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Latest Australian Geoscientist Employment Survey Open for Contributions

The latest Australian Geoscientist Employment Survey, designed to measure the employment prospects of geoscientists during the September quarter of 2015 is open for contributions.  Please follow this link to complete the survey.

These surveys are run regularly by AIG to help to monitor employment prospects for geoscientists in Australia.

The geoscience professions in Australia are experiencing a pronounced and prolonged downturn in employment prospects. Geoscientist unemployment in Australia, in the June Quarter of 2015 was found to be comparable with that experienced at the peak of the global financial crisis in 2008-2009.

Thanks to your support, the AIG Australian Geoscientist Employment Survey is now regarded as a trusted indicator of geoscientist employment specifically, and an indicator of the health of Australia’s exploration and mining sector more generally. We need your support, for a few minutes every every quarter to maintain the value of this series of surveys.

Please note that no data that could personally identify respondents is collected by this survey.

The survey will remain open for contributions until 16th October.

The few minutes of your time spent completing the survey really helps to make a difference to the standing and knowledge of our profession.  Please share the survey link with your friends and colleagues.  You do not need to be an AIG member to complete the survey.  Contributions are welcome from all professional geoscientists in Australia.

The Fraser Institute’s 14th annual survey of mining companies is now underway and will continue until the end of November.  The survey is widely regarded as an authoritative measure of the attractiveness of exploration investment globally.  The data collected will allow the survey team to identify those provinces, states, and countries that pose the greatest barriers to investment in the mining sector, as well as the reasons underlying any significant shifts in the jurisdictional rankings from a year ago.

The report on the findings of last year’s survey, Survey of Mining Companies 2014, can be downloaded here.

AIG members are invited to participate in the 2015 survey. Greater participation will help to ensure that the results reflect the views of professionals with first-hand knowledge of the mining investment climate in countries around the globe. Broad involvement in the survey will also increase the number of jurisdictions evaluated, thereby providing more governments with candid and anonymous opinions on their mining policies. The survey can be completed in less than 15 minutes. All information collected through the survey remains confidential.

Executives, managers, and other experts with mining exploration and development companies, and their advisors, are asked to complete the 2015 survey questionnaire with respect to jurisdictions about which they are knowledgeable.

To participate in this year’s survey, please send your contact information to the survey coordinator Taylor Jackson who will respond with a survey invitation.  To learn more about this project, please contact Taylor Jackson by email or by telephone at the Fraser Institute’s offices in Vancouver, Canada on +1 604 688 0221 ext. 553.  Your information will be kept in strict confidence, and will not be shared with anyone outside of the mining survey.

The Australian Geoscience Council (AGC) and the Australian Academy of Science (AAS) are pleased to announce the inaugural call for applications for sponsorship under our joint Travel Grant Scheme. 

AIG has been closely involved in the development of our Strategic Plan for the AGC, to raise the profile of Geoscience in Australia.  This was important to ensure that we allocate wisely the financial resources that are a legacy of the 34th International Geological Congress held in Brisbane in August 2012.

Another major outcome of the success of the 34th IGC is an agreement between the AGC and the AAS to create a substantial Travel Grant Scheme. The proceeds of some investments from the IGC surplus are being used to support the travel and associated expenses of Australian and New Zealand ‘early-career geoscientists’ to further their geoscience careers. This process is now in place and further details, conditions and application forms are online at . It is anticipated that this Scheme will be another significant legacy of the 34th IGC.

These travel grants may be used to participate in professionally organised geoscientific conferences or conventions, undertake field work in appropriate areas, visit and work with appropriate international experts, or inspect appropriate mines or other geoscientific features such as type localities. There will be around five grants made available each year of between $2,000 and $5,000.

The application process closes for this year on 31 October and results will be announced in early December, to support geoscientist travel during 2016.

The Australian Academy of Science has already commenced a substantial mail-out to all their academic contacts. We are hoping for a lot of publicity to ensure maximum benefit from this important initiative. For further information please contact me or Leanne Gunther at

Contaminated Land New Zealand 2016Contaminated Land 2016 will be held in Auckland New Zealand, 16-17 March, 2016.  The conference is to be presented by the Australasian Land and Groundwater Association.

Abstracts are being sought for 15 minute papers or posters accompanied by 5 minute “elevator pitch” presentations.

Full details regarding the conference themes, abstract formats and submission requirements are available from the ALGA web site.


ALGA will be presenting Bill Deutsch’s Introduction to Groundwater Geochemistry course in Perth and Brisbane during November.

This is an introductory geochemistry course for scientists and engineers working in the field of groundwater site characterization, contamination, and remediation.

It is designed to provide basic information on geochemistry that is necessary to understand natural and contaminated systems and how the composition of groundwater evolves along its flowpath in the subsurface.

Geochemical processes that will be described and discussed include solution complexation reactions, solution/gas interactions, mineral dissolution/precipitation, oxidation/reduction, and adsorption/desorption. Data collection, presentation, and interpretation of results will be discussed.

Examples that illustrate the concepts are described throughout the class. At the end of this one-day class, attendees will have a better understanding of the types of geochemical processes that affect groundwater composition, the importance of collecting sufficient data to understand site-specific geochemical systems, and how to use data to evaluate contaminant occurrence and mobility in the subsurface.

This course is being held in Perth and Brisbane to supplement the Introduction to Organic Groundwater Geochemistry Course.

Perth – 17th November 15 – 9am – 4pm
Brisbane – 25th November 15 9am – 4pm

Visit the ALGA web site for further details.