A mine rehabilitation reform campaign has recommended the introduction of an independent authority to rehabilitate abandoned mine sites, which could create thousands of jobs in mining precincts that were badly affected by the downturn. According to a leaked Queensland Government report, tax payers will be forced to pay $3.2 billion in coal mine rehabilitation costs … Continue reading Mine rehabilitation could create thousands of jobs
According to a report in the Brisbane Times, East Timor’s former prime minister and Nobel laureate Dr Jose Ramos-Horta has appealed to Australia’s sense of a “fair go”, asking for a sea boundary to be moved to enable more equal sharing of the estimated $40 billion in oil and gas reserves in the Timor Sea. … Continue reading East Timor’s Nobel laureate asks Australia to show ‘fair go’ over oil
An insight into all of the top ten trends for 2016, and how they will affect you and your mine. Cole Latimer writes.
Rio Tinto Iron Ore’s decision to use contractors for all external hires from now on will have impacts felt well beyond the pit.
Rio Tinto has announced it will now only hire contract labour for its iron ore operations.
A new Manufacturing Centre of Excellence has been opened in Burnie, in response to Caterpillar Underground Mining’s decision to move manufacturing to Thailand.
Fears that the Chinese Australian Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) will lead to a flood of Chinese workers in Australia are unfounded. The amount that China invests overseas is not linked to the flow of Chinese labour and in fact Australia could stand benefit from the investment the agreement will promote.
Visual Capitalist’s Jeff Desjardins examines the impact of automation, and the changing nature of the workforce as technology evolves.
Despite increased positivity in the resources sector, NAB research has forecast the current downturn to continue, with more than 50,000 jobs to be lost.
A decision supported by the Fair Work Commission to slash Griffin Coal’s Collie miners pay by 43 per cent has been slammed by unions.
A new study from Flinders University has put the cost of Arrium Whyalla factory closing at 40 per cent of all jobs in the city being lost.
The Isaac Plains coal mine reopened yesterday, highlighting the promising long term prospects for the state’s resources sector.
OZ Minerals is ramping up work on its massive Carrapateena copper deposit, with decline construction slated for the coming months.
Dartbrook coal mine looks set to reopen as an underground operation, a move new owner Australian Pacific Coal (APC). The coal miner, formerly led by bankrupt Nathan Tinkler, stated it was close to completing the acquisition of the joint venture from Anglo American, a plan which may involve the purchase of a 16.67 per cent … Continue reading Dartbrook coal mine to go underground
Queensland Nickel refinery workers left without entitlements will paid by the Federal Government under the Fair Entitlements Guarantee (FEG), putting “National Treasure” Clive Palmer squarely in its sights. Taxpayers will be expected to foot the $73.9 million bill for workers’ entitlements, although Employment Minister Michaelia Cash said the government was “prepared to step in to … Continue reading Government to pay out former Queensland Nickel workers
The OECD report Back to Work Australia makes some grim predictions for workers who lose their jobs. That is the potential threat facing some 7,000 Arrium employees, those at Queensland Nickel and Caterpillar in Tasmania, and next year, workers in Ford’s plants in Geelong and Broadmeadows, Victoria. The report was released just before the announcement … Continue reading A grim future for Arrium, Ford and Queensland Nickel workers?
The Queensland Government has approved mining leases for the Carmichael coal mine, marking one of the largest approvals of its kind in the state’s history. Three individual leases have been approved for the $21.7 billion project, which includes the go-ahead for the rail construction project in the Galilee Basin. A spokesperson for Adani Australia welcomed … Continue reading Carmichael coal approved, construction to start in 2017
As automation and autonomous machinery becomes more prevalent on the mine, it is changing the face of the industry, but how will it affect workers?
OZ Minerals has accelerated its plans to develop a new mine, the Carrapateena copper gold project, creating hundreds of new jobs.
Geoscientific employment in Australia continues to plumb new depths, with record underemployment since the start of the Australian geoscientist employment survey in 2009.