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Welcome to the New AIG Website

The new web site went live on Tuesday night this week (18th March 2014).  

The site has been redeveloped from the ground-up.  The new web site is the first stage of an ambitious programme to deliver enhanced services to members that will culminate in the implementation of a new, secure, on-line membership information management system and electronic delivery of an expanded range of AIG publications, including AIG News.

The web site has been re-designed to provide improved, timely access to information regarding AIG activities and events throughout Australia.  The AIG Publications Committee, over several months, worked closely with Victorian web site development and graphic design firm MRGraphics to develop a visually appealing and easy to navigate web site that delivers information to AIG members. The MRGraphics team was led by Fiona Makin, the business owner, geologist and AIG Member, and the graphic design of the site is the work of Wency Luong, MRGraphics’ graphic designer.  The design of the site incorporates experience and feedback received from previous versions of the AIG web site which has been on-line for almost 10 years.

The appearance and navigation of the site has been greatly improved.  The latest news articles appear on the home page and previous posts are organised month by month in the News menu accessed directly from the home page.  Information regarding AIG and kindred society events has also been significantly enhanced.  An events calendar accessible from every page of the web site clearly shows what’s on and when.  The detailed listings for each event include a map of the event location and clearer descriptions of event details.  In a few weeks this will be expanded to provide on-line RSVP, registration and invoicing for events.

The news articles are now grouped by calendar month under the News menu.  The information bar at the right of the page provides access to each month’s archive and lists the keywords associated with the news items currently on the site.  The more common the keyword, the larger the text.  Check out the News for this month – quite a bit of content was added to the new site that didn’t appear on the old site as the changeover drew nearer, including analysis of the results of the latest employment survey.

Specialist portals for student and graduate members are currently being developed.  The content available through these portals will be added progressively over the next few weeks.

AIG Journal, the Institute’s on-line avenue for the publication of technical articles by members, has been reinvigorated as “Field Notes”.  The aim of this section of the web site is to provide a means for members to rapidly publish short, topical articles dealing with any aspects of professional and technical practice such as new geoscientific techniques, geological descriptions of interesting outcrops to mineral deposits, sampling and analytical methods, information geoscience, professional ethics ….. the diversity of content will reflect that of contributions.  “Field Notes” is intended to fill a gap in the current geoscience publication landscape and provide credible exposure of members’ skills and experience.

Implementation of a new, secure, Australian developed and supported membership system has commenced.  The system will provide the ability for members to maintain their personal data,  review all information held by AIG about themselves and subscribe to AIG newsletters and publications, including AIG News.

The web site will also provide access to an increasing range of presentations from AIG technical talks, seminars and conferences; and videos of AIG meetings which will also be available on AIG’s You Tube channel.

Visit the site regularly for updates, or follow progress via the AIG LinkedIn Group or like the AIG page on Facebook.  Let us know what you think of the new site and what else you’d like to see.

Exposure draft: Australian Guidelines for Estimation and Classification of Coal Resources

Exposure draft released for public comment.

An exposure draft of the Australian Guidelines for the estimation and classification of Coal Resources has been released for industry comment. The draft has been produced by a voluntary committee of industry representatives as a revision to the 2003 Edition of the Australian Coal Guidelines. A survey enabling interested people to make comments on the exposure draft will soon be available. If you work with Coal Resources, you are encouraged to take a look at the exposure draft.

In 1971, the first version of ‘the Coal Guidelines’ predecessor document was published. Since that time a number of updates have occurred. The last edition prepared by the Queensland Mining Council and Coalfields Geology Council of NSW was published in 2003.

In 2013 a committee was formed comprising industry professionals to review the Coal Guidelines in line with the release of the 2012 JORC Code. Represented by members of the Queensland Resources Council, Coalfields Geology Council of NSW, the Joint Ore Reserves Committee, various mining companies and consultancies, this group embarked on a review and preparation of a draft document which could be presented to the coal industry as the successor document to the 2003 Coal Guidelines.

The review committee recognised that over time and successive publications, similarities existed between parts of the JORC Code and Coal Guidelines. Likewise there was acknowledgment that conflicts had also developed.

The review committee decided that the successor document to the Coal Guidelines should enhance the JORC Code in relation to Coal rather than replicate aspects of or create conflict with the Code. The scope of this new guideline was to provide:

  • best practice guidance for estimating and classifying Coal Resources
  • recommndations for the determination of reasonable prospects for eventual economic extraction of coal deposits
  • a variety of assessment tools that can be used for the estimation and classification of Coal Resources, rather than the sole application of maximum suggested distances between Points of Observation
  • a definition for Inventory Coal which is not defined in the JORC Code.

This exposure draft of the successor document, ‘Australian Guidelines for the Estimation and Classification of Coal Resources’ has now been released for public comment. The review committee is now seeking feedback from the industry on the document and its suitability to replace the 2003 edition of the Coal Guidelines.

To review the exposure draft, please click here.

