New Venue for Queensland Branch Technical Talks

New Venue for Queensland Branch Technical Talks

TranscontinentalAIG Queensland Branch technical talks are moving to the Transcontinental Hotel, 482 George St, Brisbane Qld 4000.

Closure of the Theodore Club has led to the change in venue.   The first talk at our new venue will be Dr Greg Maddocks “Geology, Geochemistry and the Social License to Operate” on 12 April.  The Transcontinental Hotel is one of Queensland’s longest-standing pubs.  It’s the beautiful old Queensland pub located at 482 George Street, opposite the Roma St train station.

Click here for more details of this talk and see you there!



TESEP 2015 Annual Report

After eight years of intensive TESEP workshop (& fieldtrip) delivery with:

  • 1836 teacher attendances at 144 workshops in 30 locations, and
  • 559 teacher attendances at 40 field/site visits,

have we made a difference to Earth & Environmental Science teaching in the classroom?

Teacher feedback says YES.

TESEP (Teacher Earth Science Education Programme) is making a difference in the delivery of Earth science education to teachers in schools in Australia’s eastern states.  The TESEP Annual Report for 2015, prepared by TESEP’s Chairperson. Jill Stevens, is available here.  More information about TESEP is available from the program website.


Project valuation resources

Peter Card presented his economic evaluation program at the recent Project Evaluation conference held in Adelaide South Australia.  The full program tools are freely available from

The site is a valuable resource for all geoscientists interested in this field of practice.

economic evaluation

2015 VALMIN Code Roadshow

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4 CPD HoursThe VALMIN Committee, in collaboration with its parent bodies (The AusIMM and AIG), will be conducting an extensive program of seminars around Australia, to build industry professionals’ understanding of the VALMIN Code, 2015 Edition.

These important professional development seminars will support the effective implementation of the revised VALMIN Code.

VALMIN 2015 has been updated to complement the changes in the 2012 JORC Code.

The seminars will be a valuable refresher for the experienced practitioner. And for those new to the use of the VALMIN Code, an introduction to the principles and key points to be aware of when preparing a technical or a valuation report.

A hypothetical case study will be presented to Illustrate the application of VALMIN 2015. Opportunities for Q & A sessions will be available at all seminars.

Roadshow workshops are being held in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.  Refer to the attached brochure for venues, dates and times in each city.


$132 AusIMM & AIG member $220 Non member
$66 AusIMM Map member, AIG unemployed or underemployed member
$66 AusIMM/AIG Student member

Click here for the seminar brochure.  For all enquiries contact AusIMM.


ASEG-PESA-AIG 2016 Update


Interpreting the Past, Discovering the Future

ASEG-PESA-AIG 2016ASEG-PESA-AIG 2016’s mixture of international and local speakers, in-depth educational offerings, and important delegate opportunities for contribution and discussion make it a “must attend” event for all in the geophysical and geological community. 

To ensure that you receive regular updates please add your name to the mailing list and refer to this website as further details regarding the conference and workshops are announced.

230 abstracts have been received which are now being reviewed and will form the foundations for a great conference in Adelaide this August.

The conference’s web site provides the most up to date on the technical programme and workshops.  Registrations are now open.


AIG News 123 is available now!

The latest edition of AIG News, the Australian Institute of Geoscientists member newsletter is now available in full colour and digital format and best of all FREE for all readers!

Now all AIG Members and Non Members can enjoy our FREE AIG Newsletter in digital format, including all previous editions. Please click here to see our archive of AIG News.


Download the latest copy of AIG News 123 below:

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Inside this latest issue…

aig_news_122_pagesFrom Your President: Our land abounds in nature’s gifts; Institute News; Membership Updates; Registered Professional Geoscientists Applications; Geoscientist Employment in Australia Continues its Slide; Geologists in the age of commodity turmoil; Upcoming Events; Sequence Stratigraphic Analysis of the Epsilon Formation, Merrimelia Ridge, Cooper Basin – South Australia; Origin of ladder dykes and associated rocks; Ravenswood: Implication of Magmatic Evolution, Fluid inclusion and trace element study of stockwork quartz at the Red Mountain porphyry copper deposit; 4: Seven Wonders of the Hydrogeological World – Iconic Blue Lake; Industry – Academic Research Projects: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly; VALMIN CODE 2015: What has changed and why?; Geologists Are Highly Biased—How to take Business Advantage of this Bias; Events Calendar; And much more…


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Sexual harassment in geosciences

TGGGPThe IUGS Task Group on Global Geoscience Professionalism (TG-GGP), of which AIG is a member, is seeking papers for inclusion in the TG-GGP sessions at the upcoming International Geological Congress in South Africa.

