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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
Charting a new course for the AusIMM
The 21st century has brought with it a step change in the pace of innovation, expansion and transformation. Like many industries, mining and production have evolved to become high-tech operations with advances in robotics, automation and mechanisation. With these changes, the skills needs of industry professionals have evolved and ‘best practice’ is advancing on a daily basis. What has become evident to me during my time on the Board and as President of the AusIMM is that we have a great Read More
August 2017
The stories that will shape our future
I am delighted to have commenced my role as Chief Executive of the AusIMM in May this year. I join the AusIMM with a broad background in association management and business leadership, corporate strategy and consumer marketing. In my most recent role I was CEO of Engineers Australia from 2012-2017. I care deeply about the important role of professional associations in upholding knowledge, standards and values; raising the profile of highly-skilled professionals; and building connections Read More
June 2017
President’s Editorial: Embedding inclusion in our work practices
Following a period of strong economic headwinds, there are signs that the mining industry may be returning to a period of growth. According to employment website SEEK, the number of mining and resources roles advertised in the three months to April is 70 per cent higher than the same period in 2016. IPOs are also up on the previous year, and EY has reported a rebound in purchases of heavy mining equipment. As cautious optimism returns to our industry, there will likewise be greater Read More
April 2017
Recognising and celebrating our members
In my time at the AusIMM, one of the things that I have admired most about the Institute is the devotion and dedication shown by our members. As I work alongside our members, I am continually inspired by the commitment that they show to improving themselves, their fellow minerals professionals and the Institute by volunteering their time and working towards the continual improvement of the AusIMM. It is for this reason that the AusIMM Awards, presented at the AusIMM Awards Dinner on Read More
April 2017
Modernising the Royal Charter and By-Laws to increase agility
I am proud to be taking the Presidential reins in a time of great change and great opportunity for the AusIMM. A key project for this year is the ongoing review of the AusIMM Royal Charter and By-Laws. As the governing constitution of the Institute, the Royal Charter and By-Laws are the Institute’s foundational documents that prescribe the main functions of the AusIMM and the rights and responsibilities of its members. As a result, the current project to update and modernise the Royal Read More