• New guidance to help deliver better rehabilitation of Western Australian mine sites

    A new report, released by the Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute (WABSI), provides a framework for developing site-specific, risk-based completion criteria and associated monitoring. Whilst it... more
  • Deadline on QLD safety reset edges closer

    An initiative to refocus on safety in Queensland has reached nearly half the state’s 50,000-strong mine and quarry workforce. On Sunday, Queensland Mines Minister, Dr Anthony Lynham, told companies and uni... more
  • UQ researchers publish global mining resettlement dataset

    The first-ever global dataset of mining-induced displacement and resettlement has just been published by University of Queensland (UQ) researchers. The new mining resettlement dataset took four years to deve... more
  • New Bill to increase Victoria’s renewable energy target

    The Victorian Government will introduce a Bill into parliament today to legislate increasing Victoria’s Renewable Energy Target (VRET) to 50 per cent by 2030. The Renewable Energy (Jobs and Investment) Ame... more

Partnership to aid introduction of mining technology

BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA), TAFE Queensland and CQUniversity Australia have announced a new multi-million-dollar skills partnership that will aid the introduction of new technology in mining. The key aim of the partnership – officially called the Queensland Future Skills Partnership – is to fund and facilitate the fast-tracked development and delivery of new autonomy related qualifications in open-cut mining operations in Queensland. Minister for Skills and Training Development, Shannon Fentiman, welcomed the partnership and project, stating that it is an excellent example of Queensland’s public t... more

Mineral explorers offered chance to find new resources

The Queensland Government has announced that more land in the coal-rich Bowen Basin will be opened up for exploration in order to fuel the next round of mining jobs. Tenders are now open for five new areas with high potential for steel-making coal and thermal coal for electricity and industry. The news was warmly welcomed by Assistant State Development Minister and Member for Mackay, Julieanne Gilbert. “Exploration is essential to the next generation of resources projects in our region and to our world-class mining engineering and technology sector,” she said. “This is all about generating jobs... more

Researchers find thin films of rust can generate electricity from flowing water

There are several ways to generate electricity - batteries, solar panels, wind turbines, and hydroelectric dams - to name a few… and now, there’s rust. New research by scientists at Caltech and Northwestern University in the U.S. outlines that thin films of rust - iron oxide - can generate electricity when saltwater flows over them. These films represent an entirely new way of generating electricity and could be used to develop new forms of sustainable power production. Interactions between metal compounds and saltwater often generate electricity, but this is usually the result of a chemical reactio... more

Results of diesel emissions research now available

The results of two research projects into nano diesel particulate matter (nDPM) were revealed at a forum hosted by the Western Australian Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) on Monday. In 2016, the Mining Industry Advisory Committee (MIAC) commissioned the research projects into the physical-chemical properties of nDPM in an underground mine and the potential health effects on workers from exposure. DMIRS Director of Mines Safety, Andrew Chaplyn, who is chair of MIAC, detailed that diesel engine exhaust (DEE) is a known hazard for mining operations, especially in underground mines w... more

AusIMM pledges commitment to indigenous women with MOU signing

The Australasian Institute for Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM), the peak body for resources professionals in Australasia, has just signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Indigenous Women in Mining and Resources Australia (IWIMRA), an organisation representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women employed in the resources industry. The MOU was officially signed in front of an audience of 150 resources professionals as part of AusIMM’s Thought Leadership Series in Perth last night. At the event, AusIMM CEO, Stephen Durkin, and co-founder of IWIMRA, Florence Drummond, spoke publicly of the im... more

New technology produces clean, potable water to regional areas

Researchers at Monash University have developed energy-passive technology that is capable of delivering clean, potable water to thousands of communities across the globe, simply by using photothermal materials and the power of the sun. Led by Professor Xiwang Zhang from Monash University’s Department of Chemical Engineering, researchers have developed a robust solar steam generation system that achieves efficient and continuous clean water production from salty water, with almost 100 per cent salt removal. It provides a promising solution to water shortages in regional areas where grid electricity is not... more