Month: December 2013

Leadership & Communication

Managing stakeholder relationships and expectations

A vital part of running a successful project is to develop and maintain good relationships with those who will be affected by its outcomes. However, identifying stakeholders and managing their expectations takes effective leadership skills, excellent communication and an understanding of what drives the individuals involved with the project. Good stakeholder management not only ensures…

23 Dec 2013, by test test

Mining & Resources

Abbott expresses support for Olympic Dam project

Prime minister Tony Abbott has reiterated the federal government's support for the Olympic Dam mine expansion project. BHP Billiton mothballed the scheme last year after metal prices slumped, but Mr Abbott said boosting mining engineering in the region would have significant benefits. "I want to ensure that as far as is humanly possible everything that…

21 Dec 2013, by test test

Leadership & Communication

The benefits of engaging and retaining older staff

Engaging and retaining older employees can have significant benefits for an organisation, including what the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) calls the 'diversity dividend'. As the country's workforce continues to age, businesses must prepare for the changes this will require, but many still have stereotypical views of older staff members. According to AIM, older workers…

19 Dec 2013, by test test

Transport & Logistics

North Galilee Basin rail project ‘will supercharge QLD economy’

A planned rail project in Queensland will be a major boost for the local economy, the state government has said. The $2.2 billion North Galilee Basin rail project will see the construction of a 300km rail line between the proposed Carmichael coal mine and the Abbot Point coal port. Queensland's co-ordinator general has now approved…

17 Dec 2013, by test test

Leadership & Communication

Mining & Resources

Aussies dominate inspirational women in mining rankings

Australians have featured strongly in a new ranking of top women in the mining industry. The Standard Bank-sponsored 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining list had 28 Aussies, including BHP Billiton's iron ore vice-president of finance Margaret Beck and Megan Clark, chief executive of CSIRO. Other names to make the grade were Rio Tinto's general…

17 Dec 2013, by test test

Transport & Logistics

Best stands 2013: AusRAIL rewards exhibitors for their hard work

In the last week of November, Sydney played host to AusRAIL PLUS 2013 and the 10th World Congress on Railway Research.  The successful joint events welcomed 7038 attendees from 36 nations over the four days. The AusRAIL PLUS 2013 exhibition was the largest AusRAIL exhibition held to-date, with 373 exhibition companies showcasing their products and…

16 Dec 2013, by test test

Mining & Resources

Close-up: Stewart Hagan

Stewart Hagan has been involved in the industrial minerals industry for over 30  years. He  is the General Manager at mineral sands developer Oresome Australia. Stewart will deliver a presentation at the AJM Mineral Sands Conference, to be held on the 4th-5th March 2014 in Melbourne. He will give an update on the Cape York…

16 Dec 2013, by test test

Mining & Resources

Mining training ‘important for industry employees’

The importance of mining training has been highlighted in new Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures. According to the ABS, around eight million people have undertaken some form of training or study in the last 12 months, but prevalence is higher in certain industries. The data showed more than half of miners had undertaken training…

16 Dec 2013, by test test

Leadership & Communication

Handling criticism ‘requires leadership skills’

Managers must show excellent leadership skills when addressing employee criticisms, according to recruitment specialist Hays. The organisation said businesses are failing to adequately listen to staff feedback, which could be hampering talent retention and profit margins. This is particularly true of annual employee survey results, Hays argued, with organisations routinely ignoring comments put forward by…

13 Dec 2013, by test test

Leadership & Communication

Deloitte: More women needed in ICT leadership positions

Women need more opportunities for leadership development in the ICT sector, new research by Deloitte has claimed. The 'Women in ICT - Perspectives and Perception' report found less than 20 per cent of Australians working in the industry are female, with the disparity worsening at senior levels. According to Deloitte, the number of women in…

12 Dec 2013, by test test

Mining & Resources

Mining supercycle ‘still going strong’

Australia's mining boom is not over, new research has revealed, although the market will undergo changes in the near future. The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) described the country's resources performance over recent years as a "supercycle", with incredible demand from China and other emerging markets driving iron ore, base metals and coal. However, a report…

11 Dec 2013, by test test

Transport & Logistics

Managing risk big focus at Asset Management & Maintenance conference

The Asset Management & Maintenance conference discussed the importance of implementing frameworks for a structured approach to asset management. Speakers from the Asset Management Council, IPWEA and the Independent Transport Safety Regulator came together to discuss best practices. Asset management, in simple terms, is one of those key business strategies that can sometimes be left…

10 Dec 2013, by test test