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  • Geophysicists

    Top honour for geophysicist’s insight into methods in mining and petroleum

    The 2017 Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (ASEG) Gold Medal has been awarded to Geoscience Australia geophysicist Richard Lane. This prestigious honour has only been awarded eight times since ... more
  • uranium

    Ban for future uranium mining leases

    The State Government has announced a ban on uranium mining on all future mining leases. However, four uranium mining projects that received State Ministerial approval under the former Government will be allowed... more
  • gas exporters

    New tough laws on Australia’s gas exporters

    The Federal Government has announced it is finalising tough gas regulations to increase supply to the domestic market and put downward pressure on gas prices which have risen because of supply shortfalls.   ... more
  • nergy Security Target

    Start date of SA Energy Security Target revised

    The South Australian Government has decided to delay the start date of the Energy Security Target to 1 January 2018, while clarity is sought on the Federal Government’s response to the Finkel Review. Energ... more

Offshore South East Australia future gas supply study

On 15 June 2017, the Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Senator Matt Canavan announced the Australian Government will complete a study into offshore gas basins in Southern Australia, as part of the $90 million investment in domestic gas security and supply. The Offshore South East Australia Future Gas Supply Study will consider the future potential for gas production from the Gippsland, Otway, Bass and Sorell Basins (the Offshore South East Australian Basins) to supply the South East Australia domestic gas market. The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science will oversee the Study, with much of the information and data being provided by the National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator (NOPTA), with assistance from Geoscience Australia. The Victorian and Tasmanian Governments will be key stakeholders and consulted throughout. The Study will be delivered to th... more

NT Framework recognises the future of gas

A key component of the NT Government’s Jobs Plan has been unveiled with the release of the Economic Development Framework (EDF). Chief Minister Michael Gunner released the NT Government’s long-term work plan for the economy, which has been developed through the Economic Summit process in full consultation with all sectors and the community.  The Framework recognises the vital role that natural gas will play as one of the Northern Territory’s major growth sectors to maintain and grow living standards across the region. APPEA’s Northern Territory Director, Matthew Doman said: “With almost 30 trillion cubic feet of offshore gas reserves, and potentially far greater resources onshore, the Northern Territory economy will benefit from the decades long development and production of natural gas for both domestic and export markets.” The Framework highlights that the NT’s... more

Safety innovations, mental health and wellbeing in the spotlight

Safety innovation and mental health and wellbeing are becoming increasingly important components of occupational health and safety management. One in five Australian employees reported that they have taken time off work due to feeling mentally unwell in the past 12 months, due to stress, anxiousness or depression. Also, innovation, whether in processes, technology and/or approaches to people, is becoming more and more crucial in helping to solve ongoing problems and ensuring employees go home safely after work. The upcoming Safety in Action Tradeshow will tap into these key health and safety topics, by introducing three new dedicated safety zones. each zone will include free, tailored seminar programs to educate today’s OHS Professionals. Next to the Safety Innovations and Mental Health and Wellbeing program, the third safety zone will focus on case studies of current major safet... more

BHP marks 50 year milestone with Japan

BHP has celebrated its 50 year partnership with Japan at an event with representatives from the Japanese, Australian and British governments, customers, joint venture partners and employees at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo. BHP CEO Andrew Mackenzie was joined by Australian Ambassador to Japan, Hon. Richard Court AC and joint venture partners Mitsubishi Development, ITOCHU Corporation, JFE and Mitsui & Co., Ltd to mark the milestone. Mr Mackenzie acknowledged the importance of long-term business relationships and two-way trade between BHP and Japan in building economic growth. “Both BHP and Australia owe much to Japan for the development of the resources industry.  Just as it was 50 years ago, Japan remains a critical market for BHP and the industry as a whole, and I am delighted to celebrate this important milestone.” “In 1967 BHP and Japan became partners when J... more

Meeting tender health and safety requirements

Contractors and smaller companies often find Health and Safety requirements challenging. The requirements outlined in tenders can be overwhelming. The Deputy Chairman of the Safety Institute of Australia, Nathan Winter, recently called on large companies to specifically ask questions to tenderers to confirm their understanding of the requirements. He said that tender documents often simply include a statement, for example: “The tenderer will abide by all the safety processes and procedures of the tendering company”. It is assumed that the small business understands what is required and that they have allowed adequate resources to conduct these processes to the standards required by the larger organisation. Quite often, smaller businesses are likely to submit a tender price that doesn’t allow for resources to meet safety requirements. Unexpected costs are then incurred by the... more

Australia to supercharge resources innovation

METS Ignited have launched the Igniting METS Accelerator to help Australian late-stage startups and small-to-medium enterprise break into to the mining sector, win contracts and grow their businesses. Queensland’s State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham has opened applications to the program, which has been made possible by a grant from the Queensland State Government as part of its AU$6 million, four-year commitment to METS Ignited to facilitate jobs and growth across the state. METS Ignited CEO Ric Gros said: “We invite applications from late-stage startups and SMEs across Australia to join this flagship industry program. The Igniting METS Accelerator offers founders a unique opportunity to work with leading mining companies, as well to access proven knowledge and expertise to help rapidly grow their business. From an industry perspective, the program will help develop n... more