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The first Responsible Mining Index report identifies areas in which large mining companies can improve. Image courtesy: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/astrid/37929475034/" target="_blank">Astrid Westvang</a>

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Responsible Mining Index goes online

A report that details how some of the world’s largest companies meet environmental, social and economic expectations has been released. Read more »
The number of quarry professionals commencing courses in surface extraction operations rose 1.4 per cent.

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Increase in extractive industry apprentices, trainees

The latest insights into how apprentice and trainee activity is faring across Australia shows an increase in trade commencements. Read more »
A new report states the extractive industries need to continue focusing on gender gap initiatives.

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Gender equality progress mapped in new report

A new report challenges quarrying and mining employers to evaluate whether they are “leading, lagging or losing out” in workplace gender diversity progress. Read more »
Quarry operators are currently one of the most sought after skills, particularly in Victoria. Image courtesy: <a href="https://www.hays.com.au/mining/index.htm" target="_blank">Hays</a>

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Operators in hot demand, new report states

A shortage of machinery operators in Victoria is just one employment trend in the resources industry that is set to dominate the first half of 2018, a report by recruiting firm Hays suggests. Read more »

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Stamping out negative attitudes, practices in the 'fair go' era

The IQA conference in Toowoomba in October highlighted the great strides that the IQA and the extractive industry is taking to encourage more women and young people into the sector. However, as Damian Christie remarks, there are still concerning signs that the safety of all workers risks being compromised so long as old, ingrained attitudes and lack of workplace flexibility linger. Read more »
Jenny Krasny (pictured in a session with Hastings Deering personnel) says her role is to foster a teaching environment for customers where opinions are valued and where every person feels their efforts are recognised and make a difference.

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The impact of cultural stigmas on safety

Jenny Krasny will be highlighting the cultural stigmas that exist in the workplace, how they affect organisations striving for zero incidents, and strategies for an effective culture of risk minimisation. Ahead of her presentation, Jenny kindly shares some of her insights. Read more »
Drill and blast specialists are currently one of Australia’s most sought after skills.

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Report highlights Australia’s skills trends

Geologists, drill and blast specialists and metallurgists are three of the skills in hot demand this quarter, according to a new report by recruiting firm Hays. Read more »
Some of the event speakers (l-r): Amanda Croker, Linda MacDonald, Wayne Scott, Leanne Parker, Megan Davis, Michelle Connelly and Paul Sutton.

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Women in quarrying conference provides new insights

More than 85 women and men attended Brisbane’s Women in Quarrying (WIQ) conference, to promote and acknowledge women’s contributions to the aggregates industry. Read more »
A range of free tools and resources are available for employers at the Fair Work website: <a href="www.fairwork.gov.au" target="_blank">fairwork.gov.au</a>

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Mining services company forced to repay more than $2 million

A Victorian-based mining services company has been required to repay more than $2 million to workers it involuntarily short-changed over four years. Read more »
The MAQOHSC-funded training in work health and safety will be available online.

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Health, safety training offered to quarries

Free health and safety training, including some face to face training, is being offered to quarry workers over the course of one year. Read more »
It is important that you position your company as a “secured creditor” on any supply of payment terms to your end user client. This ensures property is not subject to “preferential payment clawback”.

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Preparing for the next upswing

While quarry operators and contractors will always welcome additional work and the ensuing turnover and profits that come with it, Mark O'Donoghue warns that businesses that take on such assignments must be adequately prepared to manage a complex mix of paperwork, extra borrowings, finance, debtor discounting and cash flows. Read more »
The NSW government's <em>Fatigue management evaluation manual</em>.

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Coping with mental health issues in quarries

In 2015, suicides within the quarrying and mining industries convinced many industry people that more had to be done to address the specific mental health issues of workers. Kylie Newton discusses what quarry operators can do to support and assist workers in doubt. Read more »


 


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