uranium Conference have urged state and federal governments to embrace uranium mining and actively discuss nuclear energy, at the 13th annual conference in this series, showcasing Australia’s capability in the sector. The conference, held on June 5-6 in Adelaide, was attended by 110 industry, government and NGO representatives from around the world and discussed all aspects of the uranium industry and nuclear fuel cycle. Topics included Read More
Election of AusIMM Directors 2019-2021
Could you be the next AusIMM Director? The AusIMM Board is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Institute. The Board also oversees AusIMM's financial performance and risk management in support of that strategic direction. As a Director, you will play an integral role in the continuing success of the AusIMM. As well as providing an opportunity to give back to the AusIMM, a Director position will help raise your professional profile and allow you to make a positive Read More
Address by the Honourable Kim Beazley AC at AusIMM’s Perth Thought Leadership Series event
On Wednesday 23 May the Honourable Kim Beazley AC, Governor of Western Australia, delivered an address at the AusIMM's 125th Anniversary Thought Leadership Series event in Perth. It was a privilege for the AusIMM to have the Governor speak at our event, and we are pleased to share his speech with our readers below. Thank you Stephen for the welcome. I would firstly like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we meet – the Noongar people – and pay my respects to Read More
June 2018
President’s editorial: Sharing AusIMM’s Future Directions
It is an exciting time for AusIMM. In the past 12 months we have appointed CEO Stephen Durkin, stabilised the organisation’s operations and finances, and set our Board-approved strategy titled ‘Future Directions’. In April and May, we have taken our Institute ‘on the road’ to celebrate our 125-year anniversary and share the work underway on Future Directions. Our journey started in Adelaide for Congress 2018 and the launch of our AusIMM Thought Leadership Series. The energy at these Read More
June 2018
CEO’s editorial: Bringing our strategy to life
AusIMM’s ‘Future Directions’ strategy is a clear and measured approach to build the AusIMM into a world-leading peak body for resources professionals. AusIMM members are starting to see tangible results with our relaunched Bulletin magazine, our new conference branding and a stronger social media presence. We have also increased our engagement with industry and likeminded groups including ATSE, AICD and METS Ignited. Two further examples showcase our commitment to having a greater Read More
June 2018
Papua New Guinea
Resource-rich Papua New Guinea has excellent potential for future mining projects, but a lack of infrastructure, inhospitable terrain and economic instability continue to provide challenges to investment in the region Papua New Guinea (PNG) comprises the eastern half of the island of New Guinea, just north of Australia, and has been an independent nation since 1975. It is rich with mineral deposits including copper, gold, silver, nickel and cobalt, as well as petroleum and natural gas. Read More
June 2018
Water sustainability in the resources sector
Water is a critical input for the mining industry. Measuring, managing and reporting water use in the sector has always presented complex challenges. This issue is becoming more important than ever before. The world is surrounded by water, but did you know that only 2.5 per cent of that is freshwater, two-thirds of which is frozen? Furthermore, two-thirds of the water we do use goes towards growing food. And a staggering 46 per cent of people around the world do not have water piped to Read More
June 2018
Improving assurance for Mineral Resource and Ore Reserve estimates and reporting
Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves are the key assets of a mining company, and senior management, company boards and external stakeholders require assurance on the accuracy of estimated and reported technical information Risk is an inherent component of the mining industry, and risk governance is an integral part of corporate assurance and business decision making. Like the requirements for financial, legal and environmental governance, assurance regarding the processes applied to data Read More
June 2018
Iron ore – meeting market challenges
An overview of key topics and developments in iron ore since 2017, and a look forward to AusIMM and CSIRO’s Iron Ore 2019 conference As planning commences for the Iron Ore 2019 conference in Perth from 22-24 July 2019, now is an opportune time to review some of the key topics and issues that were discussed at the Iron Ore 2017 conference held last July, look at what has happened in the intervening period and finally, speculate on the topics that are likely to be discussed at the 2019 Read More
June 2018
Iron ore spotlight
The iron ore sector employs a significant number of Australia’s resources professionals. There are over 50 000 people employed in the Western Australian iron ore industry alone, and in AusIMM’s 2017 Professional Employment Survey, nearly 15 per cent of respondents worked in the iron ore sector. Properties Iron ore is the term given to a mineral substance that bears iron in sufficient concentrations to be commercially exploitable. Iron ore yields metallic iron (Fe) when heated in the Read More
June 2018
How the ‘tyranny of distance’ affects the Australian economy
This article was originally published by The Conversation and is republished in the Bulletin under Creative Commons (CC BY-ND 4.0). Technology may have reduced transport and communication costs, giving us instant communication around the world, and turning manufacturing into a network of global supply chains stretching across nations. But my recent research with Marie-Claire Robitaille found that Australia’s distance from Europe and the United States still imposes enormous costs on our Read More
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