In the coming weeks an online feedback and survey portal will be made available. The review committee is requesting individuals from the wider coal industry to review the document and via this portal comment on components of the existing draft and make suggested edits or additions. The review committee will also be seeking to determine if the intent of the draft as a replacement document has been met. Some questions will be asked to establish the demographics of respondents. Any personal details requested will be used for the sole purpose of this review and shall not be distributed to other parties. Contact with individuals may be made as a part of the review to obtain clarification on responses.

It is envisaged that upon closure of the feedback survey, collation and review of feedback submissions shall be made prior to the release of an approved successor document. The review committee would like to thank in advance participants providing feedback for this exposure draft and look forward to the publication of the 2014 edition of the Australian Guidelines for the Estimation and Classification of Coal Resources for use in conjunction with the JORC Code.

AIG is providing information regarding the review of the Coal Guidelines as a service to Members but is not directly involved  in the review.  

Australian Institute of Geoscientists Privacy Policy

Prepared 12 September, 2018 
Approved by Council 3 October 2018

The Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG) ABN 22 002 266 659 recognises the importance of privacy protection and takes all practicable measures to ensure the privacy of any Personal Information provided to it for the conduct of AIG activities.

AIG treats personal information in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act).  This Privacy Policy explains how we handle Personal Information relating to individuals, to meet the requirements of the Privacy Act.

1.  Definitions

In this Privacy Policy the expression “we“, “us” and “our” are a reference to AIG.  The expressions “you” and “your” refer to each individual whose Personal Information we may handle from time to time where we are required to comply with the Privacy Act in respect of such Personal Information.

Personal Information means information or an opinion about an identified individual, or an individual who is reasonably identifiable:

  • whether the information or opinion is true or not; and
  • whether the information or opinion is recorded in a material form or not.

Privacy Policy means this document as amended from time to time.

Sensitive Information means information or an opinion about an individual’s racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, membership of a political association, religious beliefs or affiliations, philosophical beliefs, membership of a professional or trade association, membership of a trade union, sexual orientation or practices or criminal record that is also personal information, health information, genetic information, biometric information or biometric templates.

Spam Act means the Spam Act 2003 (Cth). 

2.  What Information Do We Collect?

We only collect Personal Information to the extent that it is reasonably necessary for one or more of our functions or activities, which are generally described in this Privacy Policy.

The personal information we collect from you includes:

  • your name and contact details, such as your address, telephone number(s), email address(es);
  • country and state of residence;
  • AIG membership status;
  • information required to process your membership application or other orders;
  • where provided to us, your academic qualifications or employment details; and 
  • where provided to us, information required to facilitate payment of membership subscriptions, donations, conference and seminar registrations and purchases of AIG publications.

All payments made using online facilities provided by AIG are processed using a secure, external website provided by AIG’s bank.  AIG itself does not handle, collect, or store any of the financial or credit card details of anyone making payments through the website and takes no responsibility for the security of that information.

3.  How Do We Collect Your Personal Information?

Our preference is to collect your Personal Information directly from you, unless it is unreasonable or impractical to do so. 

Information will generally be collected from the following sources:

  • the membership application you fill in to join AIG;
  • any subsequent information you provide to keep your information current after joining AIG;
  • contributions to AIG surveys;
  • subscription to AIG online and email newsletters, including our “AIGeoscope” online newspaper; and
  • any information you provide to us at AIG related events, locations and functions.

4.  Why Do We Need Your Personal Information?

AIG may use and disclose your Personal Information for the primary purpose for which we collected it, such as:

  • to provide you with our products, services or business activities;
  • to assess your eligibility for membership; 
  • to verify your identity and membership status; 
  • to maintain contact with you on matters relevant to your membership of AIG; 
  • to provide you with information regarding AIG activities and business, events, products or services we offer; and
  • to facilitate online payment of membership dues, event registrations, publications and other products or services.

    We may also use and disclose your Personal Information for other purposes permitted or required by law, including reasonably related (or directly related, for Sensitive Information) secondary purposes that are within your reasonable expectations.

    If you do not provide us with the Personal Information, or you withdraw your consent for AIG to collect, use and disclose your personal information, we may be unable to provide our services to you.

    5.  Communication From Us

    We do not use Sensitive Information for marketing purposes. 

    We may use and disclose your Personal Information (other than Sensitive Information) to provide you with information on:

    • special offers, products and services offered by AIG; and
    • upcoming events and functions by AIG,

    where you have consented to us doing so.  All electronic messages will identify AIG.

    If at any time you no longer wish to receive direct marketing from us or do not want your information disclosed for direct marketing, you may unsubscribe using the link in each email message, using the newsletter subscription link on the AIG website home page, or by contacting us using the details below.

    Please note that even if you have requested not to receive further direct marketing communications, we may nevertheless continue to provide you with information about changes to our terms and conditions for the supply of our services or activities, and other factual information as permitted under the Privacy Act and Spam Act.

    6.  Will We Give Your Personal Information to Anyone Else?

    We will not sell, trade or transfer any of the Personal Information we collect to third parties, unless permitted or required to under the Privacy Act. 

