Progress of harmonisation of Workplace Health and Safety laws for Australian Mining
Abstract The Australian mining community needs to be aware of the lack of progress made towards harmonisation of Australian mines safety legislation and the potential impact this may have on mining operations and safety and risk governance. Harmonisation of Australian safety legislation began in the mid-2000s as a result of recommendations from the Productivity Commission in order to promote cross-border mobility of work forces and to reduce contradiction, duplication and complication Read More
April 2017
Protecting yourself as a professional
It is important for professionals to have the correct insurance and to engage in good risk-management strategies when involved in mining consulting work In Australia, a professional has a legal duty to do their work to the reasonable standard expected of their profession. Where they are engaged as independent contractors and perform work without due care that results in loss or damage, they can be sued and held liable to pay compensation. Who is a professional? Anyone who gives to Read More
April 2017
Staying in the game – the importance of engineering-based decisions
Mine managers should not overlook the importance of technical specialists in pursuing successful project outcomes There was a good reason at the time … I just can’t see it now! As I moved around in my career, I hoped that the skeletons left behind didn’t have a negative impact and as I visit projects in my current role, I often wonder why certain decisions have been made. Reflecting on my experiences, including mistakes, the importance of knowledge-based decisions is evident, but if the Read More
April 2017
Leadership lessons from the mining greats
Which traits make for a successful leader in the mining industry? Enough has been written about leadership over the years to fill several libraries. Yet it has always astonished me how little has been written by people with the long-term track record of success to warrant being considered an authority. Once you eliminate the learned tomes of academics and the rapidly published, slim volumes by the one-hit wonders, you’re left with very few books that have stood the test of time. For Read More
April 2017
The mining industry disrupted
How ‘industry 4.0’ will fundamentally change the global mining industry I would like to challenge you to suspend your disbelief and come on a journey to explore what might be possible for a disrupted mining industry. To explore a world where we will see the operating cost of producing metals halve, capital intensity halve, safety approaching the zero harm goal that the industry strives for and all this with a drastically reduced environmental footprint while delivering enhanced social Read More
Lessons from history for miners
Efficiency, excellence and growth – challenges of the evolving demands of the mining cycle Miners face two challenges that, when combined, make them unique against other businesses: uncontrollable revenue volatility over time due to commodity price fluctuation finite lives of mining assets. As a result, there is potential for substantial swings in the value of a mining business and, consequently, there is typically greater volatility for miners’ share prices than for companies Read More