• divergence


    East v West divergence and what it means for resources

    While western developed economies are slowing, China is reopening, and is likely to accelerate growth coming out of recent hard COVID lockdowns through significant stimulus. There is a divergent story devel... more

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    Study reveals mining and energy industry has the worst ‘hustle culture’

    The mining, energy and water supply industry has been named the worst industry in the UK for displays of toxic hustle culture, a new study by Private Rehab Clinic Delamere reveals. The study has identified t... more

  • Young Mining


    Young Mining convicted for breaching WHS and mining laws

    On 15 August 2022, Cootamundra Local Court convicted and fined Young Mining Company Pty Ltd a total of $197,855 for breaches under the WHS Act and Mining Act. $162,855 of the total fine was related to Work H... more

  • Safeguard Mechanism


    Government opens consultation on Safeguard Mechanism reforms  

    The Federal Government has released a consultation paper which contains reform options for the Safeguard Mechanism, with the aim to help industry reduce emissions in line with Australia’s climate targets. ... more

  • East v West divergence and what it means for resources
  • Study reveals mining and energy industry has the worst ‘hustle culture’
  • Young Mining convicted for breaching WHS and mining laws
  • Government opens consultation on Safeguard Mechanism reforms  
South Australian

Women recognised in South Australian resources awards

The South Australian Chamber of Mines & Energy (SACOME) has announced the winners of the 2022 Women in Resources Awards.  SACOME CEO, Rebecca Knol said the Women in Resources Awards champion diversity and help celebrate women who are contributing to the success of the South Australian resources sector. “SACOME congratulates the finalists and winners who demonstrate going above and beyond their day-to-day roles to promote the resources sector in the community.” “Recognising exceptional women in resources is vital if we are going to meet the growing demand for professionals in South Australia’s high-tech, highly skilled resources sector.” The Hon Katrine…

MCA encourages workers to report sexual harassment

Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) Chief Executive Officer Tania Constable says MCA is disappointed by the results of a CFMEU confidential survey of Queensland mining workers which revealed incidents of sexual harassment, assaults and bullying in the sector. Ms Constable said sexual harassment and all disrespectful behaviour is unacceptable. “There is no place for this behaviour in workplaces and across society. “Reporting incidents is essential to holding individuals to account and making sure it is eliminated from the sector. We thank those that share their stories.” She said the Australian mining industry is committed to eliminating sexual harassment and has…
Salt caverns

Salt caverns and minerals could unlock Australia’s hydrogen industry

Australia has the right ingredients to become a global hydrogen superpower, according to new data from the Australian Government’s Exploring for the Future program.  Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Madeleine King said scientists has uncovered the potential for large-scale, underground storage of hydrogen in salt caverns across the country. “We know that the technology exists to store hydrogen underground and thanks to this work we now also know that Australia has the right geology to support the development of an economically viable hydrogen industry on our own soil,” Minister King said. “Geoscience Australia has uncovered potential for the development…

Parliamentary Inquiry to examine safety culture in coal mining industry

Queenslanders will be able to hear from the coal mining industry on their plans for how they will make the coal mining industry safer for workers. Resources Minister Scott Stewart said following discussions with the Transport and Resources Committee, they will initiate a Parliamentary Inquiry into how the industry has acted on recommendations from a report into the Grosvenor mine explosion that seriously injured five workers in 2020. Stewart said: “It is critical that Queenslanders can be confident the resources industry is doing everything it possibly can to ensure the safety and health of the workers they employ which is…
Queensland Training Ombudsman to review apprentice experience

Mining worker shortages could slow mineral exports and delay climate change agenda

National Skills Week’s Chairman Brian Wexham noted that Australia’s mining industry was responsible for 10.4 percent of GDP between 2019 and 2020, making it the single largest contributor to the national economy. Australia's minerals production remained robust in 2021, leading global production of iron ore and lithium, and ranking second in gold and cobalt. However, a near and medium-term labour shortage is looming that could slow mineral exports. Wexham said: “The mining sector has been highly productive over recent years despite the headwinds of COVID-19, variable commodity prices and the strained relationship with our number one trading partner, China. “However,…

BHP and partners to harness the power of wind-assisted propulsion

BHP has partnered with Pan Pacific Copper (PPC) and Norsepower to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from maritime transportation between BHP’s mines in Chile and PPC’s smelters in Japan. The parties are conducting a technical assessment and plan a retrofit installation of wind-assisted propulsion system onboard the M/V Koryu, a combination carrier operated by Nippon Marine. BHP and PPC have multi-year agreements for delivery of copper concentrates from Chile to Japan as well as sulphuric acid from Japan to Chile, making the cargo capacity utilisation of M/V Koryu (a 53,762 deadweight tonne combination carrier) one of the highest in the industry.…

New Mining Rehabilitation Advisory Panel announced

A new group of independent experts has been appointed to the Mining Rehabilitation Advisory Panel (MRAP) as part of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s (DMIRS) continued commitment to manage mine site abandonment across Western Australia. Established under the Mining Rehabilitation Fund Act 2012 (WA), MRAP provides independent advice to DMIRS on matters related to the management of the Mining Rehabilitation Fund (MRF) and the Abandoned Mines Program. New MRAP Panel members In April 2022, the department published a notice calling for expressions of interest from anyone with the relevant skills or expertise to replace MRAP's outgoing members.…