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2017 Volcanic Processes, Deposits, Geology and Resources Short Course

A few places are still available on the 2017 Volcanic Processes, Deposits, Geology and Resources Short Course being held in Merimbula, southern NSW during early December.

Check the AIG Events Calendar for details.

The legislation introducing the new Junior Minerals Exploration Incentive (JMEI) has been introduced into Federal Parliament this week – Treasury Laws Amendment (Junior Minerals Exploration Incentive) Bill 2017

The Bill amends the tax law to replace the former Exploration Development Incentive (EDI) with the JMEI.  Like the EDI, the JMEI provides a tax incentive to invest in small minerals exploration companies undertaking greenfields minerals exploration in Australia. Australian resident investors of these companies receive a tax incentive where the companies choose to give up a portion of their tax losses relating to their exploration expenditure in an income year.

Unlike the EDI, under the JMEI:

  • eligibility for the incentive is limited to investors that purchase newly issued shares; and
  • the incentive is allocated between eligible exploration companies on a first come, first served process (subject to integrity requirements) until the annual cap has been reached

The scheme applies from 1 July 2017 until 30 June 2021, with total credits limited to $100 million. There is a cap on the amount of credits that may be allocated to an entity of five per cent of the total amount available for each year.

For full details on the new JMEI, see the Explanatory Notes on the Bill

It is expected that this will be passed before the end of the year.

Queensland Minerals Council media release, 19 Oct 2017

The Economic Geology Research Centre (EGRU) at James Cook University (JCU), Townsville has on offer two fully funded PhD projects researching magma fertility linked to a range of deposit types in the Mount Isa region of NW Queensland.

These projects are part of a larger research effort funded by the Queensland government through the Geological Survey of Queensland (GSQ), to improve the exploration potential in the Mount Isa region. As part of this project students will work with EGRU researchers, GSQ staff and exploration geologists from various mining companies operating in the region. This is a unique opportunity to advance your research career and learn new skills as part of a world class research team.

For further information, please contact the University.

Professor Paul Dirks
College of Science, Technology and Engineering
JCU Campus
Townsville Qld 4811



AusIMM’s Hong Kong Branch invites AIG members passing through Hong Kong to attend an AusIMM technical meeting and, if possible, to give a talk.

While Hong Kong is better known for the finance industry, it does have a small group of mining professionals, mostly geologists, who are keen to interact with other geoscientists passing through Hong Kong. If we have not met you before, it’s a guaranteed that either we will know someone you know or have worked in the same mine or project.

In exchange, the Branch committee can offer a few beers and provide some local knowledge on things to do outside of the normal tourist options.

Please contact the AusIMM Hong Kong Branch via Steven Hodgson or Benny Cha with visit details and whether you are able to make a presentation to the local branch.

Dorothy Hill Women in Earth Sciences Symposium 
Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 November 2017
The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland

The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences (SEES) at The University of Queensland is proud to host the inaugural Dorothy Hill Women in Earth Sciences Symposium which will be held on Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 November 2017 at The University of Queensland.

The Symposium celebrates the achievements of notable women in the Earth Sciences and is named after the late Dorothy Hill, who was the first woman Professor in Australia, the first woman to become a member of the Australian Academy of Sciences and its first President.

Professor Dorothy Hill was a pioneer of research, a leader for women in science, a woman of action, and one of The University of Queensland’s (UQ) most outstanding graduates.  She was a well-known figure at the University from the time she was 18 years old and beginning her degree until she retired, aged in her seventies. By then she had become a world-renowned professor.  Throughout her career, she led by example and inspired women to pursue science and a university education. Through her numerous achievements, she helped to advance the place of women in academia.

This inspirational event will be a powerful two days of learning. Come and learn from, and network with, some of the world’s top female earth scientists.  Speakers include:

  • Prof Adina Paytan, University of California Santa Cruz, USA
  • Prof Kliti Grice, Curtin University, Australia
  • Prof Xu, Nanjing University, China
  • Dr Zanna Chase, University of Tasmania, Australia
  • Dr Emma Gagen, The University of Queensland, Australia
  • Prof Carmen Gaina, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Dr Vanessa Guthrie, Minerals Council of Australia
  • Associate Professor Heather Handley, Macquarie University, Australia
  • Dr Sandra McLaren, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Dr Meghan Miller, The Australian National University, Australia
  • Dr Michelle Parks, University of Iceland, Iceland
  • Dr Catherine Rose, University of St Andrews, UK
  • Jill Stevens, ESSO Australia

Further information is available on the Symposium website –