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August 2017
Science in the sandpit – developing a mining innovation hub in Western Australia
Bringing mining research closer to the action by developing a mining technology centre of excellence in Kalgoorlie-Boulder Based in Brisbane and jointly funded by the mining industry and the federal government, CRC ORE I (one) was established in mid-2010 with an initial five-year term. During this period, much of the initial discovery and development research was undertaken. It became apparent during this time that the impacts of declining grades, declining productivity and increasing Read More
August 2017
Moving from a social licence to operate to a social licence to close
Although many mining companies are familiar with the concept of a social licence to operate, a more holistic view looks at how the impacts of mine closure will affect stakeholders Social licence to operate refers to the ongoing acceptance and approval of a project, company or industry by its stakeholders. It is widely recognised that stakeholder concerns can and have resulted in increased operating costs, schedule delays, reputational damage and, in extreme instances, mine shutdowns. Last Read More
August 2017
The future of mining: more digging through data than strata
The evolution of the industry, its opportunities and how best to equip the energy and resources sector of tomorrow The natural resources industry has long been a dominant player in Australia’s economy. Mining and related services employ more than 380 000 people. The industry accounts for 50 per cent of the nation’s export earnings, with the top 40 sector companies alone producing more than $400 billion in annual revenues (ABS, 2016). However, we have entered an era of extreme volatility Read More
August 2017
The pathway to executive leadership
Perspectives from an executive recruiter and a leadership consultant on preparing for executive leadership positions A leadership shortage? Even in this prolonged downturn, good leaders are in strong demand. Since the Global Financial Crisis almost a decade ago, there has been a crisis of confidence that has raised scrutiny and expectations on leaders. In this high-pressure environment, many leaders have burnt out, never to return. Good leadership can be analysed ad nauseam or it can be Read More
August 2017
How predictive analytics is the future of asset optimisation in mining
A predictive maintenance strategy had the potential to allow mining companies to operate more efficiently, even during times of uncertainty The concept of predictive maintenance (PdM) has been around for a long time, but like the Internet of Things (IoT), it has only recently come to fruition in high-end industries thanks to digital transformation. PdM is defined as a group of emerging scientific technologies that are designed to help determine the condition of in-service equipment in Read More
August 2017
Your revised Chartered Professional Program – on track and on time
The revised AusIMM Chartered Professional Program will provide increased recognition, governance and professional standing, enabling AusIMM CPs to be qualified, competent and current The Professional Accreditation Advisory Taskforce (PAAT) is on track to deliver your enhanced AusIMM Chartered Professional Program (CPP) by 1 January 2018. The taskforce has completed an extensive review of the existing program, taking into consideration member feedback to date, and has identified Read More
Recent Articles

Join the AusIMM Health and Safety Society
Staying up to date on health and safety topics is essential to all professionals working in the resources sector. As the Interim Chair of the AusIMM Health and Safety Society (H&S Society), I strongly encourage all members to join the H&S Society to receive news and resources relevant to this important field. Many AusIMM members have health and safety KPIs as part of their employment performance measurement. Safety is surely embedded as a 'way of thinking' for every mining Read More
Regulation and policy excellence a key focus at IMARC
Promoting best practice regulation and policy excellence will be a key focus at the fourth annual International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC). Each year, with the support of the Victorian Government, IMARC attracts senior level government representatives from Australia and around the globe, with attendance expected from over 25 international ministers and government officials from significant and emerging mining jurisdictions including Ecuador, Iran, Mongolia, Greenland and Read More
Women in railways
Hi, my name is Jody Sainsbury and I am a train driver for BMA Rail – the new kids on the block in delivering coal from BMA coal mine sites within the Bowen Basin to Hay Point Coal Terminal. The coal is then transferred to ships for transport to customers around the world. Firstly, it is essential that you take the time to identify what gives you energy and excites you – a role that gets you out of bed in the morning. I leapt at the offer to step out of my box and hit the track running Read More
