Ahh FIFO Rosters……….!

In May of this year (2018) Rural and Remote Mental Health ​ , an Australian not-for-profit public company specialising in providing mental health programs and services for those who live and work in rural and remote Australia, presented a report called Psychological distress in remote mining and construction workers in Australia ​ . Whilst the repo...
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Social Media And It's Significance For The Mining Industry

When Mark Zuckerberg sat down at his computer in college all those years ago and created an interesting bit of software, he probably had no idea it would ultimately become the biggest social media platform ever. That program of course was the embryonic version of what would ultimately develop into the behemoth that is Facebook. Would social media h...
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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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International FIFO Mining Work – The Pros And Cons

We've looked at the life of FIFO workers who work within their own country or in developed countries but there are also many FIFO workers who work overseas in under developed or developing countries. These jobs have some pretty unique challenges that those who haven't actually lived the life may not realise. Or may find difficult to comprehend. The...
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Reducing Hazards In Mining

Mining is one of the riskier work place environments. The industry has cleaned up their act a lot over the past few decades but mining employees are still exposed to a number of health risks on an almost daily basis. We take a brief look at some of these and what is being done to help alleviate them. But first a piece of advice. Understand your env...
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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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​FAQs About Getting Into Mining

People who are interested in mining jobs often have a lot of questions, particularly if they're not mining professionals. We have collated a few of the more common questions and answers here. What type of person does mining suit? Unless you're an office worker, most jobs in and around mines and mining camps involve spending a fair amount of time ou...
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How Realistic Is The Mining Clock?

In the absence of the hugely noticeable indicators that were present leading up to the last mining boom, how do investors 'know' when another boom is about to happen? In the past, the activities of behemoth economies like China have made it pretty obvious when things start to happen. Pundits though believe this isn't going to happen, or isn't happe...
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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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Will Your Skin Stand Up To Your Mining Career?

Thinking of accepting or looking for a mining job in sunnier climes? Sun may be the best natural source of vitamin D but too much of it can be a curse. Melanoma for example is a word that should strike fear into the heart of anyone who consistently works outside. Or even just spends a lot of time outdoors. Melanomas are the deadliest type of skin c...
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Social Licence To Operate Or Social License To Operate?

Perhaps some of the problems with social licences to operate stem from confusion over use of the term 'licence'?  The official definition of 'licence' is that it is a " permit from an authority to own or use something, do a particular thing, or carry on a trade. " In other words it's a noun (naming word), which implies it is a formal document ...
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Why Do Mining Employees Quit Their Jobs And What Does This Mean For Employers?

Obviously ranking right at the top of the list is redundancy. No surprises there; the industry is renowned for it's excellent redundancy rate! However, once you take redundancy out of the equation and look at the other significant reasons there are some clear take home messages for companies. People want to progress in their career and they feel th...
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Mining's Corporate Memory - Does It Contribute To Mining Accidents?

In the decade prior to 2013 the Australian coal mining industry enjoyed 5 years without any fatalities. In the 2013/2014 financial year that safety record ended with a series of accidents during that year and more the following year. This type of safety spike and plateauing isn't unique to coal and experts believe it isn't just co-incidence either....
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Eleven Tips On How To Prepare For 'That' Panel Interview

Be prepared. For the dreaded panel interview that is because some mining companies incorporate this into their recruitment process. Why panel interviews? Panel interviews give companies the chance to have a number of relevant personnel present at a single interview. After all it is somewhat unfeasible to have candidates return for multiple intervie...
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The dynamics of the commodity world are changing

Driven by increasing concerns about environmental issues like global warming and sustainability, the world is looking for a more eco-friendly future. This demand has fuelled the quest to develop better, cleaner technologies like electric cars and renewable energy. Which in turn is driving up demand for the raw materials needed for these technologie...
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Mining And Its Impact On Local Communities

The mining industry impacts significantly on local communities economically, socially and environmentally. A social licence to operate should ensure these impacts are positive, and clearly understood by the communities. With that in mind, let's take a look at some of the ways in which mining activities can impact on local communities. Mining activi...
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Could Australia Become A Major World Player In The Supply Of Rare Earth Minerals?

Rare earth elements are not quite as rare as their name suggests. The 'rare' bit dates back to when the term was used to describe something 'unusual' or 'strange'. In reality these minerals are found in many places in the earth's crust, often in combination with other minerals and often in hitherto uncommercial quantities. They are also a very hot ...
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Rare Earth Commodities – Demand Is Stepping Up

According to Statista the world will have 4.68 billion mobile phones  by 2019. Two and a half billion of these at least will be smart phones. By 2016 there were already one million electric cars travelling the highways and byways of the world.In mid 2018 we passed the three million mark ! We also know that once 'things' reach what is called th...
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Do Many Mining Companies Have Too Restrictive A TPTP?

Could thinking outside the 'traditional square' when it comes to considering the talent pool for mining professional hires help ease the skills shortage? It's referred to as the TPTP or total potential talent pool and for many mining companies their TPTP is quite constrained. However, in this seller's market and with shortages looming, is it time t...
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