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  • Australia’s investments in clean energy projects reach above $20 billion

    The Clean Energy Council (CEC) has released new figures which indicate that investments in renewable energy and storage projects have topped $20 billion. According to the CEC, Australia’s renewable energy ... more
  • QLD Gov offering grants for innovative natural resource ideas

    The Queensland Government is offering new grants of up to $1 million to those with innovative ideas to improve Queensland’s soil, vegetation and waterways and protect the iconic Great Barrier Reef. Natura... more
  • New research suggests resources sector is returning to full employment

    An annual survey conducted by the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) has revealed a healthy outlook for the resources sector, indicating a return to full employment for professionals. ... more
  • Breakthrough in ‘blue energy’ harvesting wins award

    The HPCwire Award for the Best Use of HPC in Energy was recently bestowed to a group of researchers who made major breakthroughs related to the harvesting of ‘blue energy’ – the free energy lost when seaw... more

Industry professionals use pilot program to upskill for the future

The CORE Skills Geoscientist to Data Scientist pilot program has had its final day for the year, successfully wrapping up for the industry professionals from global energy and resources companies who graduated from the program. The pilot program brought together foundation collaborators Roy Hill, Rio Tinto and ATCO Australia with premier education partners CSIRO, Curtin University and the University of Western Australia at the CORE Innovation Hub in the Perth CBD to address organisational data science implementation. The program validated and refined capability delivery in two formats: a one day Leading Data Scientists executive program and a 15 day Data Science Springboard professionals’ program that ran from 4 September – 4 December 2018. For many mining and energy organisations, a data science skills deficit is a significant capability gap, limiting the ability to capital... more

Open and flexible regulation will unlock future work opportunities

A new report by Australian Resources and Energy Group, AMMA, encourages Australia to adopt ‘a multi-tiered approach’ to future workplace regulation that allows high-earning employees to largely opt-out of the legislative system. A New Horizon: Guiding Principles for the Future of Work, states that the only way for Australia’s future workplaces to move forward is through less regulation, fewer restrictions and through policymakers resisting the push for intervention. Building off national employer survey and interviews with resources executives, the report explores how technology, demographic and competitive factors are influencing the future of work in the resources and energy industry. The report identifies that 88 per cent of resources and energy employers believe discussions about the ‘future of work’ should make stronger links to the regulation of work and 89 per ... more

‘License to operate’ ranked as top risk to mining businesses

Ernst & Young (EY) believe the risks facing the mining and metals sector in 2019-2020 reflect a new era of disruption - from within and outside the industry. In surveying over 250 participants from around the world, 'licence to operate' and 'disruption' were consistent risks in EY’s 11th annual Top 10 business risks facing mining and metals in 2019-2020 report. The report found that mining companies must increasingly deal with many new and variable factors, ranging from societal expectations, digital transformation, and unique challenges to portfolio and capital investment decisions. Below are the top five risks which EY believe the industry is facing. Licence to operate Up from number seven, this year over half of all respondents nominated ‘licence to operate’ as the largest risk facing their mining/metals organisation. This notable response could be attributed ... more

Good news for the Queensland resources sector

A new report from the Queensland Exploration Council (QEC) has found that renewed confidence in the state's resources sector is translating into an increase in exploration investment across all commodities, with the coal industry boasting the biggest surge. The annual QEC Exploration scorecard found that Queensland coal exploration has increased for the first time since 2011-12, rising by 27 per cent. Mineral expenditure is also up by 35 per cent, with petroleum exploration expenditure also increasing by 5 per cent over the 2017-18 period. Commodity prices continued to climb this year, with solid gains across base and precious metals, petroleum and coal benchmark prices adding further support for Queensland exploration. Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive, Ian Macfarlane, said the QEC Scorecard capped off a strong year for resources. “Our resources sector is at... more

One third of FIFO workers experience high psychological distress

New research into the mental health and wellbeing of fly-in fly-out (FIFO) workers has found that one third (33 per cent) experience high levels of psychological distress, in comparison to only 17 per cent of non-FIFO workers.   The research report, Impact of FIFO work arrangements on the mental health and wellbeing of FIFO workers, was funded by the Western Australian Government and is considered to be one of the most comprehensive FIFO research studies undertaken in Australia. Over 3,000 FIFO workers and their families participated in the research, which was produced in conjunction with industry, unions and researchers from Curtin University's Centre of Transformative Work Design. Along with higher levels of psychological distress, the research found FIFO workers also suffer more incidents of workplace bullying and higher levels of burnout than non-FIFO workers. The repor... more

Australia has great potential for bioenergy, but lags behind globally

Bioenergy Australia, in collaboration with KPMG, has released the first state-of-the-nation assessment of Australia’s bioenergy sector, highlighting a $3.5-$5 billion investment opportunity which the Australian government is being urged to address. Bioenergy is generated from the conversion of solid and liquid biomass products for the use as electricity, heat, gas, liquid fuels and other bio-based products. Bioenergy Australia CEO, Shahana McKenzie, said that the Bioenergy State of the Nation report reviews the policies of Australian states and territories to share learning and facilitate policy transfer nation-wide, with much to be gained through the adoption of ‘best practice’ approaches. State and territory assessments were based on bioenergy performance measured against five evaluation criteria: policy development and effectiveness, bioenergy project development, tec... more