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December 2017
AusIMM: a Trusted Voice of credibility and authority
There is no doubt we are entering a new era of strong growth for the resources sector in our region. There is increased investment across several commodities including zinc, lithium and gold, and a noticeable pickup in exploration expenditure and activity. Our own 2017 Professional Employment Survey showed a clear uptick across Australasia, and there has been significantly increased engagement and participation from delegates and companies at AusIMM conferences. In fact, attendance Read More
December 2017
Raising the profile of professionals in the resources sector
At AusIMM we are committed to rebuilding ourselves to be a more contemporary and externally-focused organisation. This is a fundamental principle of our Future Directions strategy. One example of how we are positioning AusIMM as the Trusted Voice is our relaunch of the AusIMM Bulletin. This relaunch will raise the profile of leading professionals through highlighting their important work and sharing their inspiring stories. In this first issue we are pleased to feature Michelle Ash from Read More
October 2017
AusIMM’s Future Directions
Following my first few months as CEO of the AusIMM, I thought it timely to share some of the work underway on our key priorities. It is clear the AusIMM has many great strengths, including a well-recognised brand, an outstanding network of office-bearers, a loyal membership and some world-class capability in codes, standards and professional development. Nevertheless, we need to respond to a changing competitive market and deliver greater member value. The Board and the AusIMM Read More
October 2017
Minerals Week 2017: Building relationships across industry and government
One of the privileges of my role as AusIMM President is the opportunity to represent the interests of our members to government and other stakeholders. I recently attended Minerals Week in Canberra with AusIMM CEO Stephen Durkin, where we held productive meetings with government including Geoscience Australia; the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science; and the Department of Trade, Investment and Tourism. Following these meetings, I was pleased to observe a solid understanding 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
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