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  • IRM releases report to aid risk management in energy sector

    The Institute of Risk Management (IRM) has released a new report which provides insight and thought leadership for risk managers operating in the energy sector (including oil and gas, energy and renewables). ... more
  • Labor announces $1b plan to ‘supercharge’ Australia’s hydrogen industry

    The Australian Labor Party has announced that, if elected, they would deliver a $1 billion National Hydrogen Plan in order to create new jobs, support new businesses and 'supercharge Australia’s renewable ene... more
  • Hays report reveals the industry’s in demand skills for early 2019

    Recruitment firm, Hays, has released the January – June 2019 edition of their ‘Hotspots of skills in demand’ report, outlining which skills are on the radar for Australia’s mining and minerals sector. ... more
  • DMIRS releases report examining vehicle collisions in WA’s mining sector

    The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) has released a comprehensive new report examining vehicle collisions in Western Australia’s mining sector, aiming to raise industry awareness of... more

New Australia-UK agreement to provide certainty to Australian exporters

Australia and the United Kingdom have just signed a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA), which will help ensure the continued flow of trade post-Brexit. Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Simon Birmingham, said that the agreement would ensure arrangements already in place between Australia and the European Union for Australia’s exports continued to apply for the UK post-Brexit. “This will mean Australian exporters can continue to benefit from existing arrangements for mutual recognition as they do currently, even if the UK leaves the EU without an agreement,” Minister Birmingham said. “These agreements provide assurances to Australian exporters that they will be able to get their goods into the UK post-Brexit whether it be wine, medical devices or automotive parts without additional trade barriers or regulations." "They are a significant and necessary step in... more

Sinkhole at WA mine site swallowed nearby mine vehicles

The Western Australian Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) have commenced a safety investigation into the event which caused a large sinkhole to engulf mine vehicles at an undisclosed WA mine site in October 2018. In their 'significant' incident report, the DMIRS states that drill and blast activities were occurring nearby when a working pit floor subsided into a backfilled stope, forming the 13-metre-deep sinkhole. The report does not state where the event occurred but explains that the stope had previously self-mined to near surface and had been backfilled in stages since 2016. The event resulted in the loss of an integrated tool carrier and an explosives truck that was parked on the blast pattern. The vehicles were unoccupied at the time of the collapse, but four people were working nearby and watched the event unfold. Several charged blast holes wer... more

Drug and alcohol training reduces workplace substance abuse

New research has identified that businesses are capable of reducing workplace substance abuse through the implementation of drug and alcohol first-aid programs. A study conducted by researchers at the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) at Flinders University examined the experiences of over 100 managers and supervisors who undertook alcohol and other drug (AOD) training sessions. The results revealed that workplaces have the capacity to prevent, ameliorate or exacerbate AOD use. As illicit drug use continues to increase alongside a general decline in irresponsible drinking, businesses are being urged to consider the advantages of training workshops to remain aware of key issues concerning AOD use. The researchers suggest businesses set a goal for the new year to take a systemic top-down approach to reducing AOD abuse, which in turn will reveal ove... more

Union warns BHP and BlueScope for axing last two Australian iron ore vessels

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has accused BHP and BlueScope Steel of using the January holiday period to quietly sack close to 80 Australian seafarers and replace them with $2 an hour exploited foreign labour on the Australian coast. MUA National Secretary, Paddy Crumlin, informed that the union received information detailing MV Mariloula and MV Lowlands Brilliance would be dumped immediately – the last remaining Australian ships that have serviced BHP and Bluescope steelworks in this country for over 100 years. “This is a national disgrace,” Mr Crumlin said. “Many, many Australians have known someone who worked on the famous fleet of BHP iron boats, yet the company wants to end more than 100 years of proud trade by sending a couple of sneaky emails in early January.” “One in eight merchant seafarers died defending this country in two world wars and their... more

Newmont acquires Goldcorp in US$10B mega-deal

Colorado-based miner, Newmont Mining Corporation (Newmont) and Goldcorp Inc. (Goldcorp) have entered into a definitive agreement into which Newmont will acquire all of the outstanding common shares of Goldcorp in a $10 billion stock-for-stock transaction. Under the terms of the agreement, Newmont is set to acquire each Goldcorp share for 0.3280 of a Newmont share (representing a 17 per cent premium based on the companies’ 20-day volume weighted average share prices as of Friday, January 11, 2019). The agreement will combine two gold industry leaders into Newmont Goldcorp, with the aim to develop a one-of-a-kind portfolio of operations, projects, exploration opportunities, reserves and people in the gold mining sector. In announcing the news, Newmont Chief Executive Officer Gary Goldberg, said this combination will create the world’s leading gold business. “We have a pr... more

Resources industry delivers major export milestone for Queensland

Recent trade figures for the 12 months to November 2018 placed Queensland’s goods exports at a record $80.5 billion, 12.4 per cent higher than the $71.6 billion total recorded in 2016-17. The state's November export figure also rose from the $79.2 billion recorded in the 12 months to October 2018. In their report, the Queensland Treasury outlined that these significant increases in Queensland’s merchandise exports value were largely driven by coal, liquified natural gas (LNG) and other mineral exports. Acting Premier and Minister for Trade Cameron Dick said the strong growth of exports in November was excellent news to kick off the new year. “Queensland continues to export more goods than New South Wales and Victoria combined,” the Minister said. Prices for Queensland’s two most valuable exports, coal and LNG also saw notable increases over the past two years, fu... more