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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
Flexible frontiers for the future of mining
How energy and resources sector organisations can expand and contract their borders to benefit from external talent, skills and opportunities Many energy and resources sector businesses are finding it challenging to set their borders to meet staff resourcing needs in the face of significant technological transformation. Traditional ‘hard’ organisational borders rely on sourcing and hiring smart tech talent or upskilling existing employees internally. The alternative is softer, Read More
Recent Articles

AusIMM’s relaunched Chartered Professional Program – an update
The AusIMM Chartered Professional Program (CPP) continues to grow, with many new applications received, including some joint applications for RPEQ. The more comprehensive information on the CPP web page is allowing applicants to be better prepared for their Chartered Professional (CP) application, and gives them a better understanding of the criteria and requirements. The changes implemented on January 1, 2018 From 1 January 2018 the revitalised CPP came into being. The key tenets of Read More
Nominate an outstanding professional for an AusIMM Award
Each year, the AusIMM presents a series of awards that recognise excellence and acknowledge significant professional contribution to the resources industry and the AusIMM. The awards program not only helps to raise the overall standard of professional practice, but it also sends a clear message to the broader community that AusIMM members are committed to the highest standards. AusIMM members, and particularly our Communities of Interest (branches, chapters, committees, networks, Read More
Core skills for geoscientists course
Core logging, data quality and interpretation 6-10 August 2018, Brisbane. AusIMM and AIG are pleased to announce a five-day course to assist skills development for geoscientists. With the current upswing in exploration and mining activity now is a good time to gain exposure to practical data collection and analysis skills which will enhance your job readiness or effectiveness. The aim of this program is to develop your understanding of data collection and data management, sampling, Read More
AusIMM student members’ perspectives on the International Uranium Conference
The AusIMM Adelaide Branch sponsored four student members to attend the recent International Uranium Conference on 5-6 June. The students, from the University of Adelaide, were: Francesca Larizza – BEng Chemical and Biotechnology Ben Kimpton – BSc Geology and Geophysics Ellen Fryar – BEng Mining. Fontae Franks – BEng Mining BSc Geology and Geophysics The following article contains a short reflection from the students on how they enjoyed the conference and what they Read More
Australia impresses at World Mining Congress
The World Mining Congress (WMC) 2021 Australia was officially launched at the conclusion of the 2018 event in Astana, Kazakhstan. The World Mining Congress will come to Australia for the first time in its 60-year history and will showcase the nation’s vast mining and innovation capability and impact. More than 2500 people and 250 exhibitors attended in Astana, with similar crowds expected in Australia in 2021. Delegates were treated to a taste of what Australia has to offer when it Read More
Australian state budget breakdowns – overview for resources professionals
Three Australian states – New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania – have all recently handed down their 2018-19 budgets. Below is a brief overview of each budget with information relevant to resources professionals. New South Wales The NSW budget has showcased the enormous contribution mining has made – and will continue to make – to the economy. Royalties from the mining sector have been revised up by $813 million and will deliver a record $1.8 billion in this year alone, and another Read More
AusIMM Reg Buckett Prize 2017
The AusIMM Education Endowment Fund awards prizes for the best final-year Honours thesis completed in geology, mining engineering or extractive metallurgy. The Reg Buckett Prize is awarded to the students assessed as having presented the best final year project in the Bachelor of Engineering (Mining Engineering) and the Bachelor of Engineering (Metallurgical Engineering) courses at The Curtin University of Technology. Winners receive an engraved trophy featuring the AusIMM logo at their Read More
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 these two members acknowledged in this auspicious forum: 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 and reform, and 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
Notes from the AusIMM Health and Safety Society Chair
Welcome to the AusIMM Health and Safety (H&S) Society newsletter. In 2018, we have three new elected members of our committee. They will serve until 2020. We welcome Jo Barron-Perry, Peter Newman and Richard Carlton (who has provided a profile here). The Health and Safety Committee is also happy to share the news that one of our members, Dr Peter Standish, has recently been appointed by the NSW Minister for Resources as an independent member of the Mines and Petroleum Competency 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