    We may disclose Personal Information to third parties in the following circumstances:

    • where we need to provide your Personal Information for a specific legal purpose to our representatives, such as accountants, auditors or lawyers; or
    • where that third party is a contractor engaged to provide goods or services to us.  We strive to limit the information we give contractors to what they need to perform their services for us or provide products or services to you.

    Please note that AIG member’s names, membership grade, membership number and state of residence may be made publicly available through the AIG website for the sole purpose of confirming AIG membership.

    7.  How Do We Protect Personal Information?

    The security of your personal details on the AIG website will depend on both your actions and ours.  When you use the website, we require you to take specific measures to protect against unauthorised access, such as:

    • establishing a password for your personal profile;
    •  ensuring access codes given to you are secure;
    • trying to memorise your access codes; 
    • not telling anyone of your access codes; 
    • not keeping your computer and undisguised access codes together;
    • immediately telling us if you suspect the security of your access code(s) have been breached; and
    • immediately changing your access codes if any breach is suspected.

    8.  Where is Your Information Stored?

    We (and our subcontractors) may hold electronic records of your Personal Information using cloud technology or other electronic means, or in paper form.  These means of holding Personal Information may include offshore storage. 

    It is not practicable for us to specify in advance the location of every service provider with whom we deal and their locations.  However, typically AIG’s website and membership database is stored in Australia.  Email contact information used for the distribution of newsletters and information collected by AIG surveys is stored in the United States of America.  Information collected for our “AIGeoscope” web newspaper is stored in Switzerland.

    9.  Access, Correction and Further Information

    We will provide you with access to your Personal Information held by us unless we are permitted under the Privacy Act to refuse to provide you with such access.  Please contact us via the details below if you:

    • wish to have access to the Personal Information which we hold about you;
    • consider that the Personal Information which we hold about you is not accurate, complete or up to date; or
    • have a complaint or inquiry, or otherwise require further information on our Personal Information handling practices. 

    There is no charge for requesting access to your Personal Information but we may require you to meet our reasonable costs in actually providing you with access.

    We will use reasonable efforts to deal promptly with complaints and inquiries and, in any event, acknowledge your request within 30 days. 

    If you are not satisfied with how we manage your complaint, you may contact the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner at www.oaic.gov.au.

    10.  Changes to This Privacy Policy

    AIG reserves the right to change or update this Privacy Policy at any time, without prior notice. When we do, the revised Privacy Policy will be posted on the AIG website, www.aig.org.au. The effective date of the revised policy will be recorded in the updated Privacy Policy.

    You may obtain a copy of our current Privacy Policy from our website or by contacting us via the details provided in paragraph 11 (below).

    11. Further Information

    If you would like more information about this Privacy Policy or any other privacy related issue please contact AIG’s Executive Officer, who can be contacted using the following details:

    Ms Lynn Vigar
    AIG Executive Officer
    PO Box 576
    CROWS NEST NSW 1585
    Australia

    T: +61 2 9431 8662
    E: exec@aig.org.au 

    Productivity Commission Report into Mineral and Energy Resource Exploration Released

    The final report of the Productivity Commission‘s enquiry into Mineral and Energy Resource Exploration was sent to Government on 27 September 2013 and was released on 5 March 2014.

    The Australian Government asked the Commission to undertake a 12-month inquiry into the non-financial barriers to mineral and energy resource exploration.

    Specifically,  the Commission was asked to:

    • determine if there is evidence of unnecessary regulatory burden and if there is, make recommendations on how to reduce or eliminate these burdens;
    • examine the complexity and time frames of government approvals processes for exploration, and potential for delay due to appeals both within and across jurisdictions;
    • examine areas of duplication between and within Local, State, Territory and Commonwealth regulation that can be triggered throughout an exploration project;
    • examine costs of non-financial barriers (including regulatory and related costs);
    • consider options to improve the regulatory environment for exploration activities, having regard to regulatory objectives; and,
    • assess the impact of non-financial barriers on international competitiveness and economic performance of Australia’s exploration sector.

    The terms of reference included certain exclusions in relation to:

    • local, state, territory and Commonwealth taxation and fiscal policy;
    • the Government’s response to the Report of the Independent Review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999; and,
    • processes under the Commonwealth’s Native Title Act 1993, the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 or state Indigenous land rights regimes

    The Commission consulted with all relevant state, territory and Commonwealth government agencies and other key stakeholders.

    A copy of the Commission’s report is available here.  Visit http://www.pc.gov.au/inquiries/completed/resource-exploration for copies of the submissions to the enquiry and the transcripts of public hearings conducted by the Commission.

    2012 JORC Code Incorporated Into NZX Main Board Listing Rules

    Compliance with the 2012 JORC Code is now required of all NZX Main Board listed mining and resource companies.  NZX incorporated the 2012 JORC Code into the NZX Main Board Listing Rules on 1 January 2014.

    A copy of the notice sent to NZSX/NZDX listed companies notifying them of the change is available here.