June 2019

CEO’s editorial: A more respected AusIMM

  • By Stephen Durkin FAusIMM, CEO, AusIMM

A key pillar of our Future Directions strategy is for AusIMM to be a more respected and better connected organisation. Increasingly, we are taking a leading position on policy issues that are important to our members and our industry’s future.

One way we are building AusIMM’s influence is through stronger connections with governments, of all persuasions, in all jurisdictions. Some of this advocacy work is quite visible, for instance, our recent partnership with the Victorian Government and a greater presence of ministers and government departments at AusIMM events.

In other cases, our work is more subtle but still vitally important – such as the meetings AusIMM had at Minerals Week in Canberra earlier this year where we had frank conversations with both sides of Australian politics, setting out key challenges and opportunities for our industry across education, the pipeline of professionals, skilled migration and AusIMM’s leadership position on inclusion and diversity. These discussions have helped us strengthen our relationships across the political spectrum, and we continue to engage actively at both a federal and state level.

As we rebuild our relevance, not only with government but also industry, academic institutions and the media, AusIMM is being called upon more and more to provide expert input into decisions shaping the future of our sector. This is a hugely positive step forward as we re-establish AusIMM as the Trusted Voice – a more contemporary, influential peak body held in the highest esteem by industry, governments and our communities.

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