​Life Begins At 40, or 50, Or Does It?

In 1912, Chicago's Physical Director of Schools penned a publication called "Brain Culture Through Scientific Body Building". The Director, a Mrs Theodore Parsons, had picked up a few things about the many health benefits of regular exercise from her soldier husband. In her book she says "The average woman does not know how to breathe, sit, stand o...
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Implementing A Successful Expat Employee Policy

Hiring expats comes with many benefits for both the company and individual employees. However, it costs many thousands of dollars to send an employee overseas to work – often 3 or 4 times as much as filling a similar role at home costs. Therefore, it definitely pays to ensure the right person is selected for the job, and subsequently given the...
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Working Abroad – Could It Benefit Your Career?

Mining is a global industry – no surprises there! With the global shortage of talent within the industry, the opportunities for working abroad are currently more plentiful than ever before. It's an ideal time for professionals and tradespeople in mining related occupations and trades to broaden their horizons by taking overseas jobs. It may also be...
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Looming Boom Prompts Calls For Changes To Australia's Skilled Worker Visas

​ During the last boom the West Australian mining industry relied on hundreds of skilled trades people and mining personnel from the eastern states, and overseas, to fill positions created by the state's flood of construction and mining activities. Fast-forward over half a decade and it's a vastly different situation. The demand for these skills is...
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Moving Back Home After An Overseas Mining Job

We took a look at some of the challenges encountered by mining personnel who choose an international FIFO job in a recent article. We mentioned then that some families do choose to relocate overseas rather than go down the FIFO path. With all the difficulties, and the significant rewards that come with that decision. However, what many people may n...
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Relocating For Mining When You Have Children

Moving to a new town, or country, for a mining job, invariably comes with challenges at the best of times. However, if you also have children you'll certainly face a few additional challenges! Children come with an assortment of extra 'stuff'. It goes with the territory. They have toys, they have clothes and other bits and pieces to add to the coll...
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Making A New Life For Yourself In A Mining Town

We've talked about FIFO life in a couple of posts but obviously this isn't the only option available to mining employees and their families. Some choose to relocate, either to purpose built mining towns or to towns that happen to be close to mine sites. Whilst the partner employed by the mining company will have 'something' to do, the move is often...
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Tips For Relocating To A New Mining Job Overseas

Exciting times ahead and congratulations – you've landed a mining job overseas! It's not FIFO so you're relocating yourself and your family there for the duration of your contract. Or perhaps you've just finished up a job overseas and are about to move back home again. Now to consider all the logistics of that move, not the least of which will be a...
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Australia’s Maligned 457 Visa – Did It Save The Australian Mining Industry

In March of this year (2018) changes to Australia's Temporary Work Visa (subclass 457) were finalised. It's now called the Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (TSS subclass 482) and its primary purpose is to continue allowing companies operating in Australia to address genuine skilled worker shortages in Australia by hiring foreign nationals with the req...
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