The topic of sexual harassment in science has been attracting considerable media attention in recent months, focussed on a prominent case in the United States which resulted in the International Astronomical Union adopting anti-harassment guidelines in February 2016.

The issue was also a subject for discussion at the American Geophysical Union’s Fall meeting last December, and recent articles in ScienceNature, and New Scientist.

Please contact the TG-GGP Secretariat if you wish to contribute.

The purpose of the Task Group on Global Geoscience Professionalsim (TGGGP) to ensure that geoscientists, engaged in all areas of geoscience, are fully engaged in the transformation of their profession; a profession that is increasingly relied upon by the public to provide expert opinion and service, and to safe-guard the public interest.

New website highlights the mining industry’s commitment to rehabilitation

A new website produced by the Minerals Council of Australia highlights the commitment of Australian mining companies to land rehabilitation.


The Australian minerals industry is committed to contributing to sustainable development outcomes, as evidenced by the widespread adoption of internationally recognised frameworks. Minerals Council of Australia member companies are signatories to Enduring Value – The Australian Minerals Industry Framework for Sustainable Development. Enduring Value provides guidance for the implementation of the 10 Sustainable Development Principles developed by the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM).

Key elements within the ICMM Principles and Enduring Value framework relate to mine closure and rehabilitation and provide guidance for the responsible decommissioning of mining operations.

The Minerals Council of Australia has also developed a Land Stewardship Policy which describes a vision and the key elements required to achieve sustainable land management throughout the mining life cycle, from exploration to relinquishment.

The Australian Academy of Science Decadal Plan for Earth Sciences


The Australian Academy of Science (AAS) develops decadal (10 year) plans for all the sciences in Australia. The Academy’s National Committee of Earth Sciences (NCES) is a committee of the AAS that is responsible for developing the Decadal Plan for the Earth Sciences.

Professor Sue O’Reilly is the Chair, National Committee for Earth Sciences.

The Australian Geoscience Council (AGC) is an active participant in this process on behalf of its eight Member Organisations (GSA, AIG, AusIMM, ASEG, PESA, AAG, IAH and AGIA).

A survey questionnaire for Australian geoscientists to provide input into the Decadal Plan for Earth Sciences is accessible here.

The decadal plan developed by NCES should help shape the priorities, direction, and emphasis of Earth Sciences in Australia including the education, training, and research that supports it. Community input and feedback is an important part of this process.

The survey is divided into five sections:

  • Roles of Earth Sciences
  • Training, education and employment
  • Research
  • Strategies for the next decade
  • Personal information

This survey should take around 15 minutes to complete, and we recommend completing on Desktop/Laptop devices.  The responses will be collated and form an integral part of the formulation of the draft decadal plan. Data from this survey will not be individually identified but will be aggregated to inform the Committee about community views and concerns.  Please note there will be an opportunity for formal submissions after the release of the draft document.

CAPSTAN: Collaborative Australian Sea Training Alliance Network

CAPSTAN: the Collaborative Australian Sea Training Alliance Network is a first of its kind sea-based training programme for post-graduate students on-board Australia’s principal research vessel, RV Investigator.
RV Investigator

CSIRO’s new research vessel, RV Investigator, was commissioned in 2015.

In 2017-2019, 3 pilot voyages will be run with up to 30 post-graduate students along with research active academics and trainers.

In order to help us achieve the most effective post-graduate training at sea programme, we are seeking input and advice from industry, government, tourism and academia on how to deliver the most effective training programme. We are conducting short-answer surveys with industry, government and tourism departments and organisations as well as marine science academics and students around their previous experiences, current perceptions and expected outcomes of on-board graduate training and marine science generally. We invite you to take one of the three surveys at our website. The closing date for the surveys is 1 April, 2016.

Enrolments for university-enrolled marine master-level students on the first pilot mission in mid-late 2017, will open in 2017.  Keep an eye on the website for details.  A one page brochure outlining the programme is also available here.

We are currently looking for industry investment in and sponsorship of the CAPSTAN programme – we can leverage additional government funding with your support. We would also encourage you to spread the word about this exciting new programme within your professional networks.

Our current partners include.

Macquarie University · Marine National Facility -CSIRO · Geoscience Australia · Integrated Marine Observing System · Sydney Institute of Marine Science · Department of the Environment – Australian Antarctic · University of Tasmania · Australian Maritime College · University of Canberra · Australian National University · University of Sydney · University of New South Wales · University of Technology Sydney · University of Western Australia · Western Sydney University.

For more information on the project or to discuss potential involvement with the CAPSTAN programme, please contact us:

Chief Investigator:
Dr Leanne Armand

Project Officer:
Dr Michael John Wilson