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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It's Easy To Get A Good Paying Job In The Mining Industry Isn't It?

The mining industry has long had a reputation for paying big bucks and whilst that's certainly true to a degree for mining professionals, it's no longer the norm so much for low skilled positions. Many mining companies were badly burnt during the last boom when they had to enter into bidding wars that resulted in them paying out some excessive wage...
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What is a Social Licence To Operate?

A social licence to operate, or SLO. What is it and why does a company need one? A social licence to operate is a concept rather than a contract. There are no documents to sign. There is nothing written down. There is no official piece of paper with Social Licence To Operate written across the top. Despite its intangibility however an SLO is often ...
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FIFO – Life In A Mining Camp

FIFO – for most people it generally brings to mind machinery operators, plant workers and tradies flying backwards and forwards between their remote or overseas place of work and their homes in metropolitan areas. However, a fair percentage of FIFO workers are also executives and middle management. Some of them choose the FIFO lifestyle whilst othe...
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What’s Happened To Australia’s Mining Engineers?

One of the world's largest mining economies is facing an unprecedented crisis! It's called "Find a mining engineer". During the last resources boom the Australian mining industry could count on around 300 new mining engineering graduates a year graduating from the country's mining engineering courses. And even then there was still a reasonable dema...
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Challenges For Women In Mining And In Executive Roles Generally

There's no doubt that the challenges for executives generally in the mining industry are on the increase. Advancing technology for instance is completely changing the way mines, and mining companies, need to operate if they're to remain viable in the industry as it advances. Environmental and social issues are other areas where mining executives ne...
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A World Without Mining – Imagine That!

  If you ate today, thank a farmer.  We take many things for granted in today's world. Our technological gadgets, the vehicles that transport us from point A to point B, houses, roads and a million other things. Indeed, without many of these creations the world as we know it would simply not exist. What we often don't stop to think about ...
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The Hot Political Potato That Is Mining Royalties

Mining royalties are currently a hot topic in the industry as governments globally implement, or consider, rises in mining royalties and taxes. In Brazil for example iron ore royalties are set to increase if a sliding scale comes into effect. Royalties on diamonds, gold and niobium likewise will be increasing. Conversely, in at attempt to aid the s...
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The FIFO Lifestyle – It’s About More Than Just Money

The money might be good but does it come at a cost? Those who live the FIFO lifestyle will likely tell you they've earned every single penny of that money in terms of life style adjustments, sacrifices, long roster cycles, body clock adjustments and plain hard work! And then some! A Few Facts About FIFO Australia is acknowledged as the FIFO capital...
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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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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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