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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Measures For Dealing Successfully With An Older Workforce

As the mining industry gears up for another boom, dealing with chronic shortages in skilled personnel looms as a potential deal breaker. This is forcing companies to take a long hard look at the people they already have on their teams. How many of these people, although getting older and perhaps approaching retirement age, can instead be retained? ...
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The Impending Skills Shortage In Mining

If you're a mining executive or CEO you probably should be worried. Very worried! Why? As the industry begins to pick up pace after the last bust, several pertinent facts are emerging.  And it isn't just mining that is affected. The State Of The Global Workforce Apart from a number of select 'cool' industries, notably in the technology se...
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Artificial Intelligence – Changing The Way Mines, And Mining People, Operate

The Internet of Things with its myriad of connected devices produces a mammoth amount of data. Much of this data though never really does anything.Until now that is. Because this type of data is just what artificial intelligence (AI) cuts its milk teeth on. But first a brief explanation of AI. Artificial intelligence is what happens when data meets...
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The Many And Varied Changes To The World Of Mine Management

As mining moves into the future a number of changes are on the horizon. Not least is the Smart Mine, a mine running on the Internet of Things where everything, from the pit vehicles to the ore trains to the processing plant are run autonomously from a remote control centre. That's one significant change. Members of the mining workforce previously e...
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Mining’s Famous Boom And Bust Cycles And How They Affect Skilled Talent

Mining is an industry famous for its cyclical booms and busts. Unfortunately in many ways it doesn't ride these out very well from a personnel aspect. But before we consider the effects of these booms and busts on the availability of skilled mining staff, let's take a look at the nuts and bolts of the boom and bust cycle. It starts with demand...
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