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  • MCA: Back NEG and end the energy wars or face the consequences

    The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has urged Coalition MPs and State Governments to back the National Energy Guarantee in coming weeks as the organisation believes it is the 'best available solution' to en... more
  • QRC commends resource giant’s contributions to Queensland Drought Appeal, but there’s still more we can do

    The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed a $100,000 contribution by Shell Australia and a $75,000 contribution by Santos to the Queensland Drought Appeal to help support regional communities affected... more
  • WA to receive third innovation hub

    The McGowan Government has just unveiled plans for a third innovation hub, which will provide a space for Western Australians to gain access to the training and skills they need to take on more jobs in data sci... more
  • Finalists selected for WA innovation and safety awards

    12 finalists have just been announced for the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety's (DMIRS) Safety and Health Resources Sector Awards. This year’s awards aim to put a spotlight on innovative e... more

Wellbeing improved in mining-dependent countries

The International Council of Mining and Metals (ICMM) has released a new report which finds that the lives of people in countries whose economies are dependent on mining have, on average, improved faster than those of people in other countries over the past 20 years. The report, Social progress in mining-dependent countries, uses the lens of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and finds that most mining-dependent countries have significantly improved their social performance over the 20 years leading up to the launch of the SDGs in 2015. People in the 25 countries that are mining-dependent are now generally healthier, better educated, and enjoy improved access to affordable and clean energy, water and sanitation, and telecommunications and financial services. The report shows that people living in these countries are better off in absolute terms and that they... more
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Resources sector drives Australia’s record exports

Data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that Australia’s total export of goods and services surpassed $400 billion for the first time in 2017-18 and coal and gold exports accounted for 55 per cent of total exports. Resources exports – including minerals, metals, coal and petroleum – were a record high $220 billion in 2017-18, up 11 per cent from the previous year due to rising exports of coal, gold, base metals and LNG. Despite lower prices, iron ore remained Australia’s largest source of export revenue with $61.4 billion shipped in 2017-18. Coal exports were only just behind iron ore, reaching a new record high of $60.1 billion in 2017-18 – up 11 per cent or $5.9 billion from the previous year. Gold exports including mined and refined gold set another record for export values with $20.1 billion of the precious metal shipped in 2017-18 (the first ... more

Resources sector named Australia’s highest paying industry

After ranking the average advertised salaries across 28 different industries, the mining, resources and energy sector has just been named as the most lucrative industry for Australian workers, according to a newly released data report by SEEK. The employment website found that the sector was ranked as the highest paying industry for the sixth year in a row, with data outlining that the highest average advertised salary across the country within the industry averaged around $116,108 per annum. Following this, the top four paying industries with the highest average advertised salary was the consulting and strategy industry (at an average of $110,045), followed closely by the construction sector (at $109,325), engineering sector (at $105,810) and in fifth place was the information and communication technology (ICT) sector (with an average salary ranking of $104,874). “With recent... more

Queensland Government funds $1.8 million to boost METS jobs

Queensland’s Palaszczuk Government has just allocated $1.8 million for the next year in a bid to promote innovation and job growth within the state's $7 billion-dollar Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) sector. Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, Cameron Dick, announced that the Palaszczuk Government’s funding aims to deliver 11 state-based industry support activities throughout the year. The decision was made in partnership with METS Ignited, one of six Australian Government-led growth centres. “The METS sector employs about 20,000 people in Queensland and these new activities are key to achieving our plan to create a further 3000 extra jobs over the next decade,” the Minister announced earlier this morning. This funding will include another year of the Igniting METS Accelerator program, a program designed to accelerat... more

Mackay to get a ‘one-of-a-kind’ resources training facility

Queensland’s Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning has just announced that $3.6 million will be going towards a Mackay mining centre in a government-led bid to boost jobs. The funding aims to further increase opportunities for apprentices within the region, intending to drive research and innovation within Queensland’s mining sector. “The Mackay Resources Centre of Excellence will be a one-of-a-kind facility in Queensland that will tap into local expertise to provide training and education, biomedical research, product innovation and demonstration, as well as having tourism potential,” announced the Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, Cameron Dick, earlier this morning. The Palaszczuk government has also stated that they will continue to be focused on generating knowledge-based jobs for the future,... more

CSIRO: ‘Australia to lead lithium-ion battery recycling charge’

According to a new report by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia has the potential to lead the world in the re-use and recycling of lithium-ion batteries, if the nation controls its lithium-ion waste outputs. On average Australia produces up to 3300 tonnes of lithium-ion battery waste, sourced by the growing demand for lithium-ion technology, which is used in vast quantities in common electronic and household devices. According to the new report released by the CSIRO, titled ‘Lithium battery recycling in Australia’, the country's extremely low battery recycling rates could be a thing of the past through a better understanding of the importance of recycling, improved collection processes, and by implementing ways to efficiently recycle materials in places such as homes and industries. Lithium-ion battery waste is known to contai... more