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Placing people at the centre of mine closure
The Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM) at The University of Queensland (UQ) has launched a website and online library dedicated to the social aspects of mine closure. CSRM Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Sandy Worden said to her knowledge, this was the only repository of its kind in the world. ‘We are committed to placing people at the centre of mine closure and this is the first of a series of projects we are undertaking to do just that. The eLibrary gives Read More
Ian Morley Thesis Award 2019
In 1994, the AusIMM Education Endowment Fund initiated Memorial Thesis prizes through the AusIMM Southern Queensland, Sydney and Melbourne Branches. These prizes are in honour of the outstanding contributions to the mining industry of Ian Morley, Charles Marshall and Ivan Newnham. Each year, prizes are awarded to the best Year 4 Honours Thesis written by a student enrolled in the departments of geosciences, and mining engineering or extractive metallurgy (or their equivalents) in each Read More
Going for gold: environmental impacts of illegal gold mining in the Amazon
Examining the environmental and social impacts of artisanal and small-scale gold mining in Madre de Dios, Peru Summary Artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) continues to pose significant biodiversity issues to the Amazon region. It is estimated the number of operating mines throughout the region is growing and will continue as the hunger for gold increases. A surge in the price of gold in the late 2000s has magnified this issue and will continue to put pressure on Amazon Read More
Announcing the 2020 AusIMM Award recipients
We are delighted to announce and congratulate the following recipients of the 2020 AusIMM Awards.  AusIMM 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 highest standards. The awards will be presented at a dinner in Queenstown, New Zealand later this year, and full citations will be published in the AusIMM Bulletin. Highest Honours The Institute Medal Prof Bruce Read More
The University of Queensland metallurgy field trip – South Australia 2019
In June-July 2019, seven students, a Master of Philosophy student, and a UQ staff member visited mines, smelters and corporate offices in South Australia. For more than two decades, metallurgy students from the University of Queensland (UQ) have been organising annual field trips around the world. The trips are themed to suit the final year design project that students complete as part of their studies. Olympic Dam The trip began at BHP’s Olympic dam, a unique processing plant Read More
December 2019
AusIMM Professional Employment and Remuneration Survey 2019
AusIMM’s annual summary report on professional employment in the resources sector suggests a sustained upturn in employment and continued sector confidence AusIMM is the peak body and trusted voice for all professionals in the resources sector and represents more than 13 000 members working in Australia and internationally. To inform its policies and strategic agenda, AusIMM conducts an annual Professional Employment and Remuneration Survey (PERS). This survey provides a unique and Read More
Recent Articles

Gold class exploration opportunity in Victoria, Australia
Minerals exploration rights are on offer over large parcels of prospective ground in the highly productive area of North Central Victoria, Australia. This is an international, competitive, merit-based tender (subject to licencing). Geological Survey of Victoria estimates there may be up to 75 million ounces of undiscovered gold under cover in northern Victoria, including 32 million ounces of gold yet to be found in the northern Bendigo Zone. Although the tender’s priority is on Read More
Afterlife of the mine: lessons in how towns remake challenging sites
This article was originally published by The Conversation and is republished in the AusIMM Bulletin under Creative Commons (CC BY-ND 4.0). The question of what to do with abandoned mine sites confronts both regional communities and mining companies in the wake of Australia’s recent mining boom. The companies are increasingly required to consider site remediation and reuse. Ex-mining sites do present challenges, but also hold opportunities for regional areas. Old mine sites can Read More
Space robotics company targets mining exploration in Australia
A Canadian space robotics company that relocated to South Australia this year has completed the first trial of its autonomous atmospheric satellites ahead of its first commercial launch in 2020. Lux Aerobot is planning a fleet of atmospheric satellites 30km above Australia to capture data for mining, precision agriculture and defence. It already has an agreement with mining company Oz Minerals to use hyperspectral technology to scope out exploration sites in remote areas and is Read More
