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Australian resources sector shows resilience despite COVID-19 pandemic
The latest trade figures have again revealed the importance of the resources sector to the Australian economy as we deal with the global downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia, Keith Pitt, said the sector has shown resilience in a very challenging period. Keith Pitt. 'Total resources and energy exports in the four weeks to April are up by 1.4 per cent on the same period last year to $92.1 billion, which is a remarkable Read More
The survival of the resources sector through and beyond the COVID-19 crisis
An exploratory article that examines the resources sector’s likely approach to the COVID-19 crisis and examines options for economic harm minimisation and future growth Introduction The education and training of professionals, lower management and technicians and thence the retention of those people by the resources sector through their productive lives is a necessary goal for the industry. Likewise the training and retention of unskilled personnel who through the workplace (and Read More
Q&A: maintaining best practice during the COVID-19 pandemic
Jo Mackenzie. Jo Mackenzie, General Manager of Operations and Maintenance at Ausenco, sat down with the AusIMM Bulletin to discuss how she and her team have responded to the changes in work practices in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.   As a process engineer with more than 20 years’ experience, you are used to working under pressure and dealing with the unexpected. How have you been able to put your problem-solving skills into action when responding to COVID-19, and ensuring Read More
Mineral exploration during COVID-19
Exploration is essential to the future of mining, but it is also one of the most easily disrupted activities, especially in times of uncertainty. Can – and will – the mining industry continue to explore during and after the COVID-19 pandemic? Aside from wars, COVID-19 is the most monumental disruption to the global economy during the modern industrial era. The mining industry is currently reacting to reduced demand for most mineral commodities, as well as dealing with the physical Read More
Managing mental health during COVID-19
On 7 April 2020 AusIMM hosted a COVID-19 webinar entitled Resources Sector Update: an OHS Perspective. Mental health was mentioned numerous times throughout the webinar with a consensus that the industry needs to increase their focus on managing mental health in the current climate. There have been dramatic changes to many aspects of our lives. For most, our work and social situations have changed changed drastically, both of which has caused a collective anxiety across the world. Read More
Industry research shows how COVID-19 is impacting the resources sector
Researchers at State of Play have surveyed almost 200 global mining leaders, gathering valuable data on industry reactions and responses to the pandemic to date. The current COVID-19 pandemic is having an unprecedented impact on global commerce, including the resources sector. Physical restrictions on movement of people and goods has disrupted supply chains essential to the ongoing operability of many mining businesses, while dramatically reduced customer demand is undermining their Read More