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Professional Reciprocity recognised for geoscientists between Australia and the Philippines

The Professional Regulatory Board of Geology which operates under the Professional Regulation Commission of the Phillippines has recognised that reciprocity exists between geoscience bodies in Australia and the Philippines. 

Accordingly, Australian geoscientists are now able to take the Philippines geologist licensure examination.

The recognition of reciprocity between the two countries follows efforts by Scott Robson, an Australian geologist resident in the Philippines to be allowed to take the licensure examination.  Mr Robson has a BSc from Monash University and his professional standing in Australia was supported by letters provided by both AIG and AusIMM.  The Professional Regulatory Board of Geology recognised that Mr Robson’s degree was equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from a Philippines university and that reciprocity on the practice of geology exists between the two countries.

The ruling is seen as establishing the opportunity for other Australian geologists to undertake the Philippines geologist licensure examination in the future.

The latest Australian geoscientist employment survey is open for contributions – one week to go!

The latest instalment in the Australian geoscientist employment survey series, looking at the September quarter (Juy to September) of 2018, is open for contributions until next Saturday (27 October).  Please take two or three minutes to contribute to the survey this week if you haven’t already done so.  

This survey, available here, will provide data on trends in geoscientist employment in Australia during the third quarter (July to October) of 2018.  In the June quarter, the Australian geoscientists unemployment rate fell to 8.5%.   This was the lowest level of unemployment seen in several years and the survey results indicated that some long term unemployed geoscientists were returning to work.


Australian geoscientist unemployment – June 2009 to June 2018.

Every state, except Queensland, experienced a decrease in unemployment during the June quarter.  The unemployment rate in Queensland increased from 11.3% at the end of March to 12.2% at the end of June.  In Western Australia, unemployment fell from 9.4% to 7.9%.  In South Australia, the unemployment rate fell from 11.1% to 10.3%.

The period covered by this survey is typically one of the busiest times in the Australian exploration field season, which will make the results of this survey especially interesting.

The survey takes only two or three minutes to complete.  You do not need to be an AIG member to contribute.  No data that could personally identify respondents is collected.  Contributions to the survey are required from both employed and unemployed geoscientists to ensure the relevance of results.  Your completing the survey really helps to make a difference to the standing and knowledge of our profession.

The survey will be open for contributions until 27th October.  Every contribution adds to the reliability of the survey results.

AIG Council Meeting Summary – 3 October 2018

Council met 3rd October 2018.  The following note is a summary of the key points discussed at the meeting for the information of members, intended to promote transparent management of Institute affairs and member engagement.  These notes have been approved by Council but are not a substitute for the meeting minutes.

A number of members remain unfinancial for the 2018-2019 financial year.  This isn’t unusual for this time of year.  Reminder notices have been sent by email.  Unfinancial members have been ineligible to exercise benefits of AIG membership, including acting as a Competent Person in compliance with the JORC Code since 30 September 2018.  Members who remain unfinancial at 31 December 2018 may be required to reapply for membership. You can check whether you are currently financial using the member search facility on the AIG web site.

Council approved a revised Registered Professional Geoscientist application review process proposed by the AIG Registration Board.

AIG Student Bursary recipients for 2018 have been selected and were approved by Council.  All bursary applicants will be advised of the status of their applications (successful or unsuccessful) prior to the list of recipients for 2018 being announced.

Work has commenced on a series of short, focussed JORC Code training modules for both geoscientists and other “end-users” of public exploration results, mineral resources and ore reserves reports.  Pilot courses will be run in Townsville early in 2019.  A course explaining the role of the JORC Code and Competent Persons for early career geoscientists is also in development.  Council discussed a micro-accreditation module under which multiple, short, linked training courses can be completed towards satisfying a training objective, rather than requiring course participants to enrol in a single, long training course.  The longer-term objective is to have courses available for delivery, face to face, across Australia or on-line.  The subjects of these courses will also be expanded to cover practical skills required by early career geoscientists with time.  Member involvement in this process will be welcome.

A proposal for establishment of a Nominations Committee, to help ensure Council has the requisite skills to manage and further develop the Institute, was considered.

Council accepted Michael Edward’s resignation as Chair of AIG’s Ethics and Standards Committee, with an expression of sincere thanks to Michael for his work in this important role over a number of years.  Jacqui Coombes has agreed to replace Michael in this role.  An announcement of Jacqui’s appointment will be made shortly.

James Llorca tendered his resignation from Council.  A process to fill the casual vacancy created by James’s resignation was initiated. Council sincerely thanked James for his work in the management and development of the Institute.

Stuart Masters resigned as an AIG representative on the JORC Committee.  A process to select a new representative was initiated.