Acknowledging Australia’s bushfire emergency
At a time when we would normally be celebrating the start of a new year, we are instead devastated to see the bushfire emergency unfolding across Australia. This crisis has impacted all Australians. The fires have taken the lives of people and millions of animals, destroyed homes and communities and ravaged our land. Our heartfelt thoughts are with members, their families, peers, colleagues and communities who have been directly affected by the fires. We wish to extend our Read More
AusIMM Year in Review 2019
AusIMM is delighted to share our Year in Review 2019 animated presentation, showing our key achievements for the past 12 months and where we’re focused in 2020. Made with Visme Presentation Maker Read More
AusIMM President’s Dinner 2019
The 2019 AusIMM President's Dinner was a special celebration hosted on 6 December at the Park Hyatt Melbourne. The dinner was a chance to formally thank Janine Herzig FAusIMM(CP) for her commitment and leadership as President and to celebrate milestones from AusIMM members and employees. The dinner was attended by many past Presidents of the AusIMM, board members, representatives from AusIMM communities of interest and other sector luminaries. The dinner provided an opportunity to Read More
Top 10 AusIMM Bulletin stories of 2019
The following articles topped the AusIMM Bulletin website’s most-read list in 2019. 1 Profile: Laura Tyler – creating a high-performance culture Laura Tyler believes firmly in the importance of culture. ‘It is the keystone for high performance,’ she says. Without it, everything else falls away.’ 2 Profile: Sandeep Biswas – building trust and respect through action One of Australia’s leading mining company executives, Sandeep Biswas, says getting social licence right is just one Read More
December 2019
Our mineral heritage: past, present, and looking to the future
This is an edited excerpt of a presidential address delivered at AusIMM’s 1990 Annual Conference, held in Rotorua, New Zealand I propose to speak today about our mineral heritage. In common usage, ‘heritage’ refers to the past. It means the discoveries, the developments, the mines and the processing plants, the benefits, the consequences and the human experiences flowing from these. The history of the industry, inseparable from the history of the countries in which AusIMM operates, is a Read More
December 2019
Book review: The Geology and Resources of New Zealand Coalfields (AusIMM Monograph 33)
Edited by Alan Sherwood It’s rare to see a monograph written by a sole author, but I can’t think of any other practicing coal geologist in New Zealand aside from Alan Sherwood that has the breadth of knowledge, literary skill and professional character to carry this off. Monograph 33 is an authoritative, some might say overdue, update on NZ coal deposits and the resources they contain. It runs to 279 pages and is supplemented with six appendices. The colour maps, cross-sections Read More
December 2019
$2 million in new grants to encourage exploration of greenfield areas in NSW
The New Frontiers Cooperative Drilling program is managed by the Geological Survey of NSW and is part of the state’s strategy to promote investment in its mining and resources sector Explorers now have an additional $2 million incentive to search for deposits of traditional and high-tech metals across NSW, with a new round of grants to help cover the costs of exploration drilling now on offer from the NSW government. Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for Resources John Barilaro Read More
December 2019
Geological detective story leads to breakthrough
A new technique for geochronologists and sedimentologists will be put to the test in late 2019, providing unique information on the source of sedimentary rocks throughout Western Australia Accurately dating and tracking down the origin, or provenance, of rocks is critically important knowledge for explorers when targeting deposits. During the past two decades, geoscientists have used uranium-bearing minerals called zircon in sediment (detrital zircon) for the isotopic dating of rocks, Read More
December 2019
Queensland leads the charge to modernise data-driven exploration
The Geological Survey of Queensland is committed to enabling data-driven exploration in the state, and is running two new initiatives designed to modernise and make available large amounts of geoscience data In June 2019, the Geological Survey of Queensland (GSQ) launched a pilot of the GSQ Open Data Portal. The pilot contains 400 per cent more geoscience data than was previously available to industry online. The pilot has 1264 seismic surveys and 7275 geochemical data sets for Read More