AIG hand lenses now available!

AIG hand lenses now available!

AIG hand lenses are available to members through the Institute’s publications on-line shop.

The hand lenses provide approximately 10x magnification across a wide, 25mm field of view and feature a bright, white LED light powered by an internal, replaceable battery which helps to provide a great view of samples.  The hand lenses also have a lanyard attachment and come in a storage box with a battery removal tool.

$10 each (including GST) plus postage.  

New smart phone app provides a real-time view of Earth

NASA have released a new smart phone app, Earth Now, which integrates data from the agency’s global climate satellites.

Earth Now visualises recent global climate data from NASA’s Earth science satellites, including surface temperature, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, ozone and water vapour, as well as gravity and sea level variations.

The project was developed by the Earth Science Communications team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and is available for both iOS and Android devices.  Search for Earth-Now in the Apple App Store and Google Play store.











































AEGC 2018 Keynote Speakers Announced

AIG is proud to be joining the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (ASEG) and the Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia (PESA) to present what will become a regular event on the Australian geoscience calendar, showcasing exploration geoscience in Australia.

The theme of the meeting is Exploration, Innovation and Integration.

The Conference will also incorporate the Eastern Australia Basins Symposium normally managed by PESA and the rolling 18 months Conference of ASEG and will be home to the highest quality technical program and Exhibition that members will have grown accustomed to from our three organisations.

Discover Sydney, Australia’s famous harbour city and capital of New South Wales. Plan your Sydney visit with beautiful sundrenched beaches and much more.

The keynote speakers for the AEGC have now been released

Registrations are now closed.

Register for find out more information at

AGCC 2018 – Abstract Submission Now Open

Individuals are invited to submit an abstract for AGCC 2018. The submission form is now open and will be available until the cut-off date of 16 June 2018 on the convention’s official website. 

Please note that individuals will only be permitted to deliver one oral presentation (unless they are a plenary or invited keynote speaker), but they may co-author multiple oral presentations and may give multiple poster presentations. Full details on abstract submission requirements and terms available here.


Convention registration is now open!

Early bird registration will be available until 7 July 2018.

Registration Fees Released

Registration fees for AGCC 2018 have now been released on the convention’s official website.

Registration fees will cover lunches, morning and afternoon refreshments, one ticket to the Welcome Reception and materials, including the detailed Convention Program and Abstracts.

Member Organisations of the Australian Geoscience Council will receive a discount on full registrations. Please click here to see all registration options.

Connect with the Convention

Geoscientist Employment Recovery Stalled

The latest quarterly survey of Australian geoscientist employment, covering the third quarter of 2017, shows that employment prospects for geoscientists have remained unchanged since March 2017, despite anecdotal evidence pointing to an upturn in mining and exploration industry activity.  The survey was conducted during October 2017 by the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG).

Figure 1.  Geoscientist unemployment and under-employment in Australia June 2009 – September 2017

The national unemployment rate at 30 September 2017 amongst Australia’s professional geoscientists was 12.2%, up slightly from the 30 June figure of 11.3%.  Underemployment amongst self-employed geoscientists for the same period, however, fell to 18.0% from 19.0%. 

The combined figures point to no improvement in employment prospects for the geoscience professions as a whole since March 2017.

AIG spokesperson Andrew Waltho expressed surprise at the flat result in the latest survey.  “Australian geoscientists were looking forward to an improvement in the employment situation in the September survey due to what appeared to be improved sentiment amongst professional geoscientists”.  “The survey results, however, don’t contain any good news”.  “Unemployment in the mineral exploration sector continues to sit at around 12%”.   “The surprise in this survey’s results was that unemployment in metalliferous mining geology increased from 5.2% in June to 11.0% at the end of September”.

The survey results point to:

  • An ongoing lack of exploration investment in activities that deliver discoveries: mapping, sampling, geophysical surveys and drilling.
  • A decline in orebody knowledge generation – an essential element in optimising the value of known orebodies and generating brownfield discoveries that help to extend the life of mines and provide a basis for mine expansions.  Expansions are, by far, the lowest cost means of adding to our metal and mineral production base.

“We need to remember too that for every job lost in exploration and mining in Australia, three to four other jobs are lost in the broader community” Mr Waltho said.   “Initiatives announced recently by both federal and state governments to promote investment and sponsor drilling of advanced exploration projects don’t appear to be having an impact across the exploration and mining sector”.  “This could be due to none of the initiatives announced tackling the thorny question of access to land and perceptions of growing sovereign risk in Australia”.  “Both of these have a negative impact on investment” Mr Waltho said.  “Recent talk of royalty and tax increases in Western Australia appear to have had an immediate impact on industry sentiment which has already had a negative impact on geoscientist employment” Mr Waltho said.

State unemployment rates were relatively uniform, between 11.0% in New South Wales to 12.3% in Western Australia (Figure 2).   Underemployment results amongst self-employed geoscientists were more broadly spread, ranging from 14.7% in Western Australia to almost 28% in South Australia.  Employment conditions improved in Queensland, and unemployment also fell in both Victoria and South Australia.  In all other states, however, unemployment and underemployment rates were static or increased (Figure 3).

Figure 2.  Geoscientist unemployment and underemployment by State

Figure 3.  Changes in state unemployment and underemployment during Q32 (june – September) 2017

Some 492 responses were received to the survey.

Brisbane, 10 November, 2017


Two new events from Geoscientists Symposia

Geophysics for the Mineral Exploration Geoscientist

Date: 11-13 December 2017

Venue: Tawarri Reception Centre, Dalkeith WA

Presenter : Mike Dentith

This innovative training course uses applied learning techniques and real-world mineral exploration scenarios to train participants in the key principles of interpreting geophysical data sets, without the need for complex mathematics and physics.
This course teaches participants to integrate geological and geophysical methods to optimise mineral exploration.
With more than 25 years experience in teaching, research and consulting in mineral exploration geophysics, Prof Mike Dentith is co-author of the award winning textbook, Geophysics for the Mineral Exploration Geoscientist, on which this course is based. He has run professional courses for industry, government and professional societies in Australia, South America, Asia and Africa.
Click here for a copy of the workshop brochure or to register on-line via the web site.


Date: 2 to 3 August 2018 (just before Diggers and Dealers)

Venue to be advised.

Featuring four exciting sessions, this two day meeting encompasses:

  • Conglomerate Gold
  • Regolith Gold
  • From Target to Mine
  • Gold Research

Call for Papers

Please send us an expression of your interest by sending an email to

Deadline extended – 34th International Geological Congress Travel Grant Scheme for Early-Career Australian and New Zealand Geoscientists

Applications for 2018 deadline extended – 15th November 2017!

Specific funding is available to provide Australian and New Zealand geoscientists in the early stages of their careers with opportunities to travel internationally to further their careers as geoscientists by, for example, undertaking field work in appropriate areas, visiting and working with appropriate international experts, inspecting appropriate mines or other geoscientific features such as type localities, participating in professionally-organised geoscientific conferences or conventions, etc.

For the 2017 round of applications, additional funds will be made to early-career geoscientists that propose to make a significant contribution to the Australian Geoscience Council Convention to be held in Adelaide in October 2018. Significant contributions that will be considered include, but are not limited to: contributing to the organisation of the convention by joining a Sub-committee, convening a session or workshop, leading a fieldtrip.

To apply for these grants, or just to find out more, go to