Proposed changes to AIG’s Constitution and Code of Ethics, intended to improve the fairness of AIG’s Complaints and Ethics and Standards processes were received from Ashurst, a leading, Australian, national law firm.  The proposed changes are currently being prepared for consideration and endorsement by members at an Extraordinary General Meeting, probably in early 2019.

A revised Privacy Policy, developed for AIG by Ashurst, was approved by Council and published on the AIG web site.

Council discussed the potential benefits of engaging a Chief Executive Officer to increase public representation of AIG members’ interests on professional and community issues.

Council approved AIG joining the Digital Object Identifier consortium to enable DOIs to be added to AIG publications, making them easier to search for, locate and reference, and potentially making AIG publications a more attractive platform for authors.

Andrew Waltho met with Edumine during October.  The meeting discussed how AIG members could become involved in developing training materials for delivery, globally, using Edumine’s platform and receive remuneration for their work.  The dialogue with Edumine is ongoing.

AGCC2018 will be held in Adelaide during Earth Science Week (14-19 October).  After AGCC2018, the focus will shift to AEGC2019 to be held in Perth during 2-5 September 2019.  AEGC2019, being convened jointly by ASEG, PESA and AIG, will build on the success of AEGC2018 in Sydney last February.

Any of the topics discussed in this summary may be discussed with any Council member.  Contact details appear at the back of each issue of AIG News.The next Council meeting will be held 14 November, 2018.  Papers for the meeting, including branch and committee reports, should be submitted by 24 October.

Andrew Waltho

Epithermal Au-Ag and Porphyry Cu-Au Exploration

Greg Corbett and Stuart Hayward are presenting their informative and well regarded epithermal Au-Ag and porphyry Cu-Au exploration short course in Sydney this December.

Two days of PowerPoint lectures (December 4 and 5) focus upon mineral exploration for epithermal and porphyry ore deposits derived from Dr Corbett’s 40 years field experience, including earlier short courses provided with the late Terry Leach from the early 1990’s. Exploration and mining examples from over 40 countries are used to delineate the characteristics of different epithermal and porphyry ore types, and controls to mineralisation, using tools such as alteration, structure and breccias. The exploration implications are considered throughout and a final section considers geological features recognised in exploration marginal to ore bodies. Participants will be provided with a current draft to the new short course notes. Drafts of the first few chapters are available here.  The lectures will be held at the York Club, 99 York St Sydney, with lunch, morning and afternoon teas provided. 

A practical exercise will be held W B Clarke Geoscience Centre, Londonderry December 6, using selected diamond drill core referred to in the lectures and a set of teaching specimens to provide hands on training in ore and alteration mineralogy and the use of geological models. It will be run by Corbett and Stuart Hayward, who has over 30 years experience in epithermal-porphyry ore deposit exploration and mining. A return bus from the city and lunch provided.

Prices include lunch, morning and afternoon teas and transport to and from Londonderry.

  • Students $150 + GST, but if you need assistance contact greg@corbettgeology.com
  • Unemployed geologists $400 + GST
  • Employed geologists $1500 + GST

Minimum of 20 participants required and limited to a maximum of 40.  For registration details visit www.corbettgeology.com/services/


Professor Kurt Lambeck awarded Prime Minister’s Prize for Science

Emeritus Professor Kurt Lambeck AO from the Australian National University was awarded the 2018 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science at a ceremony in Canberra this week.

The award recognises Professor Lambeck’s 50-year contribution to Australian and global geodesy that underpins the GPS technology on which we rely for accurate navigation and enables more accurate guidance of satellites and space missions, helps track changes in sea levels over time, and facilitates detailed understanding of the deep structure of Earth.

During his career, Professor Lambeck has held leadership roles at universities in France and the US and has won a number of international awards from Sweden, Japan, France, Norway, the US and the Netherlands.

Professor Lambeck joined the Research School of Earth Sciences at ANU in 1977.  He is currently President of the Australian Academy of Science and a member of the Antarctic Ecosystem and Environment CRC.  

He was elected to the Australian Academy of Science in 1984 and to the Royal Society in 1994. He is a foreign member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (1993), Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (1994), Academia Europaea (1999),the Académie des Sciences, Institut de France (2005), and the US National Academy of Sciences (2009). He has received a number of international prizes and awards including the Tage Erlander Prize from the Swedish Research Council (2001), the Prix George Lemaître from the Université catholique de Louvain (2001), and the Eminent Scientist Award from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (2004).

He has published two books and more than 250 papers on subjects in geophysics, geology, geodesy, space science, celestial mechanics, environmental geoscience, and glaciology.

AIG congratulates Professor Lambeck on his prestigious award which recognizes his contribution to Earth sciences throughout his distinguished career.