How to prepare yourself for the boardroom
Much like when you build a house, starting with a solid foundation as you start your board journey will help you to build a successful long-term board career. How do you build a solid board foundation and become board-ready in a way that will help you now and in to the future? It helps to focus on these three key areas: Mind set Understand that you’ll never really feel ‘ready’ to join a board. It’s one of those things that you have to take the leap and give it a try. This is Read More
WIMnetSA and Inkling Women: strengthening South Australia
In 2016, the AusIMM WIMnetSA committee decided to offer something different to our members in South Australia, so we partnered with Inkling Women to host a unique leadership program. The program stemmed from the idea that WIMnetSA is an organisation who could assemble South Australia’s best and brightest, and provide leadership training for companies who did not have the resources to undertake their own internally. We asked companies to identify ‘high potential’ future or current Read More
Notes from the AusIMM WIMnet Chair
The Variety Bash is an opportunity for those individuals who spend the year raising funds for the children’s charity Variety to have some fun, while at the same time seeing where the money they raised goes, with a number of grants handed out along the way to kids in need. [caption id="attachment_11651" align="alignleft" width="220"] Kate Hobbs.[/caption] Last month I was fortunate enough to go on my seventh Variety Bash event in eight years as an entrant in one of the bash Read More
WIMnet and the University of Tasmania student engagement events
The University of Tasmania AusIMM and WIMnet student chapter groups have been active over the past few months. In early June, we hosted an informal ‘postgraduate – undergraduate social’. Although we all share the same building, it can be easy to socialise only within our respective degrees. The purpose of the event was to introduce undergraduate students to the idea of what postgraduate work can offer, the different paths that have led students to take on a PhD, and the jobs they plan on Read More
WIMnet Victoria 2017 Christmas in July Lunch: challenging the diversity and inclusion status quo
‘As an industry, a country and a world, we’ve not yet fully harnessed the power and benefits of diversity. Without inclusion, diversity is simply another buzz-word and an aspirational goal that falls by the wayside along with many other failed business rhetoric and initiatives. Much has been said and written about the bottom line impacts of gender diversity, but while gender diversity is a strategic priority, creating an inclusive workplace culture is also a business imperative.’ Gabriela Read More
AusIMM WIMnet NSW mentoring program celebrates milestone
AusIMM WIMnet NSW celebrated achieving mentoring partnerships between 150 participants in its very successful mentoring program, now in its third year, at the 2017 program’s Midway Networking Event held in Newcastle on 10 August. To mark the occasion, mentor and mentee alumni from previous programs were invited to join current participants at this event that was kindly sponsored by BHP. Eighty-five attendees from diverse resource sector roles across NSW, including most disciplines Read More
Resilience through innovation and exploration: Iron Ore 2017 conference report
I recall a collective sense of bafflement when I attended the 2015 Iron Ore Conference midway through my thesis on channel iron deposits. Where did the good times go? What would happen next? The boom was over, that was clear. The giants were ramping up production in the face of a price fall, and ‘social licence’ was the topic of a memorable keynote by Anna Littleboy (CSIRO). The colleagues collaborating on my research lost their jobs via text message on the second day, when their office Read More
Celebrating Success: the 2017 National Women in Resources Awards
The 2017 National Women in Resources Awards were recently celebrated at a stand out event during August in Launceston, Tasmania. The Women in Resources National Awards is a partnership between the Minerals Council of Australia and its Northern Territory and Victorian branches, the Chamber of Minerals and Energy Western Australia, the Queensland Resources Council, the New South Wales Minerals Council and the Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council, supported by various state Women in Mining Read More
Event report: the Australian Mine Ventilation Conference 2017
The Australian Mine Ventilation Conference was held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from 28-30 September 2017. A number of well attended workshops were also hosted on September 27. In excess of 220 delegates, with representatives from seven overseas countries, were registered for the conference. A full program of excellent papers was delivered, covering all aspects of mine ventilation. This included a number of excellent keynote speakers such as Bob Leeming